Many writers, whether they are amateurs or professionals, experience writer’s block. Sometimes, it can last for a few days only, but other times it can last for months on end. I know first-hand how frustrating writer’s block can be, so I came up with this list of tips that will hopefully help you deal with it and regain your inspiration:
1. Read or watch something new
When you’re experiencing writer’s block, you often feel as if your imagination has disappeared. One method that I’ve found very useful in dealing with that is reading or watching something new that I haven’t interacted with before. You never know when inspiration might strike you, and reading a new book or watching a new movie might give you the inspiration to write something new. I’ve discovered that even when the media I’m interacting with isn’t that captivating, it might still pique my interest by making me imagine ways I could improve it, and I can later use those ideas when writing.
Similarly, even going on a walk could help trigger your creativity, since you never know what you might come across. For me, a good source of inspiration is going to a crowded place, like a café or the subway, and listening to what people are saying around me. I’ve often used things I heard in such places as dialogue for my stories.
2. Try a different kind of writing
If you’re struggling to come up with the kind of texts that you usually write, maybe you should try a different approach to writing. For example, if you usually write prose, you could try writing poetry. Alternatively, if everything else fails, you could try keeping a journal, writing articles and reviews or even just describing objects that are around you in order to stimulate your writing abilities.
3. Challenge your writer’s block
Another way of overcoming your writer’s block is to try writing challenges. You could try something like this challenge, or, especially if you enjoy fanfiction, you could try something like Flufftober or Angstober, or you could try to challenge yourself to use a certain trope. Even if you’ve never written fanfiction before, this is a great place to start, and you might end up with a new hobby as well.