You know when you’re attempting to write a paper or a creative news release, and the words just aren’t coming? There’s nothing worse than hitting that mental roadblock and having to accept that there’s nothing you can do to bust through it. Well, maybe you don’t have to accept it. Here are six tips to help you destroy your writer’s block every time:
Write out every thought
You’re probably saying to yourself, “If I had thoughts to write down, then I wouldn’t be having writer’s block.” That’s fair enough; maybe you feel brain dead and can’t come up with any thoughts at all. Maybe you have a ton of unrelated thoughts that are clogging up your brain. Whichever the case, write down something, anything, that you can think of to spur some ideas or write down the thoughts that are getting in the way, and cross them out so that they’re physically and mentally removed from you.
As difficult as it might be for you to accept, especially if you’re a public relations major, there is definitely such a thing as overworking yourself. Pushing your brain to its limit isn’t always the best idea, especially when you have to write a lot of content in a short amount of time. Sometimes literally walking away from your work for five minutes is the best thing you can do to stay sharp and avoid running into writer’s block.
Take a power nap
A little nap can go a long way. Give yourself 20 minutes to get your heart rate down, clear your mind and truly relax. If you fear that your power nap might turn into a mini-coma, I’ve learned that using a cup of coffee as a motivator to wake up from a nap is successful nine times out of 10.
Talk it out
Relaying your thoughts to someone else verbally is a great way to make things happen when you stuck in a writer’s rut. Not only can that person respond to your ideas with positive or negative feedback, but they can share any ideas that your words sparked inside of them as well.
Listen to music
This could potentially become a distraction, but if you listen to more calming or soft music, it could actually be really beneficial. Listening to music can relax you, and songs can even inspire you through their lyrics. Give it a try!
Divvy up your work
Don’t focus all of your efforts on one writing assignment for hours on end. This will wear your mind out on one subject, make you feel less productive and cause more frustration than is necessary. Plan to work on one writing assignment for a set amount of time, and then move on to the next one. If you happen to get on a roll with that first assignment, then go for it and break away from the schedule! If not, you can feel secure in deciding to move on to another assignment while that worn out part of your brain takes a respite.
Olivia Kelley is a sophomore public relations major at Waynesburg University. She serves as the historian for Waynesburg University’s Public Relations Student Society of America Chapter, and as an account specialist for Red Brick Communications. Follow her on Twitter and connect with her on LinkedIn.