Top 5 Tips To Combat Writer’s Block

Writer’s block is perhaps the worst disease a writer could ever contract. Symptoms include a lack of focus, forgetfulness, the inability to produce fresh thoughts or ideas, and potential deadline-induced headaches. Writer’s block can strike at any time, whether while writing a novel, a college essay, or a grocery list. It should not be taken lightly.

Treatment

1) Don’t Panic – Breathe. Stress and fear of an unaccomplished deadline will just force you into an anxiety-ridden back and forth rocking motion. Sobbing in the fetal position is not conducive to creative outflow.

2) Leave Your Work Station – You might feel tempted to roughly tug on the ends of your hair while staring helplessly at the blinking line in the left corner of your blank page, but doing so could result in similar effects to Number One.  Walking away from your work and getting your body moving again could rejuvenate your empty mind.

3) Do Something Else – Though this advice might seem counterintuitive, reading a book, watching Youtube videos, drawing, eating a blueberry muffin, riding a pony, or playing with your Star Wars action figure set might trigger some train of thought that could lead you to the idea you’ve been looking for. But be warned, excessive amounts of Number Three could cause major bouts of procrastination.

4) Free Write: Let It Come To You – Stream of consciousness writing can often be helpful in slowing down the mind and organizing your thoughts, even if those thoughts are merely “I can’t think of anything to write right now.” Number 4 can also aid in relaxation, and, therefore, digestive health.

5) Seek Help – Have a conversation with a friend or directly ask him or her for an idea. Even if you bash every prompt thrown at you, your own thought could be spawned from the uselessness of all the other suggestions. Plus, there’s always Google.

Still suffering from severe writer’s block? Write a blog post about how to fix it.

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4 thoughts on “Top 5 Tips To Combat Writer’s Block

  1. Yes, I like number 4 especially. I like to take one of my characters and write a random scene with them, I may never use it. It usually just something goofy. Or thoroughly describe a setting – bring in elemnts of all five senses. Again, I may never use it, but it can knock loose the block. 🙂

    Jenna

    • Great idea! That would also help you practice how your character will react to different situations. That would be a great writing exercise to try, especially if you get stuck in the middle of your book.

  2. I particularly appreciate your suggestions to write something else, read, or talk through your ideas with a friend. I think what we’ve come to call “Writer’s Block” is often merely God’s way of keeping us from going where the story (or article, or poem, etc…) wants to take us. To back up and gain a different perspective is often a good idea.

    Thanks for the post.

    • Thank you! And you make an interesting point. I guess I’ve never thought about it that way. In that case, writer’s block could be a chance to look at what you’ve written and decide if it’s really what you want to put out to the world, if it accomplishes your purpose. Thanks for the insightful feedback 🙂

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