14 “Insider” Tips That Will Cure You of Writer’s Block Forever

By on February 8, 2015
14 "Insider" Tips That Will Cure You of Writer's Block Foreve

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It happens to every writer. It’s inevitable. Your prose has turned to mush, you don’t have a creative bone left in your body, and you want to throw in the towel.

Writer’s block. Every writer struggles with it. But what you do with it is what really matters. Before we talk about solutions, though, let’s talk about the problem.

Common causes of writer’s block

The reasons for your block may vary, but some common ones include:

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  • Timing: It’s simply not the right time to write. Your ideas may need to stew a little longer before writing them down.
  • Fear: Many writers struggle with being afraid, with putting their ideas (and themselves) out there for everyone to see and critique. Fear is a major reason some writers never become writers.
  • Perfectionism: You want everything to be just right before you ever put pen to paper or touch a keyboard. You try to get it perfect in your head and never do, so you never begin.

So how do we vanquish this enemy?

It’s a tough question to answer, and in this post I'll cover the basics, but the true solution lies here. I’ve personally wrestled with writer’s block on many occasions, and each victory looked different.

That’s the thing about writing: it’s an art, not a science. And you’ll have to approach it as such. There is no formulaic fix, no “7 Steps to Becoming a Better Writer Now.”

Well, except one. But you already know what it is: Start hacking away. Begin trying stuff. Sometimes, the quirkier, the better. The trick is find something that works for you.

Creative solutions to writer’s block

Here are a few ideas to help you work through your creative constipation:

  • Go for a walk.
  • Eliminate distractions (I use Ommwriter to focus on just writing).
  • Do something to get your blood flowing. (I like running.)
  • Play. (My personal preference is LEGOS.)
  • Change your environment.
  • Read a book.
  • Listen to this instructional audio
  • Freewrite.
  • Listen to music (try classical or jazz to mix it up).
  • Brew some coffee (my personal favorite).
  • Create a routine. Many famous writers have daily routines to summon the Muse.
  • Spend time with someone who makes you feel good.
  • Call an old friend.
  • Brainstorm ideas in bullet points.
  • Read some inspiring quotes to get you started.
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The possibilities are endless, but movement is critical. You need to generate momentum to get out of your funk.

Once you start heading in a direction, it’s easier to pick up speed. And before you know it, your block will be a distant memory and you’ll be doing what you once thought impossible. You’ll be writing.

How to not overcome writer’s block

And just for fun, here are some anti-solutions to this problem:

  • You do not overcome writer’s block by refusing to write until you feel “inspired.”
  • You do not overcome writer’s block by wallowing in self-pity.
  • You do not overcome writer’s block by procrastinating or making excuses. (This resource helps with that)
  • You do not overcome writer’s block by watching TV.
  • You do not overcome writer’s block by reading articles on how to overcome writer’s block. (Kinda shot myself in the foot there, huh?)

The fail-proof solution

If you’re still not satisfied, you have one last resort, an ace up your sleeve. The silver bullet solution. The fail-proof way to overcome writer’s block is one you already know. In fact, you’ve been avoiding it this whole time, because it’s precisely what you don’t want to hear.

You overcome writer’s block by writing.

Start somewhere, anywhere. Write a few lines. Say anything. And see what happens. Don’t think about it too much or make any fancy announcements. Justwrite. It doesn’t need to be eloquent or presentable; it just needs to be written..

Write for the joy of writing. Because you can’t not do it. Don’t try to say or produce anything; just get some words on paper, now. No excuses or justifications.

You can write. Don’t make it harder than it has to be. Just type a few words. They don’t have to be good (all first drafts suck). It just has to be written. Then you have something to work it. You can tweak from there.

If you do this, you’ll get past the hump. I promise. The difference between professional writers and amateurs is this: Both encounter blocks, but one pushes through while the other gets paralyzed.

You can do this. Just write.

(One caveat: This technique only works if you’re truly blocked and not “empty,” which is an entirely different matter altogether.)

 

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5 Comments

  1. Lorie

    February 22, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Interaction with other writers also helps with writers block based on my experience.

  2. rita

    February 24, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    would like to receive newsletters
    i am a freelance writer who has writers block
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  3. Carol Williams

    November 20, 2015 at 12:30 am

    These tips are inspiring…I think I am quite motivated by them to write something…
    They were right about that ‘fear’ thing too..totally scared that people won’t like what I write or that my work may not be what the people in 21st Century read…After reading Divergent and Hunger Games, I tried to make a start on an adventurous, thrilling sort of novel but I dumped it somewhere along the lines…then I read Pride and Prejudice and decided to try something classical and pretty but (surprise! surprise!) I soon dropped that too. Hahaha! but now I’m pumped up and ready to try something 😀
    Carol.

  4. Ohita Afeisume

    August 20, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Thanks, Mike for this interesting post.

    Knowing that writers block is something even veteran writers experience too makes me see the similarity between writing and life itself. No one is immune to the challenges of life. However , as you rightly pointed out, “The difference between professional writers and amateurs is this:Both encounter blocks but one pushes through while the other gets paralyzed.

    I will always remember it if a block rears its ugly head. For now, I am fired up to write and to keep writing. I am determined to work hard at my craft to become a published writer. Also to earn a living from writing. God helping me, I will get there.

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