Writer’s Block and how to Overcome it (Part 1)

Have you ever felt like you have so much going on in your head, that you need to make a big long list of everything that needs doing, otherwise you’ll miss something? Have you felt anxious because there is just not enough time in the day to do everything? Has your anxiety created a sense of writer’s block? Well, that’s how I’ve been feeling lately; the past two months have been busy both at work and in my life in general.

Sometimes, our minds are so full of ‘fog’ from our lives, we stop realising that we need to release some of the stress and tension by doing something we love. Everyone has different stress outlets, and finding the best one for you is definitely important. For those of you who blog, or write in a similar capacity, you understand that this ‘fog’ which fills our heads can cloud our ability to come up with new ideas.

For those of you who suffer from it, I’ve written some of my advice on¬†writer’s block and how to overcome it:

Sit in a busy cafe and just listen to conversations

This is a tip I picked up from an article I read a few years ago, when I first tried my hand at creative writing. I had writers block at the time (you see, it happens more than you might think), and the article said that listening to other people talk can often give you ideas for topics to write about. People’s snippets of conversations can sometimes even be incorporated into a story you are writing, to make it more exciting or intriguing.

Overcoming Writer's Block: Busy Cafe

I tried the method and must say, it worked! I did not incorporate conversations into my writing, but they gave me ideas for things to write about. They were a means to an end.

People watch

This works well for two types of writing:

  1. Stories
    • People watching can help you form characters. Starting with looks and moving through to clothing and style, watching people and their mannerisms is a great way of building your ideal main and supporting characters for a story.
  2. Blogging
    • Again, style can help you fashion bloggers out there, particularly if you have got a particular inspiration lack for trends you would like to try.
    • People watching can also help observant bloggers pick up on establishments where food or drink was purchased – this can always lead to a review.

Note down your learnings

When you have done the above, reflect on what you’ve learned, and jot down your ideas. The most important part of overcoming writer’s block is to get new ideas, and to remember what you’ve learned. I tend to write down my ideas and my notes, either in a notebook that I carry around or (for those occasions where my bag is just a bit too small to carry a notebook), in an app on my Android phone.

Now, go ahead and try all of the above things and see what you come up with in terms of learnings. Don’t forget to note them down and wait for my second part to this series to discover more tips on overcoming writer’s block.

As always, thank you for reading Coffee Guaranteed. x

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