Every writer is familiar with how frustrating it can be to stare at a blank page and not know where to start. There is plenty of advice on the Internet about how to overcome writer’s block: exercise regularly, get a good night’s sleep.
But, how do we get rid of writer’s block for good? What is the one solution for our problems? Let’s face it. There is no magic solution to get rid of writer’s block forever. But there is one key factor in solving this problem: creating a foolproof routine.
History’s most prestigious and prolific authors were known to have a routine that they stuck to on a daily basis.
Following a routine is a good way to make sure our work gets out there and doesn’t stay inside us. How many works of art have died along with their potential creators? We don’t want that to happen to us!
As EB White said: “a writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word to paper.”
Let’s take Hemingway as an example, or a more contemporary writer, like Murakami, and listen to them. Routines work.
Creating a foolproof routine to get rid of writer’s block
Find out what time of day works best for you
Maybe you’re a night worker, a night owl, or perhaps your mind is clearer in the mornings. Whatever your situation, stick to the time of day when you’re most productive.
What do you prefer: enjoying a hot coffee in the morning, or writing after a long day and a relaxing bath? It’s up to you, as each of us is different.
Stick to your schedule
Once you’ve established whether you prefer to write as soon as you wake up or right before bed, or maybe even after lunch, stick to it. Write at least 30 minutes a day, about anything. It doesn’t matter if it’s a letter to a friend, to your future self, or if you prefer to describe what you see out the window.
It is okay if you write a mere dialogue between two people as if it were theater. It is more than okay if you write ten verses about the love of your life – just write for as much time as you set!
Set aside some time for quiet leisure
We all have responsibilities. And we also like to be with our friends, family, partners… there are times when we feel that we don’t have enough time for everything we have to do.
That’s why it’s so important to have, occasionally, some time for rest and reflection. It can be with a bath bomb in the bathtub or taking an infusion while we look at the stars. It can be reading your favorite book on the couch or curled up in the sheets.
It’s not what we do, but taking the time to reconnect with ourselves and be present in the moment. This will recharge our batteries and allow us to resume our routine in a better mood.
Sticking to our routine, whether it is daily or just during workdays, is essential so that we never have to deal with writer’s block again.
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