Okay Now this isn't a cure-all or even really proven ways to beat writers block, however this is what I find to work for me...most of the time... Writing is something that has been with me since I was little. I still find notebooks filled with random stories I had written or started, or characters I wanted to write about. And all of these professional authors say to fix writers block is to simply write. And Thats half of it. But sitting down at your keyboard, staring at the black page because you've erased everything you've written in the last two hours, wont get you far. So when Im beating myself up over writing or my writing in particular, here are a few things I do to to jump over the hump.
Now overall this is mainly for creative writing block. Fiction writers block. The kind of block where your head just cant seem to come up with anything creative and/or interesting. Now if you're procrastinating on a Physics essay paper then these may not help, maybe they will. But here are just a few things I try to do when I am sitting in front of a blank page for three days. Pulling one of these.
Get a book similar to the style in which you want to write, and just read. Reading is constantly introducing new ideas, through the words, and even just from how the author works a scene can give you inspiration how you would write your own action scene or your own blog post. We learn from watching others. To become an awesome soccer player, you learn from awesome soccer players and people who know the sport well. The same goes for writing.
If you're writing in the same spot every-time, you aren't exposing yourself to new lights and new outside inspiration. If you typically write at a desk in the office, move to the kitchen table, or move to the dining room, or take it to a coffee shop. New locations will inspire new thoughts that can help inspire writing. And while you're in those new places, write about said places. Describe the lights, the doormat, is there even a doormat? Write about the table, and the pictures on the walls. Document your surroundings for now or for future use. Every story needs a setting.
Now this can kind of come along with the new environment Idea. If you put yourself in a different position physically you are going to see things you don't typically see and spark ideas you hadn't thought of while you were sitting for four hours staring at the same pencil cup with same pencils you've had forever. So Get up, go to a coffee shop, library, or even a restaurant in the middle of a mall and watch people. Write about what you see. Write about what you wish you would see. Take note of a person and just write about who you think they are. If you're writing about people, watch people.
and then don't read it. I had a professor who told me when she was writing sometimes she would write a paragraph and then highlight it in black so she wouldn't be tempted to go back and read it and hate it and then dig herself deeper into the I-hate-everything-I-write writer's block. Look at old stories or articles you've written, continue the thought, or write about the dream vacation you wish you could have and see where it leads you. I know I said in the intro that this is only half of it, but its a solid half and necessary.
If you're still struggling, go to Pinterest and search for writing prompts.. You will get endless prompts and ideas to help get the ball rolling. I have a private board where I keep all of the prompts I love and I sometimes take them and work from them and then never look at it again, but it helps get me out of the slump. If I can't come up with an idea, let someone else.
Bloggers... keep reading,
Now if you blog and you've been doing it for a couple years and you seriously cant think of anything to write about, here are a couple things to try and help.
Read other blogs, Write about what you wish you were seeing on these other blogs, write about what you know, and save drafts. For example, this post was a post I had worked on back in September, forgot about it, and was searching through my drafts for an idea, and out all of them, I liked this one and it came ten times easier to me now, than it did 4 months ago. If you ever have an idea, write it down, or put it into your drafts. Hold on to ideas, they will come in handy eventually.
If you have any tricks to break writers block go ahead and comment them below, Im always open to hear other people's idea's as well.