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25 Awesome Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block

Every writer, as some point or the other, faces creative blockage or end of innovation. Nothing new worth penning down comes to mind and that can be quite frustrating. Instead of feeling bad or overwhelmed by that, think of ways to overcome it.

Here we suggest some practical and easily implementable tips.

# Turn of distractions – Unplug the internet, put the cell phone on silent, switch off the TV – this will help you focus.

# Keep a small notebook with you, always. You never know when a bright idea strikes you. Notebook will help you quickly make a note of it and build on it later on.

# Listen to music – music has a calming effect on your mind.

# Prepare a writing schedule and stick to it – Even if nothing comes to mind initially, eventually the mind will get tuned to the schedule and writing will not be difficult. Lot of successful writers have stick to the schedule of ‘500 words every morning’ and that has worked brilliantly for them

# Exercise – Go for walk, go jogging or hit the trade mill. Exercising is good for getting the blood flowing through the brain and gets the creative juices flowing.

# Rest and relax – Sometimes the brain gets tired of thinking and just needs rest to be able to recharge itself.

# Do something other than writing – It could be something creative which takes your mind away from writing like gardening, painting or sculpting.

# Create an outline and write main points – it’s easier to fill in the blanks rather than starting from scratch.

# Eat healthy – a balanced diet with proteins, antioxidants rich food, fresh fruits and vegetables gives the much required nourishment to you.

# Don’t focus on ‘perfect’ first draft – just pen down your ideas and thoughts. You always have time to revise and improvise it later on. Don’t edit your work till you finish it.

# Warm up yourself with freewriting – take a piece of paper and write down everything that comes to your mind about your topic. This will get your mind thinking

# Brainstorm or just talk to your friends and discuss your creative ideas and dilemmas.

# Use prompts and start writing. Many times random words and sentences can give ideas for great stories. Sometimes reading inspiring quotes can be a good start too.

# Read something old which you have written – published or unpublished. It can give you the needed creative boost and confidence convincing you that ‘you can write’.

# Set up deadlines and stick to them. Having a fixed schedule with deadlines always helps in avoiding procrastination.

# Many times, the writer’s block is because of some other deep rooted reasons. Try and identify the reasons and work towards resolving those issues. This will help you reconnect with your creativity.

# Take short breaks from time to time and do some other activities to rejuvenate yourself.

# Change your surroundings. Change in environment can spark new ideas and topics.

# Do you know that colors can trigger your mood? Try writing with a pen in different color!

# Get some fresh air and light – stare away from your notebook/ computer.

# You don’t have to complete your story in a sequence. Try writing as per your mood. Try matching your feelings and emotions like happiness, anxiety, love or despair with one of the characters in your story.

# Avoid noise distractions – go in a room where you can have silence, put the phone on silent mode, avoid loud music. If you like, use earplugs to help you concentrate better.

# Read good books and regularly revisit your favorite portions of the books.

# Don’t compare yourself with other writers – you are unique.

# Join a writing group or be in a company of other writers. With the Internet, it has become very easy to join other writers online. Take inspirations from each other, discuss ideas and grow your skills and confidence.

Tips for Writing Travelogue

Travelogue, like any other piece of writing, is an art. A good travelogue is a good piece of writing which is enjoyed by the readers as well as offers valuable guidance.
Tumbhi offers some practical tips for writing a good travelogue.

#1 : Define the Objective:
You need to spend a good amount of quality time in writing a good article. As a first step, define the objective of your blog. Do you want to educate the readers, just narrate your experience or present your research – the objective needs to be very clear and the whole writing needs to follow that objective.

#2: Make it Special
Nobody is interested in reading the well known facts about any place. You can make your travelogue worth reading by including some special things like unknown facts about the place, some different spellings or pronunciation of names. Include some exclusive research about the place. Give some information about cultural background or history. If you have got a chance to visit some nice restaurant and try a special dish, do mention about it – what you liked, what you did not like. And of course include the pictures of all such experiences. People love reading personalized experiences.

#3: Glimpse of Region:
If you can, include interviews of the local people, include their pictures. That will add some special flavor to your blog travelogue.

#4: Include Pictures:

A picture is worth thousand words and true to this saying, a good travelogue is absolutely incomplete without the pictures of the travel destination. There is no way the readers will get the feel of the place unless you include pictures. If possible, include video clips.


#5: Give it  a tone and story:
Don’t write your travelogue like a research paper. Make it personalized. Add a story to it. Add some tone to it. Don’t start with the basic facts. Start with something which will interest the reader. Give your personal recommendations, do’s and don’ts. That will add YOUR flavor to it.

If you have interesting travel stories to share, participate in Tumbhi’s Somewhere Sometime Contest for free and get an opportunity to get published in an eBook and also win exciting prize. More information at: http://writing.tumbhi.com/somewhere-sometime-travelogue-short-story-contest