So, here we are. You want to enter the SGS Write Off. You have an amazing story planned out in your head. You’re convinced it will get picked up by publishers immediately. The only problem is… you have writer’s block. The ailment that haunts all writers has struck you at this critical moment. How do you vanquish this beast and produce the 21st century’s greatest work? Here are our quick tips:
Take a break to do something else productive
Sometimes being productive at anything can inspire you to be more productive with your writing. A small task like washing the dishes or putting away your shoes can kick start you into a positive productive cycle.
Go for a walk or change your environment
If you’re getting worked up trying to force yourself to write, just stop. It’s a great feeling! If you can, go for a walk and get some fresh air, being mindful of your surroundings. Listen, look and feel. If you can’t do that, even changing rooms can be refreshing or moving from one area of your room to another. Sometimes changing from sitting on the sofa to sitting at a desk is all I need.
You’ve got to love the internet, but it gets a bit much when you started by googling “another word for fast” and somehow you’re looking at spoons that can double as hair brushes. There are loads of apps you can find online (oh the irony) that limit your internet use and force you to actually do your work. Also make sure physical distractions are gone – clear your cluttered desk, shut out your cat so that it doesn’t sit on your keyboard, and put away anything else you’d rather be doing.
Read a book
The best way to write is to read. You’ll pick up on the way other writers use tone, different styles and a limitless amount of other inspiring knowledge. Grab a book by an author you love (or ask the LRC for recommendations!) and get reading.
Still struggling? Most people have a bit of good advice for people struggling with this kind of thing. Don’t be afraid to ask. There’s also loads of good tips and tricks online if you’re ready to fall down that rabbit hole. One more thing: you seriously don’t need a spoon that doubles as a hairbrush.