We have all been there before – the dreaded creative rut. It’s that dark time when your mind seems to be a jumble of incomprehensible phrases and the right words are nowhere near the tip of your tongue. What typically takes you 30 minutes to write is now taking hours and is still a shamble of messiness and disorder. Rather than letting this time period run its course, try some basic strategies for busting through the creative wall.
Here are 3 ways to continue writing even when you are in a creative rut:
1. Free Writing
Creativity has been proven to open the mind and allow ideas to flow more easily. If you are having difficulty beginning a specific article, try using a free writing technique to get started. To begin, pull out a timer and set it to five minutes. Begin writing either by hand or with a computer whichever words pop into your mind. Don’t worry about grammar or spelling just focus on continuously writing. When the five minutes are up reread what you have written. Use this as a launching board for beginning your article.
2. Fake It Until You Feel It
Not every day is going to be filled with inspiration. One of the worse things writers can do is procrastinate on the task. When you put off what you need to do it makes you more anxious and tense. This only exacerbates the problem. Write even when you don’t feel like. Accomplishing your toughest task first thing in the morning will get you motivated to tackle the rest.
3. Know Your Subject Matter & Know It Well
A lot of times a creative rut spurs from ambiguity that you may have on a particular subject. How can you come up with the right words if you don’t know all the facts? Immerse yourself in learning as much as you can about a subject before beginning the writing process and see if that helps the words flow better.
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