Mastering ways of dealing with writer’s block is one of the most important things you need to learn if you intend to make a stable living as a freelance writer. Being a freelance writer can be financially rewarding while also giving you the freedom to live life on your own terms. Instead of having to go to work on someone else’s schedule you can work from home whenever you have the time. You can plan your writing around your life instead of the other way around.
But what happens when you get that dreaded obstacle that threatens to derail your chosen profession? What happens when writer’s block rears it’s ugly head. Suddenly you are sitting there staring at that blank computer screen waiting, hoping, and even praying that inspiration will manifest itself. But what if it doesn’t? What if that blank screen keeps staring back at you? You have deadlines and every minute you are sitting there idly waiting for inspiration is a minute you are losing income. The good news is that there are many different methods that you can employ to overcome writer’s block so that you can get back to earning a stable living. Here we have mentioned a few.
1. Doing some sort of physical activity
The worst thing you can do is sit there and keep staring at the computer screen, forcing your brain to cooperate. This almost never works, will frustrate you, and it will often give you a headache as well. So don’t sit there, get up and go for a walk, or a jog, or do any physical activity outdoors for a little while that can get your blood flowing. Giving your mind a break is often just what it takes to get you back on track.
If you are having trouble with a particular assignment or job try using freewriting to get your creative juices flowing again. What is freewriting? Freewriting is a process where you sit down and just start writing about anything and everything you want to. You don’t worry about spelling, or sentence structure, or even the topic. You just write. World class athletes don’t just get up and start competing, they warm up first. Freewriting is a way to warm up your mind and get the creative juices flowing.
3. Playing games
Play some kind of game, any kind of game that requires focus and attention. As long as you aren’t writing, and you are still engaging those mental muscles you can get your brain ready for work. Playing some kind of game is also great at relieving stress as well, which you are probably experiencing if you are fighting writer’s block.
4. Switching to another project
Try switching over to another project for a while. As a freelance writer you probably have multiple projects to work on. So why not try switching over to a new project for a little while. Maybe a change in subject matter is all you really needed. While it can be challenging trying to juggle multiple assignments at one time, it can also keep you working while you are trying to fight writer’s block.