If you are facing a writing deadline at work, and you just can’t find the words to put down on paper, consider these off-the-wall ideas to power through:
- Talk to an imaginary friend. In an office setting, you might risk looking a little crazy. Talking through your ideas out loud, however, can often spark your creativity.
- Change the way you write. If you are on a PC, switch to paper. If you are using Word, use Google docs. Change the size or color of your font. A new look or format can make your writing feel interesting again.
- Dump ideas. For 25 minutes, write everything that comes to mind. Don’t worry about structure or flow, and don’t edit. Take a five minute break, and then start again. Once you have dumped all your ideas, use 25-minute blocks to revise and polish.
- Complete a routine task. Clean your desk, make photocopies or some other quick to-do that doesn’t use brain power.
- Skip the introduction. People often become stuck trying to craft the perfect opening lines. Move straight to the meat of your content, and write the introduction later.
— Adapted from “27 Wacky Ways to Beat Writer’s Block,” Henneke Duistermaat, Boost Blog Traffic.