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Blocked writers

Part 2

“Writing about a writers block is better than not writing at all.When famous American poet Charles Bukowski said this, he was bringing to life the everyday struggle of content creators, writers, and editors that usually go unsaid and the need to get over them.

In the first part, we explored the term writer’s block. Let us now look at where it fits into the world of communication and how writers may deal with it. However inevitable, the effects and aftereffects of a writer’s block can be overcome. If you are a writer or work with them in a team, here are some handy and proven ways to help you overcome it.

If you are not a writer:

  1. If a writer or an editor tells you they are out of ideas or inspiration, the last thing you would want to do is push him/her to write and pressurise him/her by reminding of the deadlines and repercussions
  2. Offer to take a coffee break or a walk to help a take their mind off the topic for a while
  3. Talk about things out asides from work — listen to music, watch a movie, hang out with friends…anything. Sometimes the only reason for this creative block is the pressure of delivering, and nothing helps faster and better than a light conversation

If you are a writer

  1. Aimless writing is one of the most effective antidotes of a writer’s block. Writing anything, on any random topic helps restore creativity
  2. Read something interesting and not forced. Leisure reading, like leisure writing, works magic to bring you out of that ‘stuck’ feeling.
  3. Drink water, move a little, stretch — do anything that could help you leave the task at hand for some time.

So, a three-step procedure to deal with your writer’s block comprises the following: identity, acknowledge, and get over it.’ Identify your restlessness and inability to write as a writer’s block. Acknowledge that it is inevitable and you have to deal with it. Get over it using the aforementioned tricks or whatever works best to get your creative energies back on track!  Happy writing!


Ritika Sharma is English Editor at Cicero & Bernay Public Relations, an independent PR agency headquartered in Dubai offering new-age public relations consultancy to the UAE and across the MENA region. |