There are many strategies available for overcoming writer’s block, ranging from avoiding distraction to developing consistent routines and workflows. Not all of these work for every person, but some results are promising. In addition to these approaches, many other effective strategies – including those relying on the use of text paraphrasing and rewriting services – can be leveraged to beat writer’s block. Several of these novel strategies are described and compared to traditional approaches in this blog article.
Understanding what “rewriting services” are for is key when learning about how such services can be used against writer’s block. The purpose of a rewriting service, also termed a “paraphrasing service”, is to take a piece of text – such as a sentence, paragraph, chapter, or book – and to rewrite it using (1) the same meaning, and (2) different words/structure. Students, academics, and marketers, among others, find paraphrasing services useful when they need to generate high-quality content based on already-existing text.
Image: Rewriting parts of documents can help to overcome writer’s block
A traditional approach to overcoming writer’s block involves avoiding distractions. This approach is based on the theory that, for the individual who is suffering from writer’s block, they are likely to be distracted by their surroundings. It is often recommended, therefore, to remove distractions from the individual’s work environment, thereby safeguarding them from these factors. One example of this would involve removing smartphones, computers, or other distractors from the working environment, hoping this might cure the writer’s block. In contrast to the traditional approach, by instead including rewriting activities in the person’s work environment (e.g., short rewriting and paraphrasing tasks, including excerpts from imaginative fictional works), this may help to maintain their attention.
For a fiction writer, an exciting, fantasy-focused activity based around a rewriting task could be stimulating and, therefore, helpful in battling against writer’s block. Rewriting would also feed meaningfully into the traditional activities of brainstorming and “free-writing” as modalities for overcoming writer’s block. A virtuous cycle can emerge when a writer, suffering from writer’s block, begins rewriting a passage of fiction, creates a brainstorm, and uses that as a later foundation. For assistance in learning about how to rewrite pieces of text effectively, interacting with providers of a professional proofreading service may be worthwhile.
Image: Reading, paraphrasing, and mind-mapping based on a fantasy novel
It is well-known that writer’s block, especially for book authors, can be overcome when the writer moves onto a different part of the book. For example, if a fiction author has been moving linearly through their planned plot for a book, but they are up against an obstacle they cannot reach past in the story, jumping to a different place – earlier or later – and either brainstorming about that, or rewriting other material from related books, can ease the writer’s block. It is always important to remember, however, that taking a break when you need to, including a large sip of cold water, is one of the most reliable ways to ease writer’s block, and so this should be your first port of call.