Breaking Out Of Writer's Block

7 Ways To Break Out Of Writer's Block

"The terrifying thing about writing is that there is always a blank page waiting." ― J.K. Rowling

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Whether you are a published author, a student writing an essay, an employee writing for your job, or someone who just enjoys writing for fun; everyone gets writers block. I have sat staring at a screen for hours on end only ending up backspacing all of the little progress I have made. These are the things I have found to help me when I find myself struggling.

1. Take a break

If you aren't working with a very strict deadline take a break. Taking a breather from what you are working on can help your mind focus and regenerate. After an hour or two, or even a few days if you can, look it over with fresh eyes. I always find myself able to come up with some more sentences, a closing paragraph, or even a couple of new ideas if I am lucky. The more time the better.

2. Switch your focus

This tip goes along with taking a break. If you have some more work to get done: another essay, studying, cleaning, essentially whatever work you need to get done as long as it gets your brain working in a different direction. Do those things instead so when you come back to your previous piece your brain isn't so worn out on the topic.

3. Send it to a friend

Sending your work to a friend can give you a new perspective, even if you don't have anything written yet you can at least tell them what you have to or want to write about. I do this pretty frequently and I have found that if it doesn't give you ideas on how to write about your topic it will at least determine how you don't want to write about your topic. Sometimes knowing what not to write can be just as helpful.

4. Go to the Internet for ideas

The internet is extremely resourceful in helping cure writer's block. Look up papers about your topic to figure out ideas and approaches, just remember not to plagiarize. If you are doing something more creative there are random idea generators for characters, prompts, settings, names, and much more. Just type random 'blank' generator and find the inspiration you need.

5. Get a drink

If you are of age go pour yourself a glass of wine or grab a beer, whatever your tastes happen to be. If you do this I suggest not drinking too much if your essay is what is giving you writer's block. Having a drink can help get some of those creative juices flowing. For those under twenty-one, tea or coffee can help snap you out of it, especially with the added caffeine boost.

6. Go somewhere else

Sometimes your environment is key to a good paper. I personally can't be anywhere messy when writing. If you work best in the library go there, or maybe you work best outside, or maybe your place is the coffee shop. Find out what your niche is and exploit it.

7. Read about how to cure writer's block

You have already completed this last one and hopefully it has given you a few ideas on how to break-out of your writer's block. If not you have the internet at your disposal to find more tips and tricks.

Good luck with all the writing you have now and to come.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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Planning to make your new travel video? Use one of these songs as your perfect background music!

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Based on the mood you're currently feeling, here are 20 different songs categorized by when you should use them for a traveling music video:


1. For Those Classic Summer Feels

"Harvest Moon" by Poolside

"Gone" by JR JR

"Hold My Hand" by Jess Glynne

"Summer" by Calvin Harris

For all the lake adventures and mission trips, these are the perfect songs to put behind them to share your experience. Using these songs, your video can have a perfect summer vibe to it!

2. For A Good Winter Vacation

"The Days" by Avicii

"Something Just Like This" by The Chainsmokers

"Roses" by The Chainsmokers

"It Ain't Me" by Kygo ft. Selena Gomez

It's hard finding a perfect song for a cold winter day. These songs can work amazingly to any snowy adventurous video you've made for your winter break.

3. For Everyday Adventures

"Shut Up and Dance" by WALK THE MOON

"To Let Myself Go" by The Avener

"All That Matters" by Justin Bieber

"Youth" by Troye Sivan

We all have our daily vlogs filled with school and friends. These songs can put a touch of amusement and thrill to these videos!

4. For The Perfect Spring Break At The Beach

"Steal My Girl" by One Direction

"The Nights" by Avicii

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"Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen

Every girl has the perfect week at the beach once a year! These songs can show off how incredible your experience with your friends was.

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"Bullet Train" by Stephen Swartz

"Love You Like A Love Song" by Selena Gomez

"G.O.M.D." by J. Cole

"The Heart Wants What It Wants" by Selena Gomez

We all take visits to the city and never have the right songs to make a video with. These upbeat songs will make your city vlog into a perfect travel video!

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