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Tips to Combat Writer's Block

Updated: Apr 11

Writer's block. The dreaded blank page. A huge problem for all writers.


But is it?


Some writers suffer from it tremendously, to the point that it's crippling and can stop the creative process in its tracks. Others seem completely unaffected by it. If you are one of those authors struggling with it, what can you do?

  1. Get away from your desk.

  2. Take a long, meditative walk.

  3. Come back to you desk, refreshed and determined.

  4. Indulge in some sort of ritual to signal a new start (light a candle, grab a cup of coffee, etc.).

  5. Don't write. Instead, reread what you wrote last. It may be a chapter, or just a few paragraphs, but it'll help you get back into the flow of the story.

  6. Breathe.

  7. Set a timer for five minutes.

  8. Write whatever pops into your head - no pressure or judgement. Just write.

  9. After the five minutes are up, do you know where you're going now?

  10. Keep writing!

If you're still struggling however, here are some additional ideas:

  1. Call a friend and rattle off your story to them. Chances are, you'll find your solution simply by talking about it. If not, maybe your friend can help. Worse case, they can at least commiserate.

  2. Write from the villain's perspective. The bad guy might give you a hint about what should happen next.

  3. Meditate using a guided meditation for writers, like those created by Dr. Madhu Bazaz Wangu (https://www.madhubazazwangu.com/publications1/meditations-for-mindful-writers-i-ii-iii-cds/ )

  4. Read "Writing Inspiration Through Mindful Walking," by Dr. Kathleen Shoop, Lori M. Jones, and Dr. Madhu Bazaz Wangu to help get you out of your slump. https://www.amazon.com/Writing-Inspiration-Through-Mindful-Walking-ebook/dp/B097Z26SJK/

  5. Contact us for a consultation, and we'll help you brainstorm your way through any problem.

Good luck! And happy writing!

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