Signs You're Suffering from Writer's Block
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Signs You're Suffering from Writer's Block

Writer's block? Here's what to do about it.

Signs You're Suffering from Writer's Block

Writer's block is something we all have come across in our lives, even if you don't write for your job. One of the most common times someone comes across writers block is in school, when they have to write an essay or report, etc. Curious as to whether you are suffering from writer's block or just lazy or preoccupied with something else? Here are some signs, or "symptoms" of writer's block.

1. You're not writing.

2. You aimlessly scroll through social media.

3. You start planning a trip you'll never take.

4. You've run out of people to stalk on Facebook.

5. You call up people you haven't talked to in months.

6. You've taken several "Which ____ are you?" quizzes online.

7. You've binge watched something on Netflix.

Here are some ways to help cure Writer's Block:

1. You don't have to marry your results.

You do not have to like the first thing you finish writing, or even the twentieth! You have the right to write whatever it is you need to, go back to it, change a few things to just start all over again? Who knows? You might write a masterpiece on your first try or it might take you a few more. You might even write a few copies only to finally decide that you liked your first one best. It's all about writing more than one thing and revising if need be.

2. Don't compare yourself.

It's okay to read other's works for inspiration but do not compare your writing to theirs. It will only discourage you more and when one is suffering from writer's block, the last thing they need is discouragement. Everyone has a different writing style and that doesn't meant that yours isn't as good. As far as comparing pieces someone wrote, a reader may adore their piece and not like yours or vice versa. It's all about personal preference.

3. Go outside.

Take some time out of thinking what to write, and get some fresh air. Maybe something outside will inspire you or simply taking time away from writing will help. If you don't want to just go outside, try maybe writing a bike or go hiking. Do something that will inspire you and take you away from your work for a while.

4. Make an outline.

If you have an idea and just don't know how to start, outlines are a great tool. They'll help you keep your focus on what you're writing and the quality of it vs thinking about what to write next and if you have covered everything you wanted to.

5. Just write.

Yes, this may sound cliche, but just write! Don't stop writing and see where your brain goes. Of course this won't always work, especially if you have an essay due that has specific requirements, but it will at least give you something to work off of. it's always better to write more than not enough.

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