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5 Tips for Overcoming Writer’s Block

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Emerson chapter.

There is nothing more frustrating than wanting to write, needing to write or needing to meet a deadline, and being unable to make any progress because of writer’s block. Writer’s block can keep people in a funk for days, weeks or even months. It can be an incredibly stressful period for students, or really anyone whose lifestyle requires them to spend a great deal of a time sitting in front of a Word document. Everyone gets over writer’s block in their own way, but if you’re feeling the pressure and you need a quick escape, there are a couple tricks you can try to get over it.

1. Talk it out

Find a friend who’s willing to help and tell them about what you are working on.  Talking through an idea can help you sort out what you really want to accomplish and how you can achieve it. It can also help you figure out why you might be getting stuck, and reveal new angles to approach the issue. Hearing someone else’s opinion on the matter may help you take a step back and revaluate.  

2. Get a change of scenery

Getting out of the house and going somewhere new can recharge your energy levels. Sometimes, even just going to a library or a café to work can have dramatic effects on one’s productivity. Find a setting that is right for you and take advantage of it!

3. Start at the end

Some people find it easier to start a project if they know where it will eventually end up. Try starting your essay at the conclusion for a change; this will give you a defined set of goals to work towards, as you will already know what you are going to have to prove in the rest of the paper.

4. Start a new project

Take a break and work on something else. Sometimes writer’s block gets so bad that you feel just about ready to bang your head against the wall. At times such as this, it’s best to take a step back and breathe. Start a new project to take your mind off of your writer’s block.  It’ll help you manage your stress without wasting too much time.

5. Get active

You have probably heard this advice many times, but get out and exercise! Don’t let your health fall by the wayside when you get busy. Exercising on a regular basis can help maintain energy and focus. It’s also proven to make people happier, which is never a bad thing.

These are only a few tricks you can try to get over writer’s block. Everyone is different, so try what feels right for you personally. The important thing to remember is to stay healthy and positive. No matter how bleak a situation may seem, you will eventually overcome it. It is only a matter of time.

Melissa Close is from Waterford, Connecticut. She is majoring in Writing, Literature & Publishing at Emerson College.
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