Stuck in a Rut? Ways to Conquer Writer’s Block

Written by Liz Britton

Who here is guilty of writer’s block? I know I am. Anything from trying to write an essay to getting the words out for a blog post or working on your next epic novel can conjure up writer’s block.

And let me tell you: it is the worst. Especially when you have a deadline.

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Spongebob experiences writer’s block

Which is why I decided to attend a meeting led by Gail Z. Martin, author of The Chronicles of the Necromancer, that would address these issues. After sitting down with some fellow writers to discuss how to get out of a rut, I wanted to share a few ways you can over writer’s block and get back in the groove:

Take a Break

I know it seems like the world is ending and your work was due, like, yesterday, but taking a much needed 30 minute walk outside is good for you and for your writing. When you are stressed, you may suffer from lack of sleep, brain fog and other consequences that can derail your success.

Even taking a fifteen minute break to focus on something else can help jog your writing juices.

Exercise

According to the American Council on Exercise, just by exercising you can boost your work performance. Exercise comes with the benefits of re-charging your brain, allows you to do your best, focus more on the tasks at hand and gives you an edge in the work place.

One study showed that a supervised, pre-planting season exercise program among reforestation workers reduced injury rates from 22% to less than 5% — and increased productivity.
A daily supervised 10-minute stretching program among assembly-line workers showed significant improvement in joint flexibility, fatigue, anger, depression, and overall mood.

A nine–month study of 80 executives showed that exercisers experienced a 22% increase in fitness and a 70% improvement in ability to make complex decisions compared to sedentary peers.

A study of railroad workers showed that 75% of employees reported improvement in on-the-job concentration and overall productivity.

On top of helping you burn calories, exercise helps your concentration. So get your workout in today and reap benefits ASAP!

Work on Something Else

Yup. Step away from the laptop and go tackle that DIY project you’ve been meaning to get writingto for the past few months. Have laundry to do? Get it done while painting your nails. Go grocery shopping. Do something productive other than what you are trying to write.

One suggestion from a fellow writer was to “write in another dimension”. In other words: if you’re writing non-fiction, try a fictional world for a change. If you’re working on poetry, try short fiction. The point is to shock you out of your daily routine so you can get back into the work flow when you return.

Come back to work after an hour or two of doing something else, and you might be surprised what you are capable of accomplishing.

Walk and Talk it Out

We’ve already mentioned some of the benefits of exercise when it comes to your writing, but discussing your rut with a friend might help. Gail Z. Martin explained that whenever she is having trouble, she and her husband go for a walk to talk out where she is stuck in her writing.

By talking about it and processing it out loud, you will be able to work through your issues and even get an idea or two from your friend, partner, or coworker.

These are just a few of the ideas that were tossed around by myself and other writers. Leave a comment sharing what you do to get out of a writer’s rut!

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