Writer’s block is a writer’s nightmare. However, you don’t have to live with it. In fact, you can kick it in the gut and tell it to leave you for good. How? By organizing your life, silly! I know it sounds crazy to think that getting rid of writer’s block is that simply, but it is. Bear with me here so I can fully explain.
The “No Time” Excuse is A Total Lie You Tell Yourself
I used to make this excuse a lot, even while in the midst of writing my novel. I would wake up late and go to sleep late and tell myself I was being a writer. Then, I would sit down to write at six in the evening, feel tired because I just wanted to rest from everything else I did that day, and end up only writing a page or less. My excuse, “I just don’t have time to write.” The truth is, I did have time, but I didn’t organize it the way I should have.
Instead, I now do this:
8:30 a.m. Wake up, get ready, eat breakfast.
9:30 a.m. Write for two hours.
11:30 a.m. Do other work and eat lunch somewhere in there.
5:30 p.m./6:00 p.m. Eat dinner, then write some more.
8:00 p.m. Rest, watch TV, do something fun.
12:00 a.m. Go to bed.
Obviously, I now give myself enough time to do everything. Plus, because I wake up early, I get to do what matters to me first thing because I have enough time to do everything else after. So, I end up writing for a minimum of two hours and feel rewarded. This prevents staring at an empty page feeling sorry for myself because I’m too tired to think or write about anything.
Prioritize Your Writing
Another thing I learned from organizing my time was prioritizing my writing. Sure, I really wanted to watch my favorite show on Netflix, but that wasn’t productive. Thus, I told myself to write first and watch my show later. I now watch TV only at night (around 8) and do my writing first thing in the morning.
If you have a busy schedule that prevents you from writing early in the day, consider writing first thing when you get home. You might be tired, but you should always put your priority for writing first. Eat dinner, take a 20-minute nap, then wake up and write for at least two hours.
Stop Telling Yourself You Have No Idea What to Write About
You’re a writer, for story’s sake. This is your job! No one can tell you what to write about; only you can. Find anything to write about and write it. If you’re still feeling stuck, tell yourself you’re being too critical and just pick a random subject and start writing.
Have you ever transferred schools or moved from one city to another? That’s a great story right there. Create a character who struggles with a new move.
Have you ever witnessed a tragedy? Share it with the world!
Have you ever had a broken heart? Tell people about it through your character.
The stories are endless. You don’t have to have a perfect idea. Start somewhere, stop delaying, and write your novel!
End writer’s block once and for all by organizing your life and getting your priorities straight. You’ll notice a difference immediately if you try!
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