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What Is Writer’s Block?

Coined by Austrian psychiatrist, Dr. Edmund Bergler in 1947, Writer’s Block is a condition in which a writer is unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with his/her writing.

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1. Stop before it starts

It is always easier to stop something from happening in the first place than to repair the damage afterward.

Best ways to prevent writer’s block:

  • Productive self-talk or pretend you’re talking to your partner
  • Forming a writing habit

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7. Follow the Pomodoro technique

When you start writing, go for 25 minutes straight and then take a five-minute break. Repeat it for as long as needed. However, for every fourth round, take a longer break – half an hour is ideal.

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4. Take a break or do something else

Writing requires a free, fresh, and open mind. If you’ve hit writer’s block or if you’re simply exhausted, please TAKE A BREAK.

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2. Spend a good amount of time on research

If you don’t have enough information about the topic, then you might google about it after every 2-3 sentences. And that, my friend, will eventually put you in writer’s block.

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What Are the Causes of Writer’s Block?

  • Idea crunch
  • Overwhelmingness
  • Exhaustion
  • Anxiety
  • Perfectionism

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How to Deal with Writer’s Block?

Dealing with writer's block isn't rocket science. All you need is self-awareness - know the root causes and act upon them accordingly. 

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3. Create an outline

Outlining helps in constructing and organizing ideas in a manner that promotes thoughtful flow.

Not to mention, even if your outline is rough, it’s always good to know the path you’re going to walk.

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5. Stuck? Skip it (for now)

For instance, you’re writing a blog on “how crypto can make you go bankrupt” but there’s this section where you just can’t think of anything to write. You’re confused, overwhelmed, anxious, and whatnot.

What do you do in that case?

Skip this section for now and move ahead. And when you’re done with all the other parts, come back to this and complete it.

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6. Give yourself a deadline

Let’s not say deadline; rather, go with the word “goal”.

The basic idea behind setting a goal is to identify what you want to write and create a plan to achieve it, and this ultimately helps you stay on track or stay focused.

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8. Don’t chase perfection

Don't try to fix everything in the first draft. Rather, once you complete it, give it thorough proofreading or ask a friend to do that. Ask her to leave comments and mark mistakes in the draft so that you can fix them accordingly.

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Content Marketing Specialist and Blogger

You want to write, but you can’t seem to get those words flowing. Your brain is too cluttered to create new content. It is a terrible feeling and can hold a person back from finishing their work. And that's what we call "Writer's Block". While many associate writer’s blocks with procrastination, many believe it to be common among writers (even professional writers with years and years of experience). But irrespective of anything that people believe, the problem is real.

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