Ten Ways to Beat Writer’s Block

Ten Ways to Beat Writer’s Block
April 4, 2017 No Comments » For Authors, Writing Advice J.K. Allen

Writer’s block. We all dread those two words. But everyone has experienced writer’s block at one point or another. So today, let’s discuss ten ways to work through writer’s block.

  • Have a writing routine in place. When you know it’s writing time, you’ll actually write when you sit down to write. Make writing a habit. Avoid the block in the first place.
  • Read and let yourself be inspired. Grab an old favorite and remind yourself what great writing is. Spark new ideas and incorporate what works into your own story.
  • Read books on craft. Learn from the masters and never stop improving your writing.
  • Free write. Set a timer for ten minutes and write as fast as you can. Even if you just write “I don’t know what to write” for five minutes, keep going. Clear your head of the clutter so the good stuff can come out.
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    Listen to music. Or listen to something new. Try instrumental music if you usually listen to something with lyrics. Or go for a certain mood for writing a romantic subplot or a fight scene by changing up your tunes. Let yourself be inspired.

  • Write out of order. Skip around or write in reverse. Use your current mood to inspire you to write a certain emotional scene. No one said you had to write in chronological order.
  • Change your location. If writing at home has become stale or distracting, try a sunny spot at the park or a corner seat at your local café. A new place may give you new inspiration.
  • Have realistic goals. Set a writing goal for the day. This gives you something to work toward and some positive reinforcement when you meet your goals. Just make sure your goals are manageable or you’re setting yourself up for failure, which can worsen your block.
  • Let yourself write badly. It’s called a rough draft for a reason. So let it be rough. You can always fix it in rewrites. But you can’t edit a blank page.
  • Write about something else. Can’t make any leeway on your WiP? Try working on that short story idea you’ve had in the back of your mind. Or write a scene you know won’t be in your novel, but works through something with your characters. Get the juices flowing.

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Most importantly, keep pushing through those blocks. If you don’t try, you won’t have a break through. What are your tips for beating writer’s block? Share below and happy writing.


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J.K. Allen Julia Allen received her BA in Creative Writing and English from Michigan State University. She did her senior thesis in poetry under the tutelage of Diane Wakoski, but has been focused primarily on fiction as of late. Common writing themes that can be found in her work address identity and the type of strength that can be found in ordinary people. Julia is currently working on a Young Adult fantasy novel and can be found at local cafes in her hometown when writing, and painting, drawing, or reading when not.

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