It’s the worst.
The absolute worst.
There’s nothing more annoying than sitting in an assessment or SAC and not knowing what to write.
Writer’s block happens to everyone, even the greatest authors of all time.
Jane Austen would’ve had it at some point.
So did Charles Dickens, and J.K Rowling.
It happens when we write essays, persuasive pieces, and especially narratives.
But, from one writer to another, we’re gonna have a look at some pro tips on how to get over Writer’s Block.
1. Search Up Synonyms
Usually when we’re unsure about what to write, it’s because we’re not sure what words to put on paper.
This problem usually pops up when we write narratives, where we need to sound as descriptive and emotive as possible.
Firstly, dump your ideas onto paper in the planning process.
It doesn’t matter if it’s kinda messy, as long as you can understand it for now.
When you’re sure about where you want to go with your piece, find synonyms for the words you’ve put on paper.
Eg. Red Riding Hood was shocked when she walked into her Grandma’s house, and found a wolf in the bed.
Google some synonyms for the verbs and adjectives in the sentences you’ve written down, and pick your favourite one for each.
Instead, it’ll look more interesting:
Eg. Red Riding Hood was flabbergasted as she burst through her Grandma’s house, face to face with a domineering wolf in the bed.
This way, you’ll have somewhere to go with your writing, rather than being stuck in the same cycle of boring words.
2. Read Excerpts
If you have a favourite author or favourite book series, there’s gotta be something you like about it - a reason why they’re your favourite.
Maybe it’s the plot, the style of writing, the words they use.
The best way to overcome writer’s block is to try and write just like those authors.
If you’re not in the mood to read an entire book or series, search up excerpts online!
That way you’ll have a little snippet to remind you of what you liked about the author’s writing.
For example, J.K Rowling writes in third person in the Harry Potter series.
Eg. Hagrid looked at Harry with warmth and respect blazing in his eyes, but Harry, instead of feeling pleased and proud, felt quite sure there had been a horrible mistake. — Excerpt from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling
J.K Rowling writes by using at least two adjectives to describe characters and their traits.
She also writes in third person so that she can write about all the characters, showing the readers what each character is thinking and feeling.
Perhaps you enjoy writing like J.K Rowling, or another author.
Go ahead and have a look at their work, and see what you like about it!
3. Watch YouTube Videos or Movies
Videos, especially film, are art.
So when it comes to watching films, it is the best way to get inspo.
Watch the way a character acts - the way they move their facial features.
If you’re unsure on how to describe a character’s emotions, describe the way a character’s face moves on the screen.
When you’re in doubt about the clothes your character may wear, observe what someone is wearing in a movie and describe it in your own words.
This tip is probably the easiest one of the three.
All you need to do is sit back, relax, and watch what every character is doing.
Writer’s Block can be the biggest pain ever.
But know that you’re not alone in dealing with it.
All students encounter it in creative writing and in essay writing.
Go ahead and give these tips and tricks a crack, and let us know which ones work best for you!