Regular writing practice will help you overcome writers block. It will help you to concentrate and condition your mind to become disciplined in the art of writing. Just like anything, practice makes perfect. Perhaps you need to do some more pre-planning.
Brainstorming is a great way to overcome insecurities that other established writers are better than you. Just because your talent has not yet been discovered does not mean that you are not as good as them.
Creative ideas are always sought after but even if you feel you are not creative, writing a documentary or biography takes a lot of skill and less creativity. Below are some of the most common causes of writer’s block.
- Fear of rejection or failure
- The biggest critic is yourself
- Having a blank moment
Take a moment to recognize which one is affecting you. Then you will be able to proactively target and eliminate it.
- If you are fearful of rejection or failure, you may need to do a reality check. Realistically, you have as much chance as anyone else of getting your work accepted once someone recognizes your talent. Identify your strength. Is it in Mystery? Or Romance? Perhaps poetry? Whatever it is focus on it and improve it. Research it. Find out what the publishers want. If a few people make the same recommendation, consider their advice. If you are prepared to do the work, there is no way you can fail. You are a winner waiting to happen!
- If you are constantly criticizing yourself, perhaps you should look at other author’s work of similar genre. What do you admire about it? Then compare it to yours? How does it compare? Learn to admire and give credit to your own work where credit is due. The only criticism worthwhile is constructive criticism. Realize if you don’t admire your own work, how can you ever expect anyone else to ever admire it?
- If you feel your problem is procrastination, you may need to learn new habits like self discipline. This may involve setting a goal for yourself and telling yourself that you will reward yourself with a __________ or by doing_________ if you achieve your goal. ie write two pages of your short story before you allow yourself to go out with your friends. As you become more disciplined, the goal may become bigger for a smaller reward. Find out what works for you.
- If Writer’s Block is stopping you starting to getting those creative juices flowing (as happens to every good writer at some point) some ideas to over this are: · Slowly read something you enjoy first to calm yourself as often people rush in from a hectic life and expect the ideas to flow · Re-write the last part of your work to get back into the story. Then the ideas might just begin to flow again. · If you have something personal weighing on your mind, write it down and put it aside while you write creatively knowing you can go back to pick up and ‘worry about it’ later on.
- If you feel that the competition out there is way too fierce to tackle for someone like yourself, you may need to start submitting your manuscripts to the smaller publications like magazines which thrive on new talent in order to build your confidence. Don’t just find one, find a few! Then you will have more than one opportunity to be recognized. Make sure the magazine publishes your type of work. If they do not accept your manuscript, try again with someone else.
Remember to carry a pen and paper around to capture the idea as it occurs. Then let the idea develop in your mind before you begin to write it down.
Write in an environment you enjoy – under a tree, at your desk, in the park – by the beach if you’re lucky! If you’ve a laptop, you are one of the lucky ones, if not; a pen and paper will have to suffice until you get back to the computer.