6 Tips for Writer’s Block | Writing Tutorial

Welcome back! I’m Hannah. Today we’re going to talk about writer’s block. So first off, writer’s block does not exist. You’re gonna have times your writing comes easy, and you’re gonna have other times where you’re gonna have to work for it, but you cannot be blocked. You can be exhausted or unmotivated or distracted or scared, for sure. And those are the problems we can fix. So these are six tips for dealing with writer’s block. First, the most important thing is not to over-criticize yourself. Write drunk edit sober. That means that they are two separate processes, so don’t try to edit while you’re writing. Just let the story come out, and then go back and edit it afterward. If you start to edit while you’re writing, you’re gonna get caught up on details and you’re gonna lose your momentum and probably not finish the piece. Tip 2 is to eliminate distractions. If you’re trying to write with people around, or the TV on, or on your lunch break while you’re also inhaling a burrito, you’re probably too distracted to actually get anything done. So close the door turn on a white noise playlist or some classical music or whatever you need to focus and concentrate on what you’re doing. Don’t try to multitask. You can try to clear your head by taking a walk or meditating or even writing something else. Sometimes you’re just overthinking things and you need to take a step back from it. Tip 3. Try to write at least a little bit every day. You can use a writing prompt app and just free write for 15 minutes. Or you can schedule a writing time for specific projects. There are different times a day where writing is easier for different people. So morning or afternoon or 3:00 a.m. I write for at least three hours a day, so I’ll spend 15 minutes on video tutorials. I spend 15 minutes on writing blogs I’ll spend half an hour on short stories or poems I’ll spend another half hour on this a writing course that I’m developing right now And then I’ll spend at least two hours on my novel. That’s three and a half hours I spend at least three and a half hours a day writing I like to chunk that time into 15-minute intervals too, so I’ll only focus on writing for 15 minutes and then I’ll get up and Walk around the house or unload the dishwasher or something clear my head for five minutes Then come back and focus for another 15 minutes And that works best for me because I have a very short attention span. So if I’m like I’m gonna sit and write for three hours I’ll die. It does become easier with routine and you’re gonna find that you’re blocked less often. Tip 4. If being overly critical is what’s holding you back and try to do a writing sprint that’s where you section off 15 or 20 minutes a time and you sit down and you set a timer and you’re not allowed to stop writing until that timer goes off. So using a pen and paper is easier for me because I type too fast and my brain is not keeping up. But you just write literally anything you think of, hopefully it’s on topic with what you’re trying to figure out, but if it’s not, cool. You just keep on writing and then you go back after and hopefully pick out the sentence or two that works out. I wrote one of my short stories in a writing sprint on the first try. I sat down and the first sentence I wrote is the first sentence of the story the last sentence I wrote was the last sentence. So sometimes just an entire piece will come out. Sometimes It’s trash. Sometimes you’ll get one or two sentences that work, but either way, you’re gonna get somewhere. You can also do this with bulleted lists where you just list out possible solutions to your problem, just kind of brainstorm it out, and eventually you can hit on the answer. Tip 5 is to take a break and write something that’s fun and easy like a journal entry or a chapter of your fanfiction. I like Clexa western AUs. If anyone’s writing that. Send that over. Writing something a little less serious might help you remember that writing is fun and get you back on track. My last tip for getting over a writing dry spell is to read, because it’s the closest you can get to writing without any of the work and it’ll get you back in the right headspace, and hopefully give you some inspiration. My favorite comment of the week was Nick, because same. And not Adam, because I’m tired of your shenanigans, Adam. Thank you to my Patreon supporters, Travis, Krystal, Andrew, John, Seth, and my dad. Had to think for a second. There’s too many of you. I’m just kidding I want there to be more. If you want to support my content, go to Patreon.com/HannieHee to take a look at some of the perks that I’m offering. Click on a little bell icon if you haven’t already to make sure that you’re getting alerts for my new tutorials every Thursday, cuz if you don’t, you might miss them, and I’d miss you. Now go write me something purdy. I wasn’t kidding about those Clexa westerns. So, please if you have to send them to me. So for this video tutorial, I’d like you to perch on the arm of whatever chair you’re sitting on and assume your favorite yoga position. I’ve been a fan of this one lately. I used to do this in every vlog because I really liked how mad people got, telling me it wasn’t my leg when it was my leg. People on the internet get really mad about weird things.

12 thoughts on “6 Tips for Writer’s Block | Writing Tutorial

  1. Great tips! I look forward to using them. Unfortunately for me, some of my greatest writing times were during massive 300+ gen-ed lecture hall classes. Now that I'm in grad school I don't have those. Smaller class sizes means less opportunities to hide goofing off, plus I actually enjoy the material I'm learning.

    Would it be crazy to just sit in random classes so I can write? Maybe I could just subconsciously get a completely new degree haha.

  2. Sorry for all the shenanigans 😜😂 Sometimes I think I'm funny, but usually I just annoy people. Anyways, you're videos are great! Keep it up! I think I've been watching you since 2012, and I have no idea how I found you, but you're fantastic and I'm glad I did! No smart comment this week, since I was reprimanded… 😉😂

  3. I always had an idea for a story using characters I loved and combining them into one. But I feel like the end result would be a copy cat character and not a unique character with familiar traits or characteristics. If a character from one story inspires you to make another how would you suggest keeping that character original and not ultimately recreating the same person? Also, do you think its a bad idea to create a character this way?

  4. Hey Hannah, do you work for NaNoWriMo?? It seems clear to me from your videos that you've at least participated in it a few times, but some of the stuff you're saying makes me wonder if you haven't volunteered with them before… ?

  5. Writer's block occurs when consciousness tries to do the work of subconsciousness. The power of consciousness is attention, not thought. The subconscious generates thought. Consciousness guides thought and the writing process in the same way a pilot controls a plane — with a pull on the rudder, in this case a mental rudder by drawing attention in the direction the writing process needs to go. Put your fingers on the keyboard, or your pencil to the paper, and write whatever pops into your mind. Once the subconscious motor sputters to life, guide it by drawing attention in the direction you want to go. Delete the sputtering later.

  6. "Write drunk; edit sober" is some earth shaking wordsmithing. But then again, people on the internet get really mad about weird things.

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