[HOW-TO] Overcome the Writer’s Block and Work Efficiently

For this year, I’ve set myself twelve challenges.

For this month, I have to write 3000 words every day, except the last 7 days of the month – the challenge will be doubled and I’ll have to write 6000 words every day.

I’ve decided that I’m going to write a new book.

Today is the 14th day and I have a 100% success rate until now.

My word document is showing the following statistics:

This is the 3rd book that I’m writing and I’m so happy I’ll be able to finish it by the end of the month.

It’s a book about the optimistic perspective as a core element of successful people.

Anyway, while going through this challenge I’ve faced the writer’s block and I’ve had to find ways to overcome it.

If you’re having some problems focusing or you’re experiencing burnouts regularly, I hope the following methods will come in handy.

It’s all about Refreshing Your Process of Generating New Ideas

When I’m facing the writer’s block, I actually lack ideas.

There’s nothing like I don’t know how to write anymore, but I don’t know WHAT TO WRITE ABOUT anymore.

So, I’m lacking ideas.

Thereby, if I’m able to generate new ideas, then I’ll be able to write more.

Here’s what I’m usually doing in order to get my brain pumped-up with weird but cool ideas to write about.

I Take a Walk or Go For a Run

This happened only once and I decided that I need to do something completely different because everything else didn’t work.

By going outside you will refresh your thoughts because:

  • You will see new things;
  • You will breath fresh air;
  • You will use your whole body;
  • You will pump some blood to your brain.

This is like the last method I’m trying when I’m facing the writer’s block simply because it requires a bigger period of time to be invested. Somewhere around 30 to 60 mins.

2 Easy-to-do Tricks to Empower Your Brain

In order to function properly, your brain needs air and water.

So, when you’re lacking ideas, creativity or energy, provide your brain water and air and you’ll be able to get back to normal.

#1 Drink two glasses of water

I have this routine every morning.

Right after I wake up, I drink two glasses of water and my whole body starts working. The brain becomes active, the metabolism becomes active.

Thinking about my morning routine, I wanted to try the same exercise to see if it works when I struggle to generate new ideas.

Guess what? It worked!

Right now I’m having a 5 liters bottle of water near me and I’m drinking a glass of water every one or two hours.

#2 Breathing exercises

Right after I’m drinking water in the morning, once every two or three days, I’m doing this breathing exercise.

I lie on my back, in my bed or on the floor, with my eyes closed and I start the exercise.

Step 1: Breath in slowly until your lungs are full of air.

Step 2: Breath out slowly but don’t exhale the whole air from your lungs.

Repeat it for 30 times.

You should feel very calm and relaxed – like you just lost 20% of your body’s weight.

If you’re feeling a little dizzy, then wait for 5 mins in the same position. The feeling will pass.

What if You Can’t Generate New Ideas?

It happened to have no results after I tried the above-mentioned techniques.

What do you do if you’re in that nasty situation?

Well, you dig deeper!

If you have to write about unicorns and you’ve mentioned how beautiful and smart they are and you’re lacking new ideas, then dig deeper.

Why are they smart? What makes them so beautiful? Is smart related to their beauty? Do they even exist?

Digging deeper means asking specific questions.

By asking specific questions about the topic you’re approaching, you’ll take your brain out of the box and shift the thinking process from inside the box to outside the box.

Whatever You Do, Write Down Ideas using a Pen and a Paper

When it comes to copywriting, article writing or anything that’s related, I’m using my laptop.

But when it comes to generating new ideas, the laptop doesn’t help anymore.

Even for the structure of this article, I took a notebook and a pen and started writing down its main ideas and topics that I want to discuss.

Writing down something as simple as random words related to the topic you’re on, will be insanely helpful!

The Two Types of Thoughts

Considering there is conscious and subconscious, I would say there are the thoughts that come from the conscious mind and the other ones – that come from the subconscious mind.

The creative process comes from the subconscious.

Maybe you experienced a morning when you woke up with your brain full of ideas. That moment was the result of your subconscious activity during the night, when you were sleeping.

Most writers out there are saying that in order to write something you have to start writing.

I guess they meant that if you want to write something, you don’t have to think about what you want to write.

Conscious thinking will limit your creative process and the words you can generate.

Instead, try not to think and just write.

I know it sounds weird but it works. Just give it a shot! In my case, this is the technique I love the most.

Are These Techniques Working In Other Fields Too?

Well, I have no idea.

I only tested them in the writing field because this is what I’m usually doing.

But if you’re a manager, a painter or anything else, just try them out and then come back to this article and share your results.


If you’ve found this article helpful, please share it with your friends on social media platforms. As well, if you have any questions or thoughts that you want to share with me, please do it in the comments section below.

Keep learning and growing,
David

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Interested in the human potential and its capacity of changing its perspectives, David can help you make a change in your life or transform your passion into a business.

5 Comments

  1. Juan @LonelyWallet April 14, 2017 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    You make some very valuable points here. On Reddit, I already told you that I 100% agree with taking notes with pen and paper. Another thing I noticed is going out to see and experience something new is extremely encouraging to creative thinking. Being locked in a house all day works against us in being creative. Get out and a explore. Great post and good luck on your book!

    • David The Optimist April 15, 2017 at 5:52 am - Reply

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts here also, Juan.
      Basically, most of the things that break the writing routine can refresh the process of generating new ideas. Going out is one of them.

  2. Fressure April 17, 2017 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    Definitely going to try some of the tips you mentioned! Good luck on the book!

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