All writers at some point in their writing career will face a blockade – the dreaded writer’s block. And though, yes, I agree with Jim Butcher on this sentiment, “I don’t have writer’s block. I have a mortgage,” we don’t all have that motivator when it comes to writing our fiction.
Recently, I’ve been a bit burnt out on my creative writing. I’m a full-time content creator and journalist, so writing isn’t the issue – well, not in the typical way at least. But a desire to write something creative and unique has been fleeting.
When this happens, I have two things that may help with my writer’s block. The first is playing some writing games or doing some writing prompts. But that hasn’t helped this go around.
My other go-to is writing sprints. If you’re not sure what those are, it’s simple:
Sometimes, one sprint is enough to break the wall. Sometimes, I need more and wind up doing multiple sprints in a day or many in a week. These help with fiction, non-fiction, deeply intimate memoir writing, even poetry. If I’m stuck, I start a sprint. If I’m really stuck, I do several – and may ask a friend to join in or keep me accountable ongoing on them until I break through the wall.
Between sprints and exercises/games, I have yet to fail at breaking through writer’s block.
So, if you’re in that place where everything you start is rubbish or you can’t get past the first few paragraphs, try some writing sprints. You may just discover it helps you break through that wall the way it does me.