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28-05-2013

5 Essential Tips for Overcoming Writer’s Block

Visit Writer Leopard on Tumblr for other memes Visit Writer Leopard on Tumblr for other memesWe’ve all experienced it. Staring at a blank page, not knowing where to start and feeling like our imagination has abandoned us to dissipate into the clouds. Even the best writers can face a creative block. So, in case you feel like you’ve hit the wall when you’re working on your next publication, we’ve put together a list with the most crucial bits of writing advice to help you get on the right track. Let’s delve right in.

Write every day

Yup, you heard it. Writing every day helps you become a better writer. So try not to let that pen (or laptop) down. Remember that creating and editing are also two different things. While you write, try to ignore your internal editor and let the words flow into the page. As William Faulkner once said: “Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.” (Check this slideshow on The Huffington Post for more advice from famous writers)

Read every day

Great writers read all the time. Read new authors, classic authors, your favorite authors and even the ones you hate. When you’re reading, savour every sentence and take some time to read out loud. Don’t be afraid to look back and read your previous work too, perhaps you’ll find something there that will ignite your inspiration.

Get some sleep

When was the last time you had a good night’s sleep? Having a healthy sleeping schedule helps your mind stay fresh and creative. Skip that cup of coffee in the late afternoon or those extra gulps of soda and, above all, relax and leave your work aside in the evening hours. Try taking power naps too. Short naps, lasting 15-30 minutes, can be incredibly revitalizing, it’s even been proven scientifically! And if you don’t believe us, take it from Mad Men’s Don Draper – he’s the power nap king.

Get out there and move

Go out and see people, get a dose of sunlight, enjoy life’s small pleasures and don’t be afraid to wander around. Stay physically active too. Regular exercise can help you sleep better and you don’t need to go for a killer workout – 30 minutes of daily activity will do. Take a dance class, go for a walk or jog in the woods.

Carry a notebook

Carry a pen and a notebook with you at all times. Write about things you notice, people you see on the street and bits of chatter you overhear. Make sketches and doodles too. Any small and seemingly insignificant event can light up a spark and inspire you, so it’s best to stay prepared!Got your own advice to share with fellow writers? Leave a note in the comments.

Jolien

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