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5 tips to combat writer's block

1. SHAKE IT UP. Staring at a computer screen watching a cursor blink rarely provokes inspiration. Get up from the desk, go for a walk, look around, talk to a friend, engage with the world. Inspiration comes from what we know, feel and experience. So shake up the monotony.


2. CLOSE YOUR EYES. The thoughts that flood our inner landscape can be unpredictable and evocative. If external inspiration doesn't provide, let the mind drift without distraction and find that maybe the solution was inside all along.


3. PRETEND YOU'RE SPEAKING OUT LOUD. Enabling creativity whilst utilising muscle memory to type is asking your brain to double-task. Stop the typing. Start talking (out loud or in your head) and you'll find the flow of words comes more naturally than trying to type and compose at the same time. Then get your thoughts down on paper.


4. SLEEP ON IT. The time-honoured saying exists for a reason. Your subconscious is programmed to dwell on the problems offered to it by your frontal cortex. That's why we dream. But there's a strange place between consciousness and sleep where brilliant sparks of inspiration ignite.


5. PUT IT AWAY. We all know the feeling of reading over our work so many times we've lost the ability for objective analysis. Take a few hours, a day or a week. When you come back, you’ll be applying a fresh set of eyes and thoughts.


We've all been there.


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