All writers will tell you one thing: “The hardest thing to do is actually starting to write.” However, there are a few ways you can use to get past that writer’s block.
1. Write something every day. You might not be inspired, but you can surely just write whatever is on your mind, and there you go – you’re writing! Before you know it, your ideas will start pouring out.
2. Don’t think that you need to have plenty of time to write. Keep a notebook around and when an idea strikes, write it down. Before you know it, you have a flow of ideas just waiting to be jotted down into an article or creative piece.
3. If inspiration hits, then make sure you go for it. Of course, don’t forget to do all the things you need to do – like picking up the kids from school, but use that free time and make every inspiring moment count!
4. Don’t think that you need to finish a project right away if your inspiration comes to a stop. Put it aside, start something new, and before you know it, you can go back to that piece of writing and finish it up later.
5. Don’t get let down if you stop working on something and you feel it just isn’t worth it. Sometimes we have to kill our darlings.
6. Being creative is in all of us. We just need to know where to dig to get that inspiration. It comes easier when a random idea pops into your head and you make that idea into a story. Regular writing helps to get those creative juices flowing.
7. Writing the final piece of your story doesn’t mean its the actual final piece. Revision, revision, revision. Start to write something and as you go on, you will realise that what you have written previously doesn’t fit into your story anymore, and, therefore, revision takes place.
8. Have a dedicated area where you write. I tend to write in a quiet space where I have set up my computer, a reading room and loads of books that just keeps me motivated. This doesn’t mean you have to have this! Sometimes not having distractions around helps you concentrate.
9. If you are stuck, take a walk and go and do something that’s distracting. You can always come back later after a bout of fresh air – or even a good shopping trip.
10. The most important thing you need to be able to write is having something to say, and having something you need to say. Make it count. If you have a great idea, then someone out there will also be interested in what you have to say.