3 Clever Ways to Beat Writer’s Block
I can’t think of what to write so I’m just going to watch the cursor blink until by osmosis, the ideas just come to me. Yes, it happens to writers all the time, but it doesn’t mean that you’re condemned to writing a sentence or less a day.
Legend says that Vergil, author of the epic poem The Aeneid, would only write three lines per day because he wanted it to be perfect. Historians don’t necessarily believe that this is true, even if the maths more or less correspond to how long it took to write the masterpiece. The point is, some days you’re just more productive than others and that’s okay!
Go For a Walk
It’s essential that you take breaks whilst script writing, working, playing games, or whatever else you’re doing at your desk, but going for a walk is more than a simple break. Walking has been shown to have many positive effects on writing. Why? By walking, we get our blood going, we stimulate clarity of thought, and we simply feel more creative than sitting in front of that blinking monitor on a white background.
Walking and its effects on resolving writer’s block is nothing new. Many famous writers from ancient times to Charles Dickens to today have all enjoyed going for a walk to stimulate their creativity, so give it a go and get some exercise and remember that mens sana in corpore sano ‘healthy mind in a healthy body’ works both ways.
You’re Not Perfect, Accept It
One of the most common causes of writer’s block is the desire for perfectionism. Every word that comes out of the constant clacking on the keyboard has got to come out just right. You’ll make mistakes, perhaps even grammatical or spelling mistakes, but at least you’ll have something, and that’s okay!
Big works like a bachelor’s or master’s thesis in university can easily take up 200+ hours, and you best believe that the vast majority of that time is not actually spent typing anything, but rather researching, reading, discussing ideas with peers and professors. When it comes to creative writing, just get your ideas down on paper (or digital display, as it were) and make a habit of coming back to it later for editing to get it the way you want it.
Build a Routine and Stick to It
Even the most minute habits we have such as getting up to make a fresh cup of coffee to putting on some relaxing jazz or classical music whilst working (or whatever floats your boat) can be helpful, but they can also be distracting.
Create a manageable, realistic, achievable set of goals based on the SMART (Specific, Manageable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely) rubric. Whether it’s a commitment to yourself to write a whole chapter or act by the end of the week or a day-by-day routine that adapts to the challenges you’re facing as a novice writer, stick to this and manage by objectives. That is, set milestones for your project and reward yourself commensurately as you progress through your screenplay.
Once you’ve got the knowledge of how to overcome writer’s block, it’s time to get to work creating lovely, engaging stories that immerse your audience in your setting, your characters, and the culmination of your hard work. Choose SPSCloud to make screenplay writing feel like it should, natural, intuitive, and with all of the tools you need to bring your stories to life.