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Lower Your Standards
Avoid perfectionism on first draft and do not stop when you’ve made a mistake. Keep going, mistakes and all and just write. Do not try to edit while you write. This comes later. Let your first draft be a free flow of ideas, thoughts and concepts leaving “critical editor” part of yourself for later. Just think to yourself that perfection is not to be tolerated on first draft. After you’ve completely finished writing first draft, then it is time to bring put on your editor hat and start rewriting process. Don’t jump gun, though, as conflict of trying to write and edit at same time causes many cases of writer’s block. Keep these two tasks separate.
Clean House Literally and Figuratively
Sometimes writers will start a writing project but become stuck over a particular line or paragraph that just isn’t working. Either delete this or copy and paste it into a new document and save it for later. Don’t let a line or paragraph disrupt flow of your writing. Get rid of it. Clean house.
In addition, sometimes a writer’s messy surrounding will reflect on their ability to write. Take a break to clean up your writing area. If you work from home, take a break to clean house. Many times act of cleaning and throwing out old will open us up to new, such as new ideas, thoughts or perspectives. Cleaning house literally and figuratively can help sweep away writer’s block.
Take an “Art” Break
Take a break to draw, paint, sculpt, collage or any other right brain artistic endeavor. Sometimes a writer’s brain can get out of balance with all stimulation and activity that is happening on left side. Taking a right brain artistic break will help balance this activity out. You may even wish to paint yourself and then write. Kooky, offbeat ideas that get you out of norm will work wonders for conquering writer’s block.
Overcoming writer’s block is something that most writers will need to learn how to deal with for long haul. One method may work for you now and a different one in future. It will be handy to have these methods at your fingertips. Print out these methods for future use and share them with other writers, writer’s groups and clubs. Writers need to stick together and this is eighth method for overcoming writer’s block, which is to put together a support group to help overcome it.
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