Copywriters, you’ll know where I’m coming from – the awful ‘mind blank’ we get when we’ve been focusing for too long or can’t think of the next step. Don’t worry; you’re not alone. The likes of Shakespeare, Dickens, and Roald Dahl have all fallen victim to writer’s block. But, in this blog, we’ve decided to talk about how you can get rid of it. Creativity, enthusiasm and commitment can be lost when such a block interrupts our mind. You could be the best writer in the world, a creative content writer or social media savvy, but one day you will have writer’s block.
How do you deal with writer’s block?
Writer’s block is like having one of those annoying itches that you can’t get to no matter what you do. However, there are easy ways to get rid of this inconvenience. When you have a job that requires creativity, it’s important to know how to get rid of writer’s block quickly and effectively.
1. Exercise that brain
Exercising the brain is probably the only form of exercise I do. But by working out your mind with cognitive exercises, you will train your muscles to get moving again. If you’re struggling to produce some content, don’t slave over it all day and night, let it go. Do some cognitive activities and then go back to it!
You’ll feel rejuvenated and can also tell people that you ‘worked out’ (elbow nudge).
Some cognitive activities:
– Playing an instrument
– Learning a skill or language
– Exercise (yes, physically, sorry)
– Cooking or baking
– Going outside
2. Listen to music
Listening to music is my personal favourite. As it releases endorphins (the chemicals that control your happiness), music has the amazing ability to clear your mind completely. – Perfect for clearing writer’s block.
The best music for concentration includes:
– Classical music
– Deep house
– Ambient noises
– Anything without lyrics (lyrics are distracting)
3. Don’t put pressure on yourself
We all have deadlines, but it’s our expectations that cause us to rush and force content that should have a little more thought. Making yourself stressed just to get something done and out of the way is a) unfair and b) unrealistic. What I’m saying is, utilise the timeframe to the best of your ability, make sure you allow for planning and research, as well as time for grammatical corrections and evaluation. Always double, if not triple check your work and use another pair of eyes for that matter.
4. Take short breaks
Trust me, short breaks help. Studies recommend giving yourself 20 minutes of work time followed by 5-minute intervals to rest and have a breather. By letting your brain relax even just for 5 minutes, this will allow you to restore your train of thought.
There’s an excellent app called ‘Headspace’ which I use to get me into a positive state of mind. It’s the perfect application for copywriters, as writer’s block can be an occurring problem for us.
If you enjoy challenges, however, try ‘The Most Dangerous Writing App’. This app deletes all content if you stop writing for more than 5 seconds, savage right?
Anyway, I hope this blog helps you to stop the block – let it not get the better of us, EVER!