How To Get Over A Writer's Block


It happens to every writer. Yes, with me as well. 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:

  • 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. To help you through this, we created Don’t Hit Publish. It’s a free tool that tells you if your blog post is good enough to publish and also give you tips on how to improve it.

So how do we vanquish this enemy? It’s a tough question to answer, and I’m afraid I don’t have a great solution. I’ve 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 “Steps to Becoming a Better Writer Now.” 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 by reading a book.

  • Do something to get your blood flowing. (I like running.)

  • Play. (My personal preference is Sequence or Jenga.)

  • Change your environment.

  • Read a book or binge watch a TV series.

  • Freewrite.

  • Listen to music (try pop 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.

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.

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