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.

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

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 “7 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 (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.)

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

197 thoughts on “How to Overcome Writer’s Block: 14 Tricks That Work

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

  2. 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 😉

  3. 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.

    1. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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:

    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.

  6. 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.


  7. 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.

  8. 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! 😉

      1. 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.

  9. 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.

    1. 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.)

  10. 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. 🙂

  11. 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.


    1. 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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  13. “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?

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. 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!

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

  23. 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

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

  25. 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.’

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

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

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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?

  32. 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.

  33. 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:
    Please-please-please visit there.

  34. 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!

  35. 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.

  36. 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, 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,

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

  37. I find this very helpful! I tried watching a movie once to try to ignite my creative juices but after awhile, my brain was drained and I just couldn’t focus. Reading other books help with it and yes, I’m very inspired to write the rest of my book. I just found it difficult for me because of all the distractions around me. After reading this, I can simply use these tips in the nearest future. Thanks for the blog, goodnight!

  38. Hi Jeff! I was raving about the book “Daily Rituals” recently and so I wonder, since you read it too, why your list of ideas doesn’t include chocolate, buzz and drugs? 😉

  39. I have also discovered that when I consume sugar, I get a little high. When this happens, I grab my Ideas notebook and release the sugar through any ideas I might have. I let it sit for a day (and don’t consume any more sugar!), then I return and use the ideas for a book/story I’m working on or I am inspired to create a new one.

  40. Just write different. I had a scene where these characters were trying to escape this shithole slum but I was practically stuck there, myself. SO I just decided to change the plot to suit my mood and now I’m 50 pages past there.

  41. I have a brain disorder and can’t travel or exercise outside, so I run on a treadmill, I’m unemployed and therefore have no one to chat with, but I was inspired by watching a movie and it gave me my voice which I have lost for twenty years.

  42. Great post, Jeff. I’ve been studying the creative process for several years, and I noticed that there aren’t many tools that allow you to go beyond your own mental associations. We created as a space to share and navigate mental associations from people from different cultures and professional backgrounds, and we think it’s very helpful to, among other things, overcome writer’s block. But it’s a tool for ideation, really. I’d love it if you give it a try and share your thoughts with us.

  43. Thank u so much Jeff Goins for this article… I’ve been experiencing writer’s block for a while now after few weeks of starting a new book and just reading this article has shot inspiration into me…I’ll just go ahead and Write!

  44. Great Post Jeff, the only problem is that i’m a fifth grader in the corner of a hallway, in school, I don’t consider myself adept at story-telling or writing in general, so it isn’t really a writer’s block because i’m not a writer, more of just a difficulty with writing. Nevertheless, I will continue to write on this computer, hope that something pops up in my head, and if something does, then I’ll owe you one Jeff, thanks.

  45. Hey Jeff . I read ur tricks on overcoming writers block and liked it very much. But the problem with me is dat I am overflowing with ideas and my vocabulary is awesome but I just cant start writing my book. I am very confused. And even after having started writing dat 1st page multiple times I am not satisfied. I cant find a common thread between my mind and my pen. When I look at wat I have written it looks like a kindergarten student has written a plain bland assignment of paragraph writing inspite of having sum thing awesome in mind.please help

  46. I suppose I am one of those envied or hated by people who get writer’s block because I don’t. So I tried to work out why I don’t and this is what I discovered. I immerse myself in the story. Sounds simple enough but what does it mean? It means I always have the narrative in my mind. I go shopping, see some interaction between two people and store it away for use, I see an old man scratch at his beard and think, ‘that’s how X character would do it’, and if I think of something that doesn’t fit with where the story is currently at I start a new chapter called Chapter XXX and just start writing. It’s amazing how easy it is to write when you have the beginnings of a chapter in front of you even if it is only a page long. Having said that ‘I immerse myself’, I should explain that I work, have a family and a very active non-writing life so if I didn’t always have the narrative in mind I wouldn’t get anything written, Perhaps that’s the answer…I don’t have the luxury of having writer’s block…so write even when you don’t have time to; maybe the pressure makes the difference Happy scribbling.

  47. my mind is too crowded i cant sit down and focus on the story i want to write and how i want it to go down. Also yes i strive to be perfect to have the way the story turns out, epic and nothign extraordinary is coming to mind (this was my few lines to say anything)

  48. Well-written article. I was googling on overcoming writers block and kickstarting the stalling novel. My first book is with an agent, and I am a published poets, too, with another collection coming this year. I started my next book (though there are a couple of abandoned chapters of other books already). This has a strand of true event in my life that touched me but what I used as a prompt is a probaboe future of what happened. Something that I imagined to happen after that incident that touched me. I am stuck now after three chapters. It has been outlined more but something holds me back everytime I take the page. I want to write all that is in my mind but the words feel too heavy to get out of my head. I have many ways that I can jumpstart it, but I keep stalling. In uncertainty. In what I cannot explain. Another thing is that the heroine is travelling to a place I haven’t been to. I haven’t been to anywhere except a few places around my native (Kerala, India). Ironically amd coincidentally, I follow you on twitter, see your place. And stop to gape. Nashville, TN. Exactly where my heroine is right now. I had to say it. 😀 I know little about that place. And to research I don’t know where to start. Guess that is what is stopping me to further write. That I feel I have yet to flesh out the setting. What can we do about writing a place that we can’t visit as of now? My first novel was set in a place I haven’t been to, too. But since it was a particular instituion, a medical college, I got a graduate from there to tell me about the place and stuff who was very helpful. But Tennessee is so far away.. .

  49. Hi and thanks for this enlightening blog on writer’s block. It has opened my mind a bit and helped me to start writing my writer’s problem out. I have written little bits and pieces of chapters but the problem is that they are plots or things I want to happen in the future. Then I am stuck again with a whole new set of drafts and another load of writer’s block to figure out. Sometimes I even get little perks of ideas by changing what I do and quickly write them but then I forget. I might even try to think the idea out through my head…like I am not supposed to do. In the end it takes me a couple of weeks or maybe a month to get over it but then I am flowing with ideas and have many chapters planned out and posted. 🙂

  50. Hi, Jeff.
    I’ve found your site searching for help with a problem I’m facing and I liked a lot of what you say (English is not my native language, so sorry for any mistakes).
    My problem is not exactly block, I guess, but a temporary (I hope, at least) inability to finish works.
    I have finished long works before. A 200-page novel and 5 or 6 short stories ranging from 50 to 80 pages. But in the last 4 years or so, I haven’t finished anything longer than 10 pages. Right now, I’m stuck at page 165 of what is, IMO, a great work, but I don’t seem to move forward.
    I feel lazy and uninspired when I get in front of the computer to write.
    I even had a great impulse to drop that story and jump head first into a new, exciting, idea I’ve had, but I have seen this happen more than thrice in the last years: dropping a story because I’m not excited about it anymore and go chasing another one, which I also don’t finish.
    I feel like I just can’t allow myself to have another unfinished work at some dusty corner of my HD.
    Do you have any thoughts on that?
    Do you think it is ok to keep fighting for this one or maybe should I dive into something else.
    Thanks a lot,
    Jorge – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  51. I came here because I need to know how to overcome my writer’s block until I read the part that mentioned reading about how to overcome the writer’s block will not help in overcoming my writer’s block. haha.

  52. Thanks for that Jeff. So the answer, unless you empty rather than blocked, is to just write… So, the question for me then is what if I am empty ??? While I try to figure that out I shall write…

  53. Yes…. and isn’t it a pity to had to slap me in the face with goddamn pop up boxes that have to be seen to before I can do what I came here to do? Which is READ what you had to say.

    Here’s what I don’t get.
    Why folk like you don’t save those boxes for when a person is LEAVING THE SITE?
    Instead of ramming them full board full face at us … BEFORE… we know if want what you’re offering.

    Jeece – there’s ANOTHER bloody!

  54. What helped me was knowing what was stopping me from writing, which was my need to try to make every sentence perfect.

  55. I was trying to write an essay when I saw my enemy. Writer’s Block stood in my path. Then I read this article, decided that you were right about how reading the article would not help stop writer’s block, so I proceeded to lock myself in my room and eat Ice Cream!!!!!! Problem Solved

  56. Thanks for the tips. I used to wait until I am inspired to write. I want somebody to check my writing. who can check my writing (online) ???

    1. check my flow of the story, my writing and etc. is there any sites where I can submit a story and it gives me feedback??.

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  58. Reading a book is the best way to overcome block by showing you how other writers transition from one idea to another.

  59. Not helping, lol. I came to this because I’m almost done with my book for Wattpad, but writer’s block gets in the way and I just can’t seem to get anything right. I’m the kind of person who needs my writing to be perfect, so when it comes to my book, it has to be perfect. I don’t need no grammar mistakes, everything has to be perfect and makes sense. good thing i’ve wrote a lot of chapters so if I procrastinate, that won’t affect my readers on wattpad, ha!

    1. LaraSwift, there were many spelling errors on your comment. Hopefully you don’t screw up as much when you’re writing your book

      1. Dude, you are mean. You should be nicer! What if someone said that to you how would you feel? Huh? Think about it and be nicer to people

    2. Oh, then I supposed that you should learn how to perfect that comment of yours because there’s a lot of mistakes.

  60. This is a great article. I am a blogger who often experience writer’s block. There are times that it’s affecting me because I think I’m not being a productive writer and it sucks big time. Thanks for sharing this!

  61. I agree, great article & book – you should also check out – they set you off with a sentence from which you write & submit your version of Chapter 1, the chapter with the most public votes gets published on the site and everyone then has a go at writing Chapter 2 (which obviously has to follow on from the winning Chapter 1) – it’s a great way to inspire your thoughts to get rid of writer’s block. It’s an interesting new concept and I can’t wait to see how the story evolves and it’s gaining A LOT of interest.

  62. Great tips. I know exercise and in such, a change of environment, can be a huge help for me. Mostly because it distracts from the tunnel vision that leads to writer’s block (that it turn, leads to frustration and even worse block). Taking a break and allowing myself to indulge in distractions re-stimulates my creativity and makes writing again feel like a hobby that I look forward to, rather than a chore that I dread. Thanks for sharing, I think it’s great to have a number of different tactics!

  63. Great post, thank you Jeff. Writers who are always waiting for their “muse” or some inspiration are doomed to starve. Just go out there and write, it doesn’t need to be “perfect”.

  64. Beautiful and uplifting Sunday read. Thanks Jeff! I like the term “creative constipation.” It aptly summarizes that brief stop-over that doesn’t seem like it will end anytime soon. Well, will get back to some work. Regards.

    1. Great help! What really works for me is to expand my characters, put them in different situations, find small quirks that have no place in my book, but still build the character.

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