Things To Do When You Have Writer’s Block

Writer’s block. Yuck.

What a horrible phrase, for a horrible phenomenon. It sounds like it should be a physical condition — something (or someone) is literally blocking you from committing words to a page — but in actuality it’s a mental condition, which is a far trickier foe to best.

It can happen to anyone at anytime, and there’s not one tried-and-true method for getting rid of it. While this may seem terrifying, it’s also slightly reassuring. All of us writers are united by our fight against writer’s block, and we all have our particular ways of breaking free.

Here are just a few:

-Write something else for a while.

-Get away from your computer/mobile device/whatever it is that you use to write with.

-Read a book — see how someone else did it.

-Watch a movie. Or binge-watch a TV show. Or subscribe to a YouTube series (may I suggest vlogbrothers?).

-Draw a picture.

-Map it out — I haven’t tried this myself but I’ve heard story maps (or really any kind of map) can help you organize your ideas in a much less daunting way.

-Grocery shop/order takeout.

-Cook. Bake. Heat something up in the microwave (preferably food-related — I don’t want to hear about anyone using this blog as an excuse to blow up a lightbulb or tin foil).

-Drink. Not excessively — Hemingway and all those other types have already been there and done that. Beer on the other hand is supposed to stimulate creativity.

-Do something active (I personally like running).

-Talk it out — with friends. Family. You significant other. Your cat. Your dog. Your imaginary pet goldfish. Etc.

-Scribble. Not write — scribble.


-Start over.

-Smash it with a hammer (you can take that as figurative or literal) and just keep on writing.

P.S. — And if all else fails, you can always turn your thoughts into a listicle (like this one).

Noelle is an email copywriter (yes, that is a thing) and occasional freelance writer. When she’s not typing or running, she can be found eating, sleeping, quoting a movie, or curled up in an easy chair with her nose stuck in a book. Sometimes she tweets too.

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