Ever had that frustrating feeling of suddenly being unable to expound on your thoughts and ideas in writing? Where you simply can’t find the inspiration, or even the motivation to write about something you usually were well-capable of writing? Who am I kidding, I’m sure you have. Just like almost every writer has, you’ve probably experienced the writer’s block. Writing is a creative process, and sometimes, it just takes a bit longer to formulate that thought into just the right words. So here are some methods I’ve tried that might help you overcome that pesky writer’s block.
5) Take a break
Whoa, hold up Tiger, isn’t this pretty obvious? Yes, yes, I know it sounds really straightforward, but the fact of the matter is, you’re probably having a writer’s block because you haven’t had enough rest! Having the writer’s block means you’re probably feeling stressed, so you and I both know that you need a break. Crunching that post is really important, but sometimes you’ve just got to engage in something less taxing. The best way to relieve stress is to simply rest, relax and take a break. Take a nap, or watch some anime (slice of life perhaps?) if you’d like. And if you’re rushing against time, then a simple shut-eye could still help you sort out your thoughts.
4) Get your mind pumped
Blood flowing into the brain is a great stimulation that can keep your mind sharp and active. Assuming you’ve been up and about for some time, its only natural for your mind to feel fatigued. Getting that pump into your brain would help you feel refreshed and alert, and there’s a good chance you’ll be able to think a lot better — temporarily. But that should still help to get that train of thought back on the right track. You don’t have to go all out Saitama, just some simple exercises like push-ups or star jumps will do just the trick. Or if you’re feeling fancy, a dance routine could work too.
3) Get inspired by other writers
In this vast platform of countless of bloggers, there really isn’t a lack of talent for us to find inspiration from. Reading a good post or two about something you care about can really help you get an idea of how you should go about writing. I can’t even begin to count the amount of times reading someone else’s post has helped me out with my own writing. And if you’re in need of a good blog or two that might inspire you, well you’re in luck. Here are some that have truly inspired me with their writing.
Irina has got to have the most pleasant of personalities. Her flair for writing really shows in each of her posts, and can truly draw in a reader. I also really like the unique and wide range of topics she talks about, along with really interesting review formats. If I had to name just one blogger whom I look up to, then it would definitely be Irina’s drunken anime blog. Trust me, all her posts are really great reads! I especially liked this one, where she taught me what Furin were, and in a really pleasant fashion.
Karandi is an awesome blogger with all sorts of amazing anime content. Her reviews are a lot of fun to read! I sometimes wonder whether Karandi and Irina are secretly siblings, since they include so much of each other in their blogs! I’m just glad that they both exist. Check out her poll, and vote for the best anime in Summer 2019 season! While you’re there, you won’t regret checking out her other reviews. I promise.
Crow has got lots of really insightful reviews on a wide range of anime. You can find all sorts of cool stuff there! But one thing that I admired was the “weekly post to crow about” segment. There’s a lot of great bloggers out there, and some attention would always help. There’s even an entire list of about 500 anime bloggers each with their own unique charms, you definitely want to check that out.
Dragon Warrior’s blog has a unique sentimental side. It isn’t anime focused, instead the blog boasts passionate poems and writing that have truly artistic and aesthetic value. The poems each resonate with me on a certain emotional level, and I always look forward to reading more. Such an inspirational talent! I absolutely loved this poem especially.
2) Food and beverages
What would us earthlings do without our food. Food is a necessity, food is energy, but food is also pleasure. When you’re having trouble progressing with your writing, satisfying your taste buds can do absolute wonders in awakening that sleeping brain of yours. Even if not a full meal, just some snacks or drinks would be great to give your body that sugar rush that can spur you into writing the profoundest of profound posts. If you don’t know what to eat, Chizurue recently made a list of the kinds of food you’d want to eat after dwelling on too much reading, and I absolutely love it!
1) Write while listening to music
My number 1 pick that has always helped me in writing would be to listen to music while I write. There are times when silence is the ideal environment to avoid distractions and to help focus on writing. But on days where you’ve got the writer’s block, listening to music always helps to get you into a certain mood. If you’re writing something sentimental, then perhaps sad or instrumental music might do the trick. Or if you’re writing something fun, then maybe some upbeat music would help. It’s about creating that secondary environment, that makes use of your mood and emotions to overcome the writer’s block and write for itself. Music is magic, let that magic take hold over you.
I’ve been having the writer’s block lately, and have tried quite a few things to try and escape this quagmire. Irina’s post “My Top 5 Ways To Combat the Blogging Blues” had inspired me, and came at just the right time when I needed it. So I figured, a good way of escaping this predicament of not being able to write, is to simply write about the problem itself! Hope this helps, and thanks for reading!