Do It Now Part 2: Overcoming Writer’s Block
We’ve all been there: You sit down at the computer ready to start writing your masterpiece, and… nothing. The blank screen just stares back at you, mocking you with its emptiness. Your mind is similarly blank — no matter how hard you try, you can’t seem to come up with anything worth putting on paper. This phenomenon is commonly known as writer’s block, and it can be incredibly frustrating to say the least. But the good news is that there are ways to overcome it.
In Part 2 of the Do It Now series, Coach Tam shares practical, out-of-the-box tips to help you break through writer’s block and build a consistent writing habit so you can achieve your writing dreams.
In this episode, you’ll also hear:
- How focusing on your message helps keep you motivated
- How to make writing a habit every single day
- Strategies to keep ideas flowing, even when you have writer’s block
- The final key to staying motivated when you don’t feel like writing
- Where you can get weekly writing prompts and other writing tips and inspiration
It’s not easy to build a consistent writing habit and keep writing when you feel like you’re out of ideas. So here are a few out-of-the-box tips that can help you overcome writer’s block and get your creative juices flowing again.
1. Focus on What You Want to Say
Writer’s block often happens when we forget what we want our written work to convey. So instead of being paralyzed by a lack of inspiration, take time to reflect on why you are doing this writing project in the first place.
What message do you want to convey? What story are you trying to tell? Once you can hone in on this idea, it will become easier for you to take your thoughts and flow them onto paper or onto the screen.
If you remain focused and mindful of your original inspiration, it will become so much easier for you to tap into your creativity stores and bring out strong, powerful words that will resonate with your readers.
2. Make Writing a Habit
Did you know John Maxwell writes every day? Literally every single day — on his anniversary, on his birthday, on Christmas, on New Year’s — he writes every single day. But that’s one of the big reasons he’s so successful. When you have a habit of writing every single day, it’s easier to break through writer’s block.
John realizes that making writing a habit really isn’t as difficult as it sounds. The key is starting small, like setting a goal for writing just 10 minutes each day. It doesn’t even really matter what you write about; it’s just about getting something on paper or on screen.
Then, once you’ve written for about 10 minutes a day consistently, increase your goal to 15 minutes, then 20, and so on. Before you know it, you’ll be writing 30 minutes or maybe even an hour a day.
Of course, not every day is going to be perfect. There are going to be days when you don’t feel like writing or when life gets in the way and you can’t find the time. And that’s okay! We’re not aiming for perfection here, but progress. Just pick yourself up and start again the next day. The most important thing is that you keep moving forward and don’t give up.
3. Use Strategies to Help You Write Every Day
Here’s the thing: you don’t have to be writing full paragraphs or even sentences for it to count as your daily 10 minutes of writing. It counts even if you’re just coming up with ideas to break through writer’s block.
Here are two strategies you can use:
- Brainstorming: This is the process of coming up with ideas by generating a list of words or phrases related to your topic. Once you have that list, you can use it as writing prompts.
- Mind Mapping: This is similar to brainstorming, but instead of listing words or phrases, you draw out a map of all the related thoughts and ideas that come to mind around one main topic.
Both brainstorming and mind mapping are great for overcoming writer’s block, because they force you to think outside the box and come up with creative ideas that you may not have thought of before.
And remember, you don’t have to spend a lot of time doing this. If you have trouble convincing yourself to get started writing every day, try a little trick called “Give It 10.” Tell yourself that all you have to do is give it 10 minutes, and then you can stop if you don’t feel like doing it anymore.
Some days, you may hit the 10-minute mark and call it quits for the day. But other days, you’ll likely find that once you get started, you’ll get into the groove and want to keep going, even after the 10 minutes are up. Give yourself permission to start small, and you CAN accomplish way more than you imagine.
4. Put Your Trust in God
When you’re struggling with writer’s block — or anything else — one of the most important things you can do is put your trust in God and rely on His guidance.
This isn’t mentioned as much when people talk about the writing journey, but you know that you’re writing for God and to make an impact on the people of God, right? So why would you think you could do it without Him?
In moments of frustration, take time to pray and ask God to provide you with the insight, clarity, and understanding you need to write. He is always there to help you through difficult times and provide you with the strength you need to keep going. Asking for divine assistance (yes, even in your writing journey!) will open up the doors to fresh ideas and jumpstart the process.
Even praying may seem difficult at times, but it’s important to push through. It’s okay if it’s a short prayer — just pray. Ask God to help you, and have faith that everything will eventually fall into place as you find something wonderful and unique, something divinely inspired to write. Rely on God for strength, encouragement, and clarity. He is your ally in all circumstances, no matter how large or small.
Don’t Let Writer’s Block Stop You
When writer’s block is a challenge, it’s tempting to throw up your hands and give up. But writer’s block doesn’t have to be insurmountable. You can move past it by focusing on the message you want our readers to take away from your writing, by making writing a habit, using techniques like brainstorming and mind mapping, and putting your trust in God.
So don’t let writer’s block stop you from pursuing your dreams! Draw strength from God and from the power of community. You don’t have to suffer in silence.
In the Christian Author’s Network, we know how hard it can be to get going and keep going. That’s why we provide a weekly writing prompt in our Christian Authors Network Facebook group, so you can consistently write and make progress towards your book.
Imagine never having to worry about coming up with ideas ever again, training yourself on a regular basis, and creating new pathways in your brain that allow creativity to flow more easily when needed. Plus, it’s an amazing feeling to know that you’re taking steps every day towards your goal of publishing your first, or your next, book.
So come join us in the Christian Authors Network, and start training yourself to overcome writer’s block. Let’s get writing today!
My name is Tamara “Coach Tam” Jackson and I am a published author, Facebook© Certified Digital Marketer, host of the Top 100 Publishing Secrets podcast, and founder of The Christian Authors Network (C.A.N.) Facebook© community. I specialize in helping mission-driven authors, coaches, and entrepreneurs increase their exposure, impact, and income through strategic self-publishing and digital media appearances. Just say yes and we will work together to attract a tribe of loyal followers that 1) “get you”, 2) love what you do, and 3) are happy to invest in your book, business, cause, or movement. Plus, we will accomplish all of this without fake, salesy, sleazy, or manipulative tactics. Yes you CAN write, publish, and profit in a way that honors God; join the community today at https://christianauthors.net/fbgroup.
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