6 Ways to overcome writer’s block
Turning ideas into stories that seamlessly translate into images on the screen is a skill, and many writers find this the challenging part in the screenwriting process. It requires a continuous mental flow that can be draining at times and can result in a writer’s block.
Writer’s block refers to a creative slowdown or an overwhelming feeling of being stuck, which affects a writer’s ability to produce. The block could be due to stress, lack of motivation, boredom, and many other reasons, but it is important to remember that it isn’t an uncommon phenomenon and every writer faces this challenge at some point. However, there are various strategies and techniques to overcome a writer’s block, let’s learn more about them:
1. Go back to where you started
Revisit your original idea and try to reconnect with your initial drive. Try to remember why you started, what did you want out of the project, how did you want the audience to feel and respond to your story, and what did you want to create in the first place. Going back to the basics will help you refresh your perspective.
2. Get inspired
Sometimes the block occurs simply due to a lack of inspiration and getting away from the desk to clear your mind is the best way to get inspired. Step out, take a walk, watch a movie with an inspiring screenplay, talk to a friend, take a bath, exercise, just be, and create space for inspiration to fill in.
3. Reread and rewrite the story outline
Reread your story outline to remember the bigger picture you had in mind. Try to analyse the flaws in the initial structure that could have developed as the story progressed. Reread and take the time to develop or redevelop the outline and expand it into paragraphs one by one. Don’t stay stuck because of what you’ve already written, flow with what works best.
4. Leave perfectionism aside
Too many expectations, especially expecting perfectionism often leads to disappointment. It is good to set big goals, but if you are a novice writer, it is better to start with writing your first draft as quickly as possible. Once your first draft is ready you have a strong base on which you can build upon. Aim at writing freely and getting in the flow, then go back to the script to refine it. Remember that great scripts are not written, but rewritten, and rewritten.
5. Put a hold on that research
Sometimes too much research can come in the way of your creative writing process and drain the juice out of your original idea. Often writers succumb to research when they’re feeling stuck or burnt out. Instead, spend some time going over the idea in your own head and finding the direction you want to give it.
6. Just Write
John Roger had quoted “You can’t think yourself out of a writing block; you have to write yourself out of a thinking block.” Getting started is the secret to move ahead, and how you get started is by breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into manageable micro-tasks, and then beginning with the first one. Take the power away from the block by simply writing.
It is essential to remain patient at all times as a writer, as that allows your creativity to flow freely, and applying these strategies to manage your writer’s block will help you get back on track in no time at all.
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