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How to Overcome Writer’s Block: 14 Tricks That Work

Writing about a writer’s block is better than not writing at all.
–Charles Bukowski

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

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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.

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 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.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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. (Tweet)

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. Just write. 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.)

If you need some help getting started with a daily writing habit, I encourage you to join my 31-day writing challenge. It’s free! Click here to get started.

How do you overcome writer’s block? Share in the comments.

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  • Ben Girdler

    this is what i needed. have have felt “blocked” for several months now. i need to just write, something, anything.

  • http://jeffgoins.myadventures.org Jeff Goins

    i agree, ben. just go for it. you’ll get re-inspired. why not start and see what comes out?

  • http://jeffgoins.myadventures.org Jeff Goins

    Thanks.

  • http://www.ArialBurnz.com Gina Henderson

    I stumbled upon your blog and I believe I can help eliminate Writer’s Block!

    Writer’s block is when our conscious mind – that critical and analytical part of our brain – gets in the way of our subconscious mind – the creative and free-flowing part of our brain that speaks in images and symbols. After all, the subconscious is where our stories are birthed.

    I have step-by-step instruction on how to unlock the subconscious on my blog and eliminate writer’s block. I hope it helps for anyone who runs into writer’s block.

    Happy writing, everyone!!

    That’s my two pence…
    Arial ;)

    • http://jeffgoins.myadventures.org Jeff Goins

      Thanks, Gina.

  • http://adammclane.com adam mclane

    For me, writers block tends to come when I’m stressed by deadlines. I do agree that writers block is sometimes overcome just by writing. And taking time off isn’t really the solution, especially if you get paid to write. (‘cos the rent is still due!)

    I deal with it a few ways.
    1. I write about something fun. Whatever comes easy. Just get something done… even if it isn’t getting published.
    2. Try to maintain my writing routine. When I miss that I tend to be less productive.
    3. I write a lot when I’m in the zone. I’ve noticed that I get excited about a project when I pitch it, but when the deadline comes for it I tend to no remember why I was so excited. So now I make writing a big chunk of it a prerequisite for myself submitting an idea. That way… I just have to go in and finish my thoughts, edit, etc and not start over!

    Other than that, the normal stuff works for me. Change of venue. Taking walks. Eliminating distractions. Yada yada yada.

    • Jeff Goins

      Love that, Adam. It goes along with Anne Lamott’s thoughts on writer’s block being creative “emptiness” (not simply a “block”). If that’s true, then going somewhere or doing something that fills us up is a necessity.

  • http://eileenknowles.blogspot.com eileen

    When I finally started writing again a couple years ago (fear and perfectionism held me back for years) I came across this post. When I saw the title to the blog post, I thought it would give me the secret to becoming a better writer. The short cut. Haha. I now have the 10 simple rules to becoming a better writer taped to my desk. http://www.copyblogger.com/become-a-better-writer/

    • http://goinswriter.com Jeff Goins

      great post! i loved that. thanks for sharing, eileen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joebunting27 Joe Bunting

    This is really good. All the good tips are there.

    Once, I had writer’s block so bad I lay down on the floor of my apartment / office and starting saying out loud, “I hate this. I hate this book. I want to quit. I never want to write again. How do I make that happen?”

    Later that night, over beer and wings, I told my friends my story, and as I was talking about it I realized what I was feeling. “I didn’t want to write again because I didn’t ever want to feel as stupid as I did in that moment.”

    The best advice about writer’s block I’ve ever heard doesn’t come from a writer but a Jungian therapist in Hollywood who charges his oscar winning clients over $300 an hour for his services.

    The article is from the New Yorker and it’s free:

    http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/03/21/110321fa_fact_goodyear

    He says writer’s block comes from an inability to live with your shadow, the dark side of yourself you hide away in the corner.

    My shadow is a 9 year old boy who is the biggest dork you’ve ever met. He wears short red shorts and pink t-shirts and is completely oblivious to “the rules,” those guidelines of normal human relationship. People think he’s a stupid wimp.

    But I love him. Or, I’m trying to learn to love him. Not just because I can’t write without him, but because he’s really me.

    • http://goinswriter.com Jeff Goins

      GREAT comment, Joe. Thanks for sharing. I like that dork, too…

      • http://www.facebook.com/joebunting27 Joe Bunting

        Thanks Jeff. Yeah, he’s a cute little squirt.

        • http://goinswriter.com Jeff Goins

          hah!

  • http://katieax.blogspot.com Katie Axelson

    One thing I’ve found is that unproductivity yields productivity. That is to say doing something totally unrelated to writing often leads to writing. I like to cut the grass because I can ponder whatever I’m working on without the pressure of staring at the blinding blank paper. Unless I’m freewriting, I don’t get the paper out until I have a few sentences or a nearly-complete thought because it’s stifling to stare at it.

    Katie

    • http://goinswriter.com Jeff Goins

      I agree. The lack of productivity is (sometimes) just a creative stewing.

  • http://beingministry.com Paul

    I steal this from Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way. Take yourself on a date. Do it alone and do whatever you want. My preference leans towards gardens and hiking.

    • http://goinswriter.com Jeff Goins

      I just started reading that book, Paul. SO good.

    • http://eileenknowles.blogspot.com eileen

      I love that book. I also liked her book The Right To Write. Good stuff!

      • http://goinswriter.com Jeff Goins

        I’m definitely interested in her other works.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joebunting27 Joe Bunting

      I agree Paul. She’s awesome.

  • http://movethemountains.blogspot.com Chad Jones

    Sometimes when I’m not “feeling it,” I will cannibalize comments I’ve left on other blogs, and turn them into posts. This has worked on numerous occasions. I find also that I can’t write first thing in the morning, but need to wait until about mid-morning for things to gel (and the coffee to kick in!). This makes for long bathroom visits at work, but hey! at least the muse is visiting! ;-)

    • http://goinswriter.com Jeff Goins

      nice! i like the pragmatism of that, Chad. way to use your “byproduct.”

      • http://movethemountains.blogspot.com Chad Jones

        For me at least it gets the gears rolling again. When I respond to a
        post that seems to come from a different part of my brain than when
        I’m composing a post of my own.

        If I could point to a similar example in the professional world, I’d
        say look no farther than Brandon Sanderson, who’s got to be one of the
        hardest working writers around today (he’s finishing Robert Jordan’s
        Wheel of Time). Anyway, Sanderson composes new works in the morning,
        and does edits on another at night–saying each exercises a different
        area of his brain.

        • http://goinswriter.com Jeff Goins

          very cool, chad.

  • http://www.gritandglory.com/ Alece

    i’ve been intrigued by ommwriter forever now. i need to give that thing a try.

    and your ending distinction between being blocked and being empty is HUGE.

    • http://goinswriter.com Jeff Goins

      you’ll love it. i’ve had friends who were skeptical about it become instant believers. it’s pretty magical. no joke. (I was one of the skeptics.)

  • http://taminprogress.com tam

    so, very, helpful!

    i’m gonna check out omm right now.

    thanks, jeff.

    • http://goinswriter.com Jeff Goins

      thanks, tam!

  • MandyThompson

    I LOVE me some Ommwriter!!! And bravo for writing a “How NOT to Overcome” list! That’s just as important as the “How-To” list. Oh man I’m a fan of this blog. :)

    • http://goinswriter.com Jeff Goins

      thanks, mandy

  • http://louisebroadbentfiction.wordpress.com/ Louise Broadbent

    True, dat.

    • http://goinswriter.com Jeff Goins

      thanks, louise.

  • http://bryan-hills.blogspot.com bryankhill

    These are some great ideas here. I love the “anti solutions” section…

    • http://goinswriter.com Jeff Goins

      thanks, bryan.

  • http://twitter.com/PeterPaluska Peter Paluska

    I’m still not sure Writer’s Block exists. I think it’s a myth, like Santa Claus and the Lemony Snicket.. oh wait, they’re real? But I did enjoy reading this article, Jeff. Good ideas to break through the down moments. They sure do happen.
    Here’s one: what do writer’s who live on the same street do when they can’t write? Have a writer’s block party!
    Haha! Thanks as always, Jeff.

    Peter

    • http://goinswriter.com Jeff Goins

      Thanks Peter.

  • http://twitter.com/JohnYates John Yates

    Not sure the source of this quote but I’ve heard it from several people “No one likes writing, but everyone likes having written”

    • http://goinswriter.com Jeff Goins

      Amen

    • http://simon.weston.over-blog.net Simon

      Writing has to be a passion, but more importantly when you start and end each day in prayer, God always blesses you with fresh ideas, motivation and creativity!

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    “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?)” 
    Can you overcome writer’s block by looking for a mentor to help kick one’s ass into gear?

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Sure. As long as that includes some writing, too. ;)

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  • Sigh…

    I so needed to hear this! Was unable to get anything done, blamed my multiple sclerosis which was stupid. Started writing yesterday, like you said, just write. Today looked up writer’s block online and found your website (again) the best of all for writers. Thanks again!

  • Rajani Arya

    Mr. Jeff, You are the Best. I read many articles and blogs but everytime i come here, i feel so connected and inspired. Thank u so so much for sharing your words, your knowledge with us. Love you. God bless.

  • jbird669

    Jeff, thank you for the articles and great advice! I would love to see an article for what to do when an idea starts germinating while you’re working on another story. This happens to me quite a bit!

  • http://www.Marketing4Traffic.com/ Devani Anjali Alderson

    Awesome list! … I’ve written about writers block twice LOL. I think it’s something that a lot of artists struggle with and make the problem bigger than it is.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Agreed.

  • bradblackman

    Good stuff. The caveat is you can’t allow this stuff to become a crutch.

    My problem is I get so many ideas I don’t know which one to start with.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      I agree. The important part of the piece is this: writer’s block is beaten by writing.

      • bradblackman

        Absolutely. It’s the “Just Do It” mentality. Get out of your own way and start doing.

        • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

          Yep. :)

  • http://www.creeksideministries.blogspot.com/ Linda@Creekside

    I’ll just start writing about not having a thing to say. And lo and behold, something substantial never fails to emerge …

  • Kene

    I’m guilty of procrastination when it comes to writing. I’m also guilty of just getting into it when I have to. I do find that creating a short bullet point outline helps me create a structure. I enjoy writing with classical music especially pieces written for stringed instruments. Don’t know why.

  • Janelle Keith

    How? I choose to not give into fear. Boom! I arm wrestle my identity to the death and just keep my head lifted in my little corner of the writers world and practice what I know. It’s not just what do, its who I am. Giving myself the gift of yes with my calling. About time this lug head said it. Great post, always hitting my heart spot on!

  • http://www.eileenknowles.com Eileen

    Wait a second…you didn’t repost this because you have writer’s block did you? ;) I really like that you point out that there’s a difference between being blocked and being empty. Very true. Thanks.

  • http://www.connectinteractivellc.com Norma Maxwell

    Perfectionism was a huge hindrance…slowly getting better and learning to just write anyway :) Another great post with welcome solutions to a problem anyone with a blog can relate to well–thanks for the encouragement and insight, Jeff!

  • George McNeese

    Fear and perfectionism are my biggest hinderences. I find reading helps and just writing to get ideas out.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Ditto.

  • http://www.toddkmarsha.com/ Todd K Marsha

    I rarely lack an idea. I lack the gumption to stop whatever unproductive thing I’m doing and grab the laptop.

  • Logan Mathis

    How do you feel about one of the causes for writer’s block is poor planning? The reason I ask is I know there are some people who can sit down and jus write while others such as myself must plan it all out. I feel if I don’t plan, I will eventually run into a block from either writing myself into a corner, not knowing what else to say, not planning correctly and realize a plot hole, or just running out of creative juices.
    Perfectionism isn’t a problem for me thanks to Hemingway saying “the first draft of anything is shit.” haha

  • Katrina Cureton

    I sometimes get my dictionary out, and I just start reading words to see what pops into my mind.

  • MDelletDotCom

    I keep a long list of writing prompts on my desktop for particularly difficult days, and I set minimum goals for time and word count each day. I also keep in mind this advice from C. J. Cherryh — ‘It is perfectly okay to write garbage–as long as you edit brilliantly.’

  • http://johnpatrickweiss.com John Patrick Weiss

    A jog with my dog, good cup of coffee and then I grab my fountain pen and journal and start scribbling. Eventually, words flow. You just got to write your way through it!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Amen, John. Amen.

  • http://www.annepeterson.com/ Anne Peterson

    I free write even if the only thing that comes out the tips of my fingers is,” I don’t know what to write, I don’t know what to write.” You see, the other words are stuck inside and once you get the other words out the doorway is clear and they will come out. I have written some of my best writing following those free writing sessions. It’s just the way it is. At least for me.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      I do the same, Anne. I love this!

  • http://www.joanhallwrites.com/ Joan Hall

    Great post, Jeff. Fear and perfectionism are two of my biggest enemies when it comes to writing.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Mine too, Joan. :/

  • http://www.mudpiewriting.com/ Marcy Mason McKay

    You’ve definitely covered all the Do’s and Don’ts for writer’s block, Jeff. The only addition I’d make that I do sometimes: “Help someone else.” Getting outside myself: serving a meal a soup kitchen, helping a friend pack for a move, just listen to a buddy in need — it helps to un-block me and get the creative juices flowing again.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      I like that.

  • venkatesh i khajjidoni

    Good post Jeff.you explained solutions for writer’s block and solutions for not solving writer’s block.Thank you.

  • http://www.kingdomthinking.org/ Keith Spanberger

    This is a great post Jeff. The beauty behind what I am learning here from you is helping me but also helping me help others. Thanks – Keith

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Thanks, Keith!

  • http://turningmemories.com/ Denis Ledoux

    Great post to which I would like to add a distinction to one point about fear. From my own memoir-writing experience and from witnessing the creation experience of memoir writers I have coached, I have found it useful to work with a subcategory of fear as a writing block. Many of us have been silenced by the FEAR OF INSIGNIFICANCE.

    It’s a close fear to mediocrity but clearly different. Fear of mediocrity is perhaps about the writing itself—style, vocabulary, organization. The writer is afraid of not being a good writer. Fear of insignificance is about the content of the writing. When a writer is afraid of insignificance, s/he is afraid of having nothing to say—or at least of having nothing significant to say. This writer is afraid of being insignificant as a person—makes insignificance as a writer pale!

    While I believe strongly that we all have a story that is worth telling and writing, we are not all able (yet) to write a story that will captivate another reader. (I will not even try to tackle the issue of audience—of writing with one’s audience in mind as not all readers are part of our potential audience.) So, the fear of insignificance is realistically based in the possibility of an insignificant vision and articulation.

    To cut to the chase, I would say a writer’s solution to a fear of insignificance lies in going beyond the mechanics of writing and focusing big time on her/his theme. Sometimes a writer begins writing with theme in mind and sometimes it takes a whole lot of writing to arrive at one’s theme.

    It’s possible, of course, to find a theme that is insignificant also, a cliché: “Life is hard,” “Work hard if you want to win,” “Love conquers all.” Ultimately, I would say—for myself at least—that all theme worth writing about can only be found in our version of the hero’s journey. (How to find the hero’s journey? There are many ways, but one has to do with those tasks in life which you simply had to do—want to or not— that having done them leaves you with a sense of the rightness of the task. [I realize this is a cursory exposition.])

    Once the writer connects with his/her hero’s journey, then the story becomes much bigger. The desire to undertake and fulfill our own individual hero’s journeys is perhaps what unites all of us, writing and reading a well articulated hero’s journey can be exciting—no matter how small the exterior actions prove to be. This sort of writing—especially in the memoir—can much more easily capture the reader’s attention and circumvent the real possibilities of insignificance.

  • http://www.joshspilker.com Josh Spilker

    Just wrote a post on writer’s block, including 1 that kinda / sorta feels like cheating http://joshspilker.com/9-tips-to-beat-writers-block-including-1-that-feels-like-cheating/

  • http://storieswithoutborder.com/ Hope Nwosu

    I overcome writers block by just writing or taking time off the keyboards.
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    http://storieswithoutborder.com/

  • http://hawkersmag.com Franssss

    One way I overcome writer’s block is by outlining. Knowing where you’re headed helps a lot, even if it’s just a vague bullet point on your plot outline. Every little bit helps.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Oh, yes. Good one!

    • http://Acropof.com David O’Regan

      True, getting lost can be one of greatest enemies.

  • http://obafemifawibe.com Obafemi Fawibe

    Wonderful ideas Jeff, this is really needed. Being wondering if i was empty or blocked. gradually working over it thugh.

  • http://www.liveitforward.com/ Kent Julian

    Love how you included tips on how to get over writer’s block as well as how not to get over it. Nice!

    Okay, I’m off to watch TV to see if I can get motivated. Is that a bad idea?

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Hah! Not at all! ;)

  • http://www.movedbypurpose.net/ Stephanie O’Brien

    Writing, I think, is the best solution, because when you’re writing, you have their all your emotions, including your senses. It is a mixed emotions that will give peace to your heart at the end of the story or blog that you write.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Agreed. Thanks for the comment, Stephanie!

  • Eddie Paley

    I found that classic music, especially Beethoven or Yanni, inspiring me a lot. I used it to write my first post, in the blog I’ve opened up just this week: eddiepaley.wordpress.com
    Please-please-please visit there.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Love this. I can’t do lyrics. Has to be instrumental. Totally agree, Eddie!

  • http://www.probloggingsuccess.com/ Jane

    That’s plain simple tip that WORKS. Just write. Works great for me. I personally found that watching TV is a great disaster (I’ve tried to overcome writer’s block by watching TV – I convinced myself that I was relaxing so ideas could flow) – I ended up paralyzed, totally unable to write for the next few hours!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Amen, Jane. What works is writing. Simply but not easy. Thanks for sharing!

  • dory’s day

    kill social media: works wonders, if one can!

  • lynnefavreau

    Great timing, we were discussing this a pre-writing meet for NaNoWriMo. Number one for me is just write-doesn’t matter what-just get a flow going. I liken it to exercising your muscles. You don’t just expect your body to perform things you haven’t practiced, and when you’ve fallen out of the practice you just have to start back up and rebuild your stamina. Get in there, write anything, build up to the real work you want to be producing and soon you will have the muscle memory. It won’t be as hard to get back into into the shape you need to be in to write productively, your brain will know what you expect it to do, and get there much more quickly when you make writing a habit.

  • http://Acropof.com David O’Regan

    So much is written about writer’s block, it’s a wonder anyone gets any writing done at all!

    The idea of powering through, as Alex Myers puts it, https://www.goodreads.com/questions/170639-how-do-you-deal-with-writer-s-block it can work but if all that comes out is clunk then the result will be even more demoralising.

    Watching TV, now there’s an interesting one. Just watched the latest episode BBC’s Detectorists, excellent low key writing that demonstrates the power of space. That said, TV employs tools that are not at our disposal, the use of music is pivotal to this story’s pace and the imagery is absurdly drab.

    I must disagree, in part, with reading anti-block advice. Joining in the conversation is focused free-writing (exactly what I’m doing now) and can help the juices flow again.

    What Alex does touch on is confidence, if you are not buying it, it won’t work. I found a little trick that includes a few of your points above in one, Jeff. Give it a try and let me know, http://www.acropof.com/2014/10/writers-block-are-you-buying-it.html

    I’m going for a run then to untangle the TV cables maybe tackle some ironing…