How to beat writers block and spark creativity

With a career in public relations, it is inevitable that you will be writing just about every day during your career.

Even if you love to write, you’ll probably get writers block.

Below I have listed some interesting ways to beat writer’s block on those dreary days.

Source: Ladies Who Critique

Source: Ladies Who Critique

Watch a movie! Whether it’s a movie you’ve already seen, or a new blockbuster film, a movie always makes you feel some type of way. Pick a genre you are in the mood for and watch. Even if it’s terrible, just watch and express how it made you feel in a short blog post. Now, rewrite it into something you’ll love.

Take a nap! Writing can often be tedious, especially if you’re not in the writing mood. A quick, 15-minute power nap can do wonders. After waking up, don’t jump right into writing, but linger until you eventually find yourself back at the writing table scribing classics with pen and paper.

Take a bath! There is something relaxing about a bath that cures everything. Get your favorite bath salts and bubble bath and lounge in a nice, relaxing, warm bath. You may even want to light candles and get a favorite drink. Trust me, your writing is in need of aromatherapy.

Indulge in food! If food, especially chocolate!, makes you happy – indulge! Things that make you happy release endorphins, which, in turn, fight off stress.

Take a break! More than likely, when it comes to writer’s block, all you really need is a break. Sometimes we work ourselves into a tizzy and lose control of our emotions and abilities.

Change your surroundings! By working on something in a new place, you can release new ideas into your mind. Don’t stress yourself out on one thing, either. Try working something else and then go back to your original project.

Read a good book! A good book takes your mind to a new place and changes your feelings all together which can open your mind to new ideas and creativity. If you don’t like to read, try some writing exercises.

Caffeine! Drink some caffeine, but don’t settle for a boring cup of coffee or a can of Coke. Try something new and exciting from Starbucks – the Pumpkin Spice Latte, perhaps?

Find inspiration! Inspiration can be found anywhere and everywhere, and different things inspire different people. Quotes are my go-to for inspiration, but people work, too. Connect with people who inspire and motivate you to help clean your mind and spark creativity.

Release stress and tension! Exercise is a great way to relieve stress. Mix up your workouts, too, so they don’t get boring. Running, swimming, yoga, walking or boxing are all great ways to exercise. For more ideas, check out this article.

How have you overcome writers block?

Gabrielle Burgess-Smith
Vice President of Public Relations
EMU PRSSA
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