It’s the bane of any writer’s existence… But I want to let you in on a little secret.
It doesn’t actually exist.
It’s honestly just a symptom of a deeper sickness.
If you’re experiencing Writer’s Block, chances are you’ve let yourself believe one of two things:
- Your story idea is garbage OR
- Your writing isn’t good enough.
Both of these ideas are bullshit.
You’re feeding the beast which is your precious, fragile ego and you need to stop.
So, how do you move on from this mode of thinking? You write yourself out of it, of course!
Easier said than done, I know.
However, today is your lucky day because I’ve produced the ultimate guide to help you out and get you back to doing what we all do best…
So, without further ado, here it is:
28 Ultimate Ways to Banish Writer’s Block
- Read a Book in your story’s genre. You should be doing this anyway, but perhaps picking up a new book in the genre of your story will give you the pick me up you need to get those creative juices flowing again.
- Read a book in a genre you’ve never read before. Or, you could pick a horse of a different color entirely. Sometimes being too immersed in your chosen genre can have the opposite effect on your creative process. Delve into a genre you don’t read often or maybe some historical non-fiction to recharge your batteries
- Reread a favorite book. Maybe you just need a familiar space. You know, the place where everybody knows your name? There’s absolutely nothing wrong with reading an old favorite. Chances are you will pick up on something you don’t remember from the last read through.
- Listen to new music. I’m a big believer in the power of music for pretty much anything. A new album might be just what the doctor ordered to get you writing again.
- Listen to old favorites. Maybe you’re stuck on getting into the mindset of the next scene? Find a song or artist that you feel resonates with where your character is at in the story.
- Take a walk. Maybe some silence and fresh air will do the trick. And if it doesn’t, at least you got some exercise.
- Take a picture. Spend 5 minutes writing a description of your surroundings. Give yourself permission to write badly. Be free, my writerling.
- Wash the dishes. Agatha Christie said that the best time to plan a novel is while doing the dishes. Seeing as she published 80+ novels, I’d say she must be on to something.
- Take a long bath. Relax. Mull things over. Maybe you’ll figure out how to defeat the second Triwizard Tournament task, too.
- Drink. Have a glass of wine or the whole bottle. Maybe you’ll finish the novel afterward. Maybe you’ll watch cat fails on Youtube. Either way is kind of a win, right? Having some bubbly or whatever your drink of choice, it will lower your inhibitions which might just be the ticket to making the alphabet your bitch.
- Watch a new show. Pay attention to the pacing of action versus dialog to move the story forward.
- Watch a favorite movie. Pay particular attention to how they segue one scene into the next.
- Paint. Or Color. Release your mind.
- Cook a new recipe. Don’t lie, how many recipes do you have saved on Pinterest that you haven’t tried? Personally, this is my go-to remedy for writer’s block that I’ve had the most success with. Sometimes, it’s even better if the recipe turns out terrible.
- Eat Cake. Pretty sure cake fixes everything And if that doesn’t fix it, at least your eating cake so life can’t be too terrible.
- Workout. Sweat it out and get angry. Punch something. Whatever it is that you people who work out actually do. I personally prefer eating.
- Change up your writing surroundings. Variety is the spice of life, so mix it up! Stagnation might be the problem. Move to another room, the porch, grab a notebook instead of your laptop.
- Organize a closet. I don’t know why this works, but it does. Also, I have a lot of half-organized closets. But who cares? You’re writing!
- Rearrange your bookshelf. If you have kids like me, bookshelves never stay Bookstagram worthy. Spruce it up. Who cares if it’ll be destroyed tomorrow.
- Attempt a home project you’ve been avoiding.
- Have an impromptu dance party. I like to do these in between word sprints. 90’s Jock Jam favorites FTW.
- Take a nap. Whoever said sleep doesn’t fix your problems isn’t a writer. It worked really well for JK Rowling, so why not you?
- Play with a child. Get on their level. Try to picture yourselves in their shoes.
- Catch up with a friend. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a conversation with someone and they’re telling me about something in their life and that lightbulb of “OMG this would be perfect for ____. You don’t mind if I steal that for a story, do you?” Writers. We steal things.
- Writing Prompt. Find a writing prompt and go with it! Seriously, there are millions out there. Just don’t over think it.
- Write in your journal. Maybe you have a lot on your plate right now. Bills, kids, etc. It’s easy to get bogged down and compartmentalize your writing as something that’s selfish, or another thing to feel guilty about because it’s taking time away from something else that needs your Adult attention. But you’re a writer. And for you, writing is self-care. It’s important to take time to time to nurture that side of you, even if you can only spare 10 minutes. You can find 10 minutes if it’s important to you.
- Let go of expectations. Allow yourself to write garbage. After all, the real magic happens in revisions and edits. Banish your ego that’s holding you back.
- Start a daily writing habit. For some people, carving away 15 minutes a day at a certain time is essential to making progress with their writing projects.
All in all, training yourself to find inspiration everywhere is key to writing longevity.
Now if we could only remember to write all of our shiny ideas down when they appear to us.
Wouldn’t that be something?
What about you?
What is one of your go-to remedies for writer’s block?
Let’s chat in the comments!