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Overcoming Writer's Block

Writer's Block is something that almost all writers will go through at some time or another in their writing career. An overwhelming sense of helplessness, loss of control, inability to focus on your writing, fear about future prospects and a range of many other negative emotions eat into your psyche, almost paralyzing you. Though writer's block may hang around you like a specter that you can never escape from, there are simple and effective methods that can help you deal with it.

Relax and let go of things: Decide if you are overexerting yourself. Too often, in our eagerness, we bite off more than we can chew. We take up projects without ensuring that we have the time and resources to see them through. When deadlines begin to push hard on us, we get stressed. Evaluate the project that you have taken on and determine whether the deadlines you have promised are realistic. If not, speak to your clients and request revised deadlines.

Take time off for yourself: Writers are not writing machines. We are human beings who need time to recuperate and rest. Working late hours on a continuous basis is going to take its toll on your mental health. If you feel stuck in you writing, a walk in a park or a quiet evening with friends will help you to unwind and your mind to think clearly.

Set realistic deadlines and stick to them: Another reason for a feeling of pressure due to deadlines may be lack of proper planning and procrastination. A good idea would be to have specific hours of the day that you can set aside for writing. A literary output that is steady, although small, is a reliable way of working in the long run.

Seek Professional help: Sometimes, writer's block can be due to causes that are not related to writing, such as a traumatic incident, a difficult financial situation that causes a lot of stress and anxiety, etc. Talking to therapists can help you to address the root cause of the problem. Besides, many therapists are specially trained to help creative people.

Divert your attention: Playing videogames, watching a movie or reading a novel can help to distract you and refresh your thinking process.

Have a hobby: Having a hobby, such as stamp collecting, fish keeping, etc can be useful. When your writing processes seem blocked, start working with your stamps or cleaning you aquarium. You will return to your writing table relaxed.

Join a writing club: Having friends who share your passion can be a great help. A writing club can help you to find people you can relate to. You will be able to share experiences and find ways of overcoming your block.

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