Every writer has faced it, even famous writers have faced the situation known as writer’s block. So there is nothing to worry about. It is a temporary phase that will pass. However, this could be a God-sent opportunity to take a break and advance your writing career.
These are the nine steps that can help a writer advance their writing career.
1. Advertising and promotion
When after all you could do to cure writer’s block you’re at a loss for words, then it’s time to move on. Shut down your PC, get out there and advertise your writing business. Promote it with flyers, or just word of mouth. The idea is to get the word out about your business that while writing you couldn’t make it. So take advantage of the time away from writing and advertise your writing skills. It will give you some writing ideas too, for example you can write about advertising as part of the writing business.
2.Network and connection
Networking plays a crucial role in each and every business. So get out of your home or office or wherever you sit and write and meet people, connect with them. Find out what they want in life? What are your dreams, hopes and aspirations? Observe their behavior and write it down in a notepad. Networking does not mean self promotion, although there is a fine line of difference between the two. Leave the self-promotion for the advertising section. Here you meet people on a personal level. The basic rule of thumb for networking is to listen. Listen to people not only with your ears but also with your heart and take note of their needs, wants and dreams. Then go back and write them down and you will be surprised how the ideas flow again.
Meet other writers and have brainstorming sessions with them. You will be surprised how many angles come up for a single idea. And there could be some new ideas too. You may be facing writer’s block, but that doesn’t mean you’re any less creative now, so get out there and have a casual chat with your fellow writers. It doesn’t matter if they are novelists, reporters, editors, or even article writers. You’ll be surprised how each of them is brimming with ideas, and you’ll agree that a stock of ideas is always a good way to beat writer’s block.
4. Edit your previous work
Since a writer is always busy writing, he does not have time to thoroughly polish the written work. Now is the time to take a close look at your past work and give it a final review before submitting it. Since proofreading is not as demanding as writing, it can be accomplished when a writer is stuck with writer’s block.
Reading and writing go hand in hand. If you don’t like to read, you can’t improve your writing skills. So read. Be a voracious reader and your mind will thank you for all the information you give it. And since a writer doesn’t have much time to read, now is the best time to take advantage of this opportunity to read that favorite book.
6. Writing Lectures
A writer in order to stay current should also attend writing conferences in or around his area. But since being a writer is a full-time job, lack of time is the main reason that keeps a writer away from such conferences, so now is the time to attend these conferences.
7. Go for a cup of coffee
Yes Do that. How long has it been since you enjoyed a good coffee and you do nothing. Go to your nearby coffee shop and people watch. It is the best exercise for a tired mind, which is the main reason for writer’s block.
8. Website update
This is the time to activate the dead links and add some new links to the website. Also, since there is a time when a writer can add some cool features to the website that will make it more user friendly and accessible to search engines.
9. Sense of accomplishment
It’s easy to just sit in front of your PC and wish writer’s block would go away. However, there are other ways to beat writer’s block, so use them and watch your writing career flourish.