5 ways to conquer Writer's Block

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Writer's block can happen at anytime and to the best of them!

 It's inevitable at some point, your brain will shut down and scream ENOUGH, and any last morsel of creativity is thrown out the window. 

But don't lose hope - here are 5 sure ways to get you out of your rut!

1) READ 

No seriously, you'd think it was a given but you'd be surprised how many people don't make this a priority! In order for your brain to engage and the creative juices to flow, you've got to make time to read! I don't care what it is, comics, the daily newspaper, Jane Austen classic or the tenth time you've read The Hunger Games. 

If you can't make time to read then you won't have the tools to write!

2) ROUTINE


Seize the day and make the most of it! 

Okay, realistically not every day is going to be a good day. Somedays we'd rather stay in our 'cave' but it won't help your writing. GET OUT, take a walk, meet a friend for coffee, do something which means you need to have a shower and look semi presentable. Figure out a routine that works for you and your writing. Even setting a target of a couple hundred words a day or writing for 5 minutes in the morning is better than nothing. I promise you it won't take long for your mojo to come back!

3) EXERCISE

Regular exercise has proven to be good for your writing! 

It's important to find something that works for you and is realistic to fit into your routine. Personally, I enjoy doing Yoga or going for run in the morning before I sit down to write. Even if you do something for just 10 - 15 minutes a day, it's a great opportunity to relax your mind and you never know, a genius idea might just strike you! 

4) PLAY

Yes, you read that right! 

You can't write anything exciting or interesting if you don't go out and experience things. New places, new people - it doesn't mean you have to travel anywhere exotic. Go and watch the world go by in a cafe or the park. Make time to do things that you enjoy; go to the movies, catch up with an old friend, take a trip you've always wanted to or learn a new hobby! These experiences make you the person you are, and who you are determines how and what you write. 

5) PERSEVERE

Unfortunately, even on the bad days you've got to try and write something. Just take it one word at a time. Brainstorm some ideas, bullet point anything that comes to mind, but WRITE IT DOWN. 
Even if you think it's rubbish, you may feel differently in a few days time. So stay positive and take regular breaks.

Remember, practise makes perfect! 


So all that's left is to take a deep breath, and remind yourself there's always time to make a new start and get writing. 
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