Beating writer’s block is every writer’s dilemma. It’s the plague that crosses the desk of every aspiring novelist, columnist or journalist. It doesn’t matter whether you’re dealing with articles or novels. Overcoming writer’s block becomes a priority at one point or the other. Sometimes, it can happen many times.
I’ve personally had to deal with beating writer’s block several times. I write information articles for websites as my main writing job. I feel like the volume of articles writers like us have to produce can make it extremely challenging, sometimes even more challenging than writing a novel.
This is because we have to come up with hundreds of unique topics. And beating writer’s block becomes a problem when the subject matter is incredibly dry. Coming up with ideas become stressful as well.
And imagine writing 100 articles on something like tax issues! Boring or technical topics like that become a reason to start beating writer’s block. That kind of volume simply leads to me spacing out.
I’m sure you’ve experienced the same. But I’m here to tell you that there can be a solution to beat writer’s block – and it’s by taking a hike!
Beating Writer’s Block Outdoors
When I say take a hike, I don’t mean you have to abandon your work. What this means is that you have to take a break from your writing space. Beating writer’s block involves getting a change of scenery.
So go for a short walk, or for a hike, or even just a stroll in your local park. Clear your mind of the stress of your work. Remove any other unnecessary details that are cluttering your mind as well.
And allow the extra space and new stimulation to envelope you. Let your mind wander. Begin to think through things.
You’d find yourself subconsciously generating new ideas! Beating writer’s block becomes easy because now, you’ll be coming up with new topics at great speeds.
In fact, I’ve gotten some of my best ideas walking on the beach. It may seem like an odd mix (my dry and boring topic, and the beautiful beach environment), but somehow it works. Beating writer’s block just happens.
But it’s important to not lose those ideas on the way though. And that’s a problem because it’s not like you’ll be brining your computer to the park. That defeats the whole purpose of taking a hike.
So to remove the frustration of losing an idea (which is the reverse of beating writer’s block), you should have a system for remembering ideas on the go.
Keeping Track of New Ideas
There are many ways you can keep track of your new ideas when you go outdoors. Firstly, you can take a dictation machine with you. Unfortunately, this technique didn’t work for me. Mostly, this way of beating writer’s block failed because I can’t even hear myself. The environment can be loud. And even when it’s clear enough, I simply can’t pick up my thread of thought after listening to it when I get home.
But the second technique worked for me. Writing in journals seems to be an effective way of beating writer’s block. A friend of mine, who happens to be an author, found great success in polishing plot twists while hiking, all because he wrote in journals. And so I took his recommendation to heart.
And it’s also preferable for me because it’s easier to just sit down and write down an idea. I could easily capture story lines. And I found that it’s also easier to pick up afterwards as well.
So if you want to start beating writer’s block, go outside and get those ideas going!