4 Ways To Break Your Writing Deadlock


Getting out

If you’ve reached a deadlock in your writing, try these tips:

  1. Park it: sometimes, the best thing you can do is walk away. Put some distance between you and the problem, and do things that feed your soul. Go for a walk in beautiful surroundings. Visit an art gallery. Lie on your back and look at the stars. Listen to your favourite music. Visit good friends. When you come back to it, you may have fresh perspective.
  2. Change your viewpoint – literally: if you’re stuck on a problem, try changing your physical position. Write your problem in the form of a question, stick the paper under a table, and lie on the floor so you can see it. Take a few pillows and lie in the bath. Put your paper on the floor and stand on a desk. Sometimes a change in physical location jars your brain into seeing something new.
  3. Brainstorm properly: in the brainstorming phase of problem solving, all ideas have merit. Record them exactly as they come to you. Don’t filter out the ones that don’t seem useful. An associated sequence of two unlikely ideas can lead to a brilliant third one, which you wouldn’t have discovered if you hadn’t allowed the unlikely ideas.
  4. Play: when you approach a problem, foster a playful attitude. Think up ridiculous and outlandish answers to your question. It’s like doing brain warm-ups that keep your mind supple and open to consider all the options. Ultimately, this will boost your creativity.

Good luck!

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  1. Enrique

    Thanks for the info! From my point of view, the best think I can do to overcome writing deadlock is just get rid of stress. The more relaxed I feel, the more inspiration I get. Normally I have much more crazy ideas at the weekend!

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