Dealing With Writer’s Block? 5 Ways To Keep Your Creative Juices Flowing

Staying creative is hard. It’s normal to feel stuck once in a while; you’re not the first and you’ll certainly not be the last. Coming up with fresh, new and exciting ideas can be challenging. It feels like every idea of yours has been done already.
So, what do you do when you’re out of ideas and faced with a tight deadline? Looking for ways to keep your creative juices flowing? In this blog, I’ll share 5 simple tips that are sure to help you move past your writer’s block and back to creating stellar content.

“The pressure to create can cause both stress or fears of failure which are scientifically proven creating barriers. Not only can they stand in the way of your motivation, but they could also prevent you from coming up with new or unique ideas. When you’re under pressure, you might feel less inspired, unmotivated or run into a nasty case of writer’s block that leaves you wondering if you’ll ever come up with a great idea ever again. When that moment happens, don’t panic. Remember, this happens to everyone — especially marketers who need to churn out hundreds of creative assets or campaigns a year,” — Pamela Bump from Hubspot.

Walk away

I understand that you need to get that work done but walking away from your computer or notepad helps A LOT. Grab a cup of coffee, look out the window, stretch a little, watch TV or go for a walk. Whatever you do, shift your focus from your notepad or laptop to something else even if it’s for a moment. Sometimes your brain needs a little break from creative thinking.

Always look for inspiration

Creative minds are rarely tidy. Ideas come and go so you need to catch them once they arrive. Get a small notepad or you can use your phone. Write down all the ideas that come to you. I often use Google Keep to save my ideas. Whatever works for you, go ahead with it. Great ideas can come at any time at any place so you better be prepared. It could be while you’re bathing, driving, eating or going for a walk. When something interesting comes to mind, write it down.

Just write

Raise your hand if you’re guilty of waiting to figure it all out. I know I am! But sometimes, you need to write. Don’t worry about getting the outline right or wondering if you crossed all your T’s. Go with the flow! Pen down your thoughts and write what is in your head.
You can always proofread and edit later. Sometimes we wait too long to have it all figured out. If it’s one line you’ve got, write it down. A little text can be your inspiration to get it all done.

Work during your peak moment

Not all of us are night owls. Some of us are morning people. Others are afternoon while the rest are a combination. Whether you’re a morning, midday or night, use your peak moment to your advantage. Carve out a time you most feel productive in the day and put it into great use.

Ask for help

There is no shame in asking for help. After all, they say, “two heads are better than one.” If you’re working with a team, seek their opinion, show them what you have. Are you working on a personal project? You can still solicit the advice of friends or family members. Don’t get stuck in your bubble. Seek help!

As a writer, how do you deal with writer’s block? Share your experience in the comment section.

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