As you may already be aware if you read my post last week ‘that grey cloud again’. I’ve been having a bit of a hard mental health battle lately.
Depression has got the better of me lately and I have been extremely demotivated with writing. What makes it worse is I have been having a very big case of writers block.
But, instead of beating myself up about it all, and letting it overcome me. I decided to try new things to help me overcome writers block and keep writing.
Here are a few things I now do to tackle writers block:
Go on a nature walk
Nature walks are soooo beneficial. They do wonders for your mental health as well as physical, a nature walk is also really good for clearing your head of all the ‘cobwebs’ and just letting yourself go. While you’re on the walk, look out for little things that may give you an idea for something to write about.
Write a journal entry
Writing about your real-life day to day stuff and feelings might seem boring at first, particularly if you haven’t done much with your day. But you never know when an idea might strike you from your own personal experiences. It also keeps you busy writing anything and you never know where it might take you.
Set strict writing time
Even if you can’t think of anything to write about. Set yourself a half hour or more time slot where you just write anything. It can be poetry, haikus, your own personal feelings, just keep going. I had really bad writers block and set myself a task of writing as many poems as I could. Surprisingly, despite thinking I couldn’t do it, I managed to write twelve poems in 40 minutes!
Whenever you read a lot of writing course material, particularly for writing stories, they tell you to listen to the conversations around you or observe other people on your daily routines. You would actually be very surprised what you could think up from hearing one conversation in a coffee shop.
If you are really struggling. Read as much as you can. There are so many writing magazines out there and guide books, so read some of those for Inspo ideas or read one of your favourite fictional genres.
Sometimes it is easy to beat yourself up about writers block and not having any ideas, but there are ideas everywhere you look. You just need to have faith in your own mind.
And most importantly, don’t beat yourself up if the inspiration doesn’t come instantly. Rest when you need to. The ideas will still come to you. 🙂