When you are writing a lengthy document, an article, a novel, or even something like a letter to your loved ones – sooner or later, you are going to encounter writer’s block. Most of the time, when it comes to this situation, you might find yourself lacking motivation and interest, maybe get stuck for a while, and if it goes on long enough – close the file and do something else. These kinds of things happen often. The key to overcoming them is knowing what they are and how to deal with them. What if you could beat writer’s block and increase your Productivity? You can, with a little effort. That is why we will look at seven types of writer’s block today and discover ways to beat them for good.
Step 1: Identify Your Blocks
Writer’s block can be a symptom of a more significant problem. It is essential to identify the root cause of your writer’s block so that you can fix it and move forward with your writing projects.
There are seven types of writer’s block, but they all have one thing in common: they are preventable by finding solutions.
1. Boredom Blockage
Boredom block is when you do not know what to write. You cannot think of anything to say, and nothing is left in your mind. If this happens to you, here are some ways to get out of the boredom trap:
Ask yourself questions that lead somewhere interesting. For example: “What would happen if…” or “If I were this character in this situation…”
Try writing about something new or different than what you usually write about–even if it is just for one day. Try writing from another person’s perspective (i.e., writing as if someone else was telling their story). It helps break up the routine, so it does not feel like a chore when starting back up after taking time off due to writer’s block.
2. Fear Blockage
Fear is an emotion that can be paralyzing. It is a natural reaction to the unknown and unfamiliar, but it can also be applied to something you know well. Fear of failure, rejection, and criticism are all common fears among writers.
Fear of success: You may be afraid that once you reach your goal (or even after), people will expect more from you than they did before–and if not? Well, then, maybe no one likes what I do at all. I may not be good enough at this after all.
Fear of failure: What if my book does not sell? What if no one reads it? Maybe I should stop now so I do not waste more time or money on something that will not work anyway…”
3. Procrastination Blockage
Procrastination is a form of self-sabotage. It is when you put off the things that need to be done, either because the task feels overwhelming or because it is not very exciting.
When you procrastinate, it is because you are afraid of failure or success or both, and so instead of focusing on getting things done, your focus shifts elsewhere: checking email, browsing social media sites like Facebook or Twitter (or even this website), watching TV shows anything but working on what needs doing.
Procrastination Blockage can also happen when we feel like our work is not good enough yet, that there’s still more research needed before we can start writing an article or book chapter, or even if we lack confidence in ourselves as writers/artists/musicians/etcetera
4. Critical Brain Blockage
The fourth type of writer’s block is critical brain blockage. It is when you have too many ideas and need help deciding which one to pursue. You may also be afraid of making the wrong decision or even criticism or failure if you choose a path.
The solution? Keep your options open until you have more information about what works best for your story, then go with your gut feeling.
5. Mental Blockage (Inability to Focus)
It is the most common type of writer’s block. In this case, you have all the inspiration and ideas you need, but your mind will not cooperate.
You may need help to focus or concentrate on what you are doing. You might feel too many distractions and need to get something done. The truth is that these distractions are not affecting your ability to focus as much as they affect how long it takes your brain to get into “work mode.”
The best way to deal with mental blocks is by taking breaks between tasks so that when it comes time for another task later down the line, everything will seem fresh again and not like something stale from earlier in the day (or even yesterday).
6. Stagnation Blockage (Lack of Progress)
This kind of blockage can be the most frustrating because you may have a lot of ideas and want to write them down, but you just cannot get started. You feel stuck in a rut or spinning your wheels and not getting anywhere.
It is important to remember that even writers who are not blocked out of their minds still experience this type of writer’s block at some point during their careers–it happens to everyone. So, if it does happen to you? Do not worry about it; keep going forward with whatever project/solo project/group project/etc. until your creative juices start flowing again.
7. Overwhelm Blockage (Information Overload)
This type of blockage is caused by needing more information to process. Too many ideas can drive it, or it can be caused by too much information. Either way, you feel overwhelmed and unable to focus on the task. The best way to deal with this problem is by breaking down your project into smaller tasks that are easier for your brain to handle.
Step 2: Figure Out Which Type of Block You’re Experiencing
As you can see, many types of writer’s block exist. The first step to overcoming them is figuring out which type you are experiencing and then taking action to overcome it.
Step 3: Find Solutions for Your Blocks
If you are blocked by a lack of inspiration or the inability to think clearly, a screen recorder and voice recorder can be great tools for getting your ideas out there. You can use these tools to record yourself speaking about what you want to write about. Then edit the recordings using a video editor and turn them into something more coherent later. It is beneficial if talking through what you want to say helps get those creative juices flowing again.
The best way to beat writer’s block is by identifying what type of block you are experiencing. Once you know what kind of writer’s block you have, it is time to find solutions; some solutions include taking a break from writing, working on something else for a while and coming back later with fresh eyes, or taking some time off from work altogether.