How to Beat Writer’s Block (for any artist!)

I don’t know about you, but I get writer’s block all the time. I never let it stop me from creating though! But… isn’t that what writer’s block is? Something that stops you from writing? It is! But there’s a super simple hack you can learn to get rid of writer’s block forever. Yes, really.

Getting Rid of Writer’s Block Once and For All

This hack doesn’t only work with writing; it will help you overcome any type of creative block that may cross your path! I learned this trick in art school, and have used it ever since. Are you ready to learn how to burst through any and all creative blocks? The solution is so super simple, I promise. All you have to do is

just

keep

creating.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Sam, how can I just keep creating when I have writer’s block?! You know that means that I can’t think of anything to write right now, right?!?!?!”

And I get that, I really do. It’s frustrating as heck! The first time I took an algebra class, the teacher would answer all of our questions with “just do it, kid”! It took going to college for me to figure out what he meant. Professors in art school basically had that same approach. Just do it. But….there’s one more thing that they added, and that my algebra teacher should have explained a bit further.

Writer’s Block is Like Algebra

You already know what you have to do, but for some reason or another you just can’t. The story doesn’t sound quite right, the solution to the math problem is always wrong, and the painting just looks off. In these types of situations, the best thing for you is to move on!

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Start writing another story, solve a similar algebra problem, plan a new painting. Its good practice to always have multiple projects going. If you hit a block on one project, just move on to something else and go back to it later. The key is to keep moving! Trust me, if you have some sort of mental/creative block, it means that the energy to move forward is there. So don’t stop! Just divert that energy to something else for a while and allow whatever problem you’re working on to incubate.

The Incubation Effect

That’s a psychology term, incubate. There’s this neat little thing called the incubation effect, which refers to how the unconscious mind works on solving problems when we aren’t even thinking of them. There’s tons of studies that prove that working on a different problem helps us to figure out solutions to whatever mental block we may be working on, and they tell us that our subconscious puts that work in when it knows that we won’t be giving up on solving the block.

Don’t just wait around getting frustrated and antsy. Trust me, its not fun. When you hit a block, take a break from whatever project you’re working on and start working on another project instead. Keep that creative energy flowing, baby!


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