3 Reasons Why we get writer’s block and how to overcome it

This is a guest blog originally published to one of the other websites I write for, 3 Reasons Why. Visit www.3ReasonsWhy.com to find out more reasons for anything you've ever wondered. 

We all have those moments where words just won’t come easy. The muses are certainly a fickle bunch, however, the sooner you get to know what inspires and motivates you the better off you are in the long run. There are many ways in which you can find inspiration; most of them sound silly, but they work!

Here are three reasons why we get writer’s block and how you can beat it.

Reason 1: You are uninspired or burnt out

If you’re feeling a bit uninspired, try read inspiration quotes. Sooner or later you will find something that resonates with you. Pintrest is great for this, or just use Google images. Save the best ones in a folder on your computer and refer to them during any time you come down with a case of writer’ block.

Word games like Boggle and Scrabble are also great for this and force your mind to think of letters and words in unconventional ways. If you need a quick little inspirational pick-me-up throughout the day, try relaxing with a cup of tea and a crossword puzzle. The results may surprise you.

Reason 2: Get back to the basics

In order to champion writer’s block, you may want to get back to the basics. Listen to your favorite music from back when you were at the peak of your inspiration. Watch an old favorite movie of yours. Read your favorite parts from your favorite book. Get into a long conversation with someone you haven’t talked to in a few years. But remember, it’s important that you don’t linger too long in a nostalgic state of mind, lest you begin to backtrack

Reason 3: Exercise and Meditation

If you’re stuck on a one particular part of a writing endeavor, there are many things you can do to find your muse and jump start your brain. First, it is important to know your mind as well as your body. The best two weapons you can have in your fight against writer’s block are exercise and mediation.

Any amount of exercise which raises your heart rate and makes you sweat will increase blood flow to you brain, reduce cortisol and stress levels, and produce endorphins and other feel-good chemicals in your body which in turn sharpen your mind. Jogging is one of the best writing tools that anyone with a pair of headphones and pair of legs can do.

Although they don’t need to be in succession, a good meditation session following exercise will dramatically improve your focus virtually all day. Meditation can also be a great way to get more insight before beginning a new writing project. And all you need to do is clear your mind and focus on your breathing. If you’re like me, then you have millions of thoughts running through your head every second of every day. By slowing down and taking time to focus on “nothing”, our ability to focus on everything is significantly enhanced.

If you’ve never done meditation before, it is quite literally the easiest thing in the world. Here is a video that explains more.

The great thing about exercise and meditation is that they provide prominent results in your body and mind instantly and you can continue to reap these benefits throughout the day. Unlike caffeine, the intense mental clarity provided by exercise and meditation do not diminish over time.

Go for a jog. Sit and breathe. Write words. Repeat.