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Writing exercises that will rid you of writer’s block

5 October 2018

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There are a number of reasons people suffer from writer’s block, but identifying the cause is only part of the solution.

To get back into the swing of something you were already writing, or if you’re trying to start a new project, finding inspiration and motivation can be a difficult task.

If you feel you may be suffering from writer’s block, here are 6 writing exercises that will rid you of the problem and get you back on track.

1. Change up your style

Depending on how you write, you may find that changing the style helps boost creativity. For example, if you normally write in long prose, perhaps switching to a snappy, list style format will help you get back into the swing of writing.

It will also add variation to your writing - a lack of which can often be the root cause of writer’s block. For the same reason, incorporating newly-learned vocabulary into writing can also be a fun and exciting challenge.

2. Change what you write about

Have you ever found yourself stuck writing about the same topics time-after-time? Or are you engaged in a longer creative writing project and feel like you need a break? These factors might explain why you’re suffering from writer’s block.

To counteract this, think about a couple of other areas that are completely different to whatever subjects you’re familiar with, and in which you could write something entirely fresh. It doesn’t have to be anything too outlandish or different (unless you feel that way inclined) but could just help you feel good about writing again.

3. Take on two writing projects at once

Although some may find this overwhelming, often, switching between tasks can help each one feel fresh when you return to the desk.

So, when you feel frustrated or develop a lack of motivation for one task, bounce onto the next – even if it’s not related to writing at all (in fact – it’s better if that isn’t the case!).

4. Read around similar topics or ideas

This might not be a writing exercise as such, but researching how others craft words can encourage you to get back into your own writing.

You might be inspired by another person’s approach, and it may also give you some fresh ideas for your own work.

5. Use mind maps and diagrams

A great writing exercise is to brainstorm ideas relating to the topic in a simplistic, but helpful mind map form.

If you have a bunch of ideas and can’t quite articulate them, ordering things into themes visually on a piece of paper can help structure your writing.

There’s a variety of mind-map styles, and some may not suit you, but they’re a great way to start getting those ideas down on paper.

Conclusion

Whatever you may be writing, writer’s block can – and will - affect you. It’s not all doom and gloom though, and the above tips can serve as great writing exercises to help you get back on track and continue with your writing passion.

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