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5 Creative Cures for Writer’s Block

It’s stressful when the words don’t come, when you’re sitting at your desk staring at the blinking cursor or the barren page. Minutes feel like hours. Hours feel like days.

Deadlines loom, and you’re still stuck and staring. A kind of dread begins building in your stomach and travels to your throat, and then peaks between your temples. It’s reminiscent of firecrackers exploding.

“Writer’s block, or any creative block, is really about fear,” according to Miranda Hersey, a writer, editor and creativity coach. The fear of not knowing where to start or we’re headed. The fear that we’re not good enough.

Blocks are tough. They can feel big and intimidating and impossible. But where there’s a block, there’s also a way out. Here are five ways to break through writer’s block.

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5 Creative Cures for Writer’s Block

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  1. Hi Margarita,
    I’ve struggled with writer’s block for a long time and by far the best piece of advice for me is your last point. As a perfectionist, if my posts don’t go well from the first line, I cannot go further, so “giving myself permission to write badly” is a gem of a piece of advice.
    Thank you and wishing you all the best.
    Sandy Naiman (author of “Coming Out Crazy”)

  2. I once had a severe case of writer’s block. I cured myself by using a timer and setting it at one minute on the first day and adding one more minute each day. At the end of two weeks I was up to fourteen minutes.

  3. Thank you for this. With my cognitive problems I suffer from a lot of writer’s block, especially when heavy confusion sets in and I can’t even spell or form sentances correctly. It crushes my mood to write and sometimes I won’t write anything for months on end.

    These tips will help me building my confidance.

  4. Thanks so much!! Writing is very stressful, and this helped a lot! Also eating healthy foods, and exercise helps. Weird but true.
    Thanks again!

  5. I’m a 15 year old writer (I’ve written the first book in a series that I’m struggling to publish) and when I hit a writer’s block I can’t get through I even go so far as to delete the entire book. Thank you for the tips, my friends get really upset if I delete something I’ve started reading to them!

    • You delete and entire book to get rid of writers’ block? Let’s call that the ‘chopping block’ method. I am a fan.

  6. I love to write– all the time! I’ve looked on lots of different sites to try to cure writer block, and this one was most helpful, I think. What works also, is similar to another posted comment. Set a 3 minute timer and write. Don’t stop writing, no editing, just write, even if it’s garbage. Go through after the time and edit out what isn’t useful. Whala!

  7. Brilliant post. I agree that writing is the best way to cure Writer’s Block. It’s the only thing that works for me. I just put my head down and write until I stop thinking about it and the words just flow naturally!

    I wrote a similar post of Writer’s Block tips and tricks over on my blog

  8. It took a while for me to realize that a first draft is just that. I stopped re-reading and editing as I wrote and believe I’m better for that. Sometimes, ideas won’t appear. The muse falls asleep. At those times, creative writing prompts can help.

  9. I haven’t really found a way to directly cure my writer’s block.. But what I do when I’m stuck is I leave the story and work on another one (most likely one I was blocked on previously) and work on that until I get blocked and alternate between stories. Basically I just leave a story alone for a while. Take a break then come back to it after a while. Re-read and re-write and continue from there!

  10. I don’t believe in writer’s block. I think that if people stopped believing in it then they would stop experiencing it.
    Writing is all about a state of mind. If you keep thinking it needs to be perfect on the first try, or if you suck, or whatever then yes, you’re going to cripple yourself and not write a word. That’s not “blocking” anything. It’s simply beating yourself up.
    People need to realize that doing anything we consider fun should be that: FUN. It’s amazing how the writer’s block goes away (permanently) when you remember that you’re writing because you love it and that it’s fun.
    And yes, permanently. I’ve been writing for three solid years without being “blocked.” Why? Because it’s fun and I’m writing for me. No one else. Me. If someone happens to like it: awesome. If not: meh. It’s my writing, my passion, my love, not theirs. No stress, no block. Simple.

  11. Thank you for these great tips. I’m going to check out the books that you refer to as well. A really helpful post.

  12. I am only a young girl, but I have a very sophisticated writing system. I advise my fellow writers to listen to music that tells a story. Reread what you have written so far and go on and on about one simple description. Once you have finished move on to another item to describe! I hope I have helped you.

  13. Look I am writing a love poem for my boyfriend and this did not work what should I do

  14. I think these points are really good! I’m writing a report on a teacher at my school that is allowed to be slightly dramatized (to make it interesting) and I am so frustrated with what I’ve spat out so far, but I know I have to let myself acknowledge that it’s a rough draft, not a final draft. (*cue heavy breathing*)

  15. I listen to music. Lay down. plug in some earphones, or let it flow through speakers. Think of what you want to write. Sooner or later, youll find yourself thinking about parts in your story. Although this might need some work ahead, it is a great way to think of ideas.



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