Have you ever felt unwilling to write anything, even if deep down inside you know that you need to get your better writing going?
Have you ever found yourself writing something and then paused in the middle of your writing, not knowing what else to write?
Have you ever lost your passion to write just because you seem to run out of ideas?
You thought that the well of creativity just dried up.
If you say yes to all those questions above, trust me, you’re not alone. I can completely relate to this, cause I’ve been there, in your shoes. You see, you and I, we’ve been struggling all the times to get our writing going and let’s admit it, sometimes our so-called “writer’s enthusiasm” had failed us, miserably.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if writing was as easy as flipping a light switch in our rooms? “Go ahead, turn it on now, dear.”
“Oh honey, could you please turn the light off?“
Sadly, that’s not the case with writing. More often than not, we’re dreaded with a typical writers’ disease called the writers’ block. This is a state when you get the impression that you don’t feel like writing anything, nor can you think of anything to write as well.
Well, I’ll tell you what, I’ve come up with 4 compelling steps that will set you free from your writers’ block.
However, let me remind you that these steps are tried and tested for article writing. So this is one of those invaluable free writing tips. For book writing, and any other writing than article writing, these steps have yet to be tested and proven to work. Care to try it and let me know later?
Anyway, you’re probably wondering,what are the 4 compelling steps to overcome any writers’ block?
I’m glad you ask, cause in the next short two minutes, I’ll share with you those 4 compelling steps, and you’ll be on your way to produce a better writing. But before that, let me share this with you:
If you’re like me, you’ve probably experienced that same depression when we have one of those writers’ blocks. Not being able to write something, dispiritingly pessimistic and dejected. Somehow the urge to procrastinate is greater than our yearning to write even if it is just one piece of work.
It seems that we fall into a deep slumber of slothfulness.
Well, I’ll tell you now, the only way out of your writers’ block is to SNAP out of it!
Right, you heard me, you and I, we both need to SNAP out of it and start writing. NOW.
Here they are, the SNAP method:
Settle on a topic, preferably something that you have personal interest in
Follow your passion and choose a topic that you’re passionate about.
Ask yourself, what do I love talking about? Reading about? Watching TV about?
It’s harder to write something you don’t have knowledge about the subject or when you’re not feeling over-zealous about something.
You see, I had a writer’s block deciding what I should write as my first article, so what did I do?
I’m passionate about writing.
And there I was,wondering and pondering deeply,”How could I overcome writers’ block?”
Right. I think I’ll write about overcoming writers’ block.
And since you’re still reading my article, I assume that I’ve done quite a fine job so far, haven’t I?
Note down what’s going on your mind and make an outline
An outline shows that you’re organised. Do a research about that particular topic you’ve chosen. Use the internet. Do a google search. Read other people’s article ( make sure you don’t rip it off and claim it as your own though ), and then make an outline.
Our brain needs to paint the big picture before you then proceed to create the smaller details. Sure, if you have lots of things going on your mind, you really don’t need to jot down everything. Make an outline of what you’re going to say in your article, possibly in the form of bulleted points.
I started making an outline of this article by deciding that I’d write four tips in the form of steps to overcome writers’ block. So, here’s how my outline looked like:
You see, I wanted you to be able to relate well and store whatever information I’m writing in your long-term memory for you to access whenever you need it, therefore I decided to create an acronym of the word SNAP, make all this easier to remember.
Once you put together an outline,the next step will be…
Aim to break down a sizeable to-do-list into smaller parts and do them one by one
Okay. You’ve got an outline. Now you are perfectly aware that you need to start writing.So go ahead and make up your to-do-list. The first on my list is finding the headline. The next step will probably to write an engaging opening. And following that will be to write the article body.
Once you are finished compiling your to-do-list, you started seeing that there’s A LOT of things you have to accomplish. “Oh no, not again!” You probably said that, and you’re feeling a little bit discouraged of all those things you have to do.
Fret not, now. Don’t be discouraged right away.
Here’s what I would suggest: Write your to-do-list on a piece of paper – any paper will do,provided that particular paper is foldable. Now take a look at your list. How many things do you have to do? 10? 15?
Now just fold number 1 and make it face up, and the rest of the list face down, hidden from your view. I’m sure all you can see now is number 1. Don’t fold the paper back, don’t think of the next steps save for number 1. Now you just have to do number 1 and get it done.
Done? Fold number 1 back, and now you’ve got your number 2 face up.
Don’t think of anything else and just do number 2.
Done? Move on to the next.
Hey, it’s working! I’m down to number three on my to-do-list, I’m nearly at the end of my article now, and you’re still reading! It is truly a good sign that this method is working!
Push yourself and go for it! Write!
Well, actually, this step is part of step number three, cause’ once you’ve compiled a to-do-list, you’ll start with number one and work your way to finish what’s on your list.
I see that you’ve figured it out. Once you break your list down into smaller part, it’s easier for you to do whatever you need to do. Go for it. Don’t let anything stop you now. The sense of each task’s accomplishment will help you finish what you started.
Once you decide on what to do, just do it. A repeatedly predictable phrase, I know. But, yeah, that’s all there is to it. Planning without action is useless, so you have to do it now, and once you’re doing it, you’ll find it easier from this point onward.
So, here’s an afterthought:
Remember now, writers’ block is just a common, curable disease that can be found among writers, and no one – not even prominent,well-known writer is immune.
However, when you find yourself falling into the deep slumber, you know what you have to do, don’t you?
What do you people think?