“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.” — Dead Poets Society
We all know this line from one of the most iconic movies of all time, but what happens when your ideas and words are stuck in a rut? What happens when you have a million thoughts buzzing around in your head, but you can’t put them into words?
It’s not uncommon for writers, professional or aspiring, to encounter writer’s block. First, accept the reality: you’ve hit writer’s block. Together, let’s look at a hypothetical case study and figure out a solution!
Problem Case Study:
Client A needs social media captions for their brand by the EOD, and Client B requires content for their website in two days. You’ve been in a writing slump and finding it difficult to work on the tasks required on a priority basis. Now all you can think about is, “Could it be any more frustrating?”
To solve your problem efficiently (just like Amy Santiago does), we have three viable solutions for it. Let’s look into them.
Solution 1: Take A Break
By “Take a break”, we don’t mean the one Ross and Rachel were on, rather the one that keeps you from writing. Diverting your mind from writing is important so you can think about other things now and then. This is the time where you listen to music, catch up on your favourite shows, read that book you’ve been meaning to finish or simply sleep like a baby. Basically, indulge in your guilty pleasures. With this, you will gain a fresh mindset, write better, and make the process more fun and engaging.
Solution 2: Write What You Think
We all know how different spoken English can be from written English. When facing a block, try not to limit yourself to the norms of the language. Remember that your first draft does not need to be flawless, so don’t put too much pressure on it.
Write what you think or feel about that particular topic, no matter how scattered your thoughts are. Loosen up (like you do on Sunday’s) and write it imperfectly. Having done that, you will know what NOT to include in your writing and how to make it sound more eloquent.
Solution 3: Research Your Topic
Often, we rely solely on the information in our heads and do not fully understand the topic. That would be a rookie mistake. Before you begin writing, read about the subject to gain a better understanding of it. This will give you more material to write about, help you discover new information, and make it more interesting and genuine.
Example: If you are going to write about the mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle, take a look at the articles written by researchers and broaden your perspective.
While creativity breeds creativity, writing during a funk only does more harm. We use a safety toolkit that helps us keep up with the deadlines and write more fluently. Here are some of them:
There is no ‘right’ way to overcome a creative block. Look for different things that give you new inspiration to write, or just connect with us to make your work easier!