14 Ways to Break Writer’s Block


When your livelihood depends upon your ability to write, writer’s block is like a power outage. Your mind goes dark, and you have no idea when the lights will come back on. Here are 14 time-honored ways to break writer’s block:

  • Take a break. Overworking your brain can make it just shut down. Surf the internet. Watch your favorite TV show. Take a nap. Then, get back to work.
  • Listen to music. Music stimulates the brain, and gets the creative juices flowing again.
  • Brainstorm. Start small. Write down a random word or thought. Then, start writing down every word or phrase that comes to mind when you look at that word. This exercise can produce some solid ideas.
  • Have a snack. Sometimes you just need to eat. Make sure you’re properly fed when you sit down to write.
  • Go for a walk or jog. Exercise can release endorphins that make the brain function better. If you are stuck for words, strap on your running shoes and head outside for a quick jog or walk.
  • Pick up a book. Reading can be the best way to get into the writing mood. Reading stimulates the language part of the brain — which is exactly the part you need for writing.
  • Do something that inspires you. If you love to cook, get in the kitchen and start working. If you love to draw, break out your sketchbook. Creativity often breeds creativity.
  • Do some research. If you’re having a hard time finding a place to start or a way to move forward, research may be the key. Research the topic you are trying to write about.
  • Work on supplemental materials. Some writing projects have graphs. Some have diagrams. Some have appendices. Very few written projects are entirely standalone, so working on those supplemental materials can provide a way to continue forward motion on a project.
  • Try a schedule. Mark out a time in your day that is always reserved for writing. Train yourself to be present at a certain time and place, and your brain will start showing up, too.
  • Write something else first. Try making your grocery list, a to-do list, a journal entry about how you spent your day — something easy. It’s a good way to ease back into just putting words on a page.
  • Write somewhere new. Try a different room in your apartment, a new coffee shop, or an outdoor park. A change of scenery can do wonders for the imagination.
  • Establish a reward for yourself. Sometimes you need to treat yourself. Will you get a frozen yogurt when you finish your post? Browse your favorite shopping site? Don’t let yourself have what you want until you’ve finished your task.
  • Just start writing. One of the most common cures for writer’s block is to get something, anything down on paper. Break the block by forcing your brain to forge ahead.

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