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January 29, 2019

Finding the Perfect Spot for Writing: A Tool for Fighting a Writer’s Block

Ever since I can remember, I’ve had this strong passion for words and languages. In the past decade, there’s one grand power that’s been leading my world – the written word.

In my long-term, passionate quest to become a great writer, I’ve learned that a writer’s block happens to everyone. Where there are thoughts, there’s often a blockage.

This doesn’t really say anything about the person’s ability to write, but about their inner struggle to find the perfect way to say their mind.

Why Do Writers Struggle with Writer’s Block?

Every passionate reader out there knows the truth. It’s where the hard job of a writer lies. One thing can be said in a million ways, and each of these ways can have their own, individual effect.

Basically, the thought you have in your own mind has a life and a way of its own. There are so many ways to get it out there for others to see, but only one perfect way to get it to them as you think of it.

Now, you can only break through a writer’s block with the right kind of motivation. One that brings on productivity and creativity all at the same time, led and guided by talent and concentration.

During my struggles to fight a writer’s block, I’ve found it most effective to select the right spot of it.

There are so many things that can motivate a writer and help her focus – and environment, it’s a huge part of the equation.

Finding a Perfect Spot for Writing

Once, I came across this article that spoke highly of locations in terms of writer’s productivity. Before that moment, I’ve never thought of famous writers going to a specific location just to write. In my mind, they wrote anywhere and everywhere – they were simply that great.

After testing my own ‘motivational corners’, I’ve learned that there’s much more to a writing spot from what I thought. For example, my bed didn’t work because I was tired and sleepy all the time. The living room sofa didn’t work because I was constantly looking at the TV, even though it was off.

The brain is a marvelous thing. When you do a thing many times, it starts relating your actions and objects to each other. Just think about it. When you work in bed, your brain tells you to sleep.

My perfect spot wasn’t the café across the street as many writers prefer for work. I need and want complete silence to focus, so even the slightest sound of someone pouring coffee was making me lose focus.

The best place for me is a quiet room. One without a TV, without people making noises. Without other people breathing except for me. One without clutter, because I hate it. Nothing moving around me. A warm room that’s not too warm and has just the right lighting.

That’s my place. What’s yours?

My tip: don’t go through lists that tell you what your perfect spot is.

You’ll probably read that your perfect spot is one with minimal noise or distractions. That isn’t true for everyone. Some writers do their best work with noises in the background and simply hate working alone.

Find out how you feel about distractions, noisy places, room temperature, and even location. You might prefer working at home or at an office, at a café across the street, in your car, or surrounded by nature.

Find that spot. Once you find it, you have your best weapon against the writer’s block.



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