5 Remedies For Defeating Writer’s Block That Work

Dealing with writer’s block is a frustrating place to be for every blogger and writer. For a long time, I struggled with this. I’d face that blank computer screen or page but the words seemed frozen inside my mind failing to come out. Eventually, I learned to integrate these following steps when challenged with writer’s block. In this post, I offer 5 remedies that work to help free your mind to write.

Let’s get started!

1. Journal 

Years ago I developed a daily habit of journal writing. This practice changed my life personally and as a writer. Through keeping a daily journal I discovered my love for writing. This practice has a life-changing experience both personally and as a writer.

Journaling is a great way to keep writing even when you don’t want to.
You’ll clear your mind which will help you put your thoughts into perspective.
It’s encouraging to go back and read what you’ve previously written.
You will develop a consistent writing routine.

To explore into the subject of journaling further you might enjoy this post written by Bryan Hutchinson
Journaling Can Be a Life Changing Tool ( You Just Need to Know How to Take Advantage of it)

2. Write from your experiences

When writing from your own life experiences you’re writing what you know. You’ll write with a passion and a purpose. Your writing will be richer when you write about what matters to you. When you’re not interested in what you write about then it will be difficult to write about it all the time.

My friend Anne Peterson always says “Write the scary stuff. The things that you are most afraid write.

Anne was recently interviewed about self-publishing and writing. You can view the video interview here.

When we write from our experiences we write with passion and purpose. Click To Tweet

3. Write something Every Day

Making a point of writing every day is crucial to developing a consistency and sharpening your writing skills.
You’ll develop a writing habit that will help you grow as a writer. Doing this makes the act of writing more enjoyable.
You’ll progress over time into becoming good at what you do. Writing consistently is important to your growth as a writer.

Tips to help you write each day;

  • Free write: This is one of my favorite things to do. I just start writing about whatever is on my mind.
  • Read a blog post someone else wrote and comment on it.
  • As referenced in point 1: Write a journal entry.
  • Join a writing community where you can engage with other writers and bloggers. You’ll feel more encouraged by others.
    Frank McKinley founded the Tribe Builder’s Network. A Facebook group I highly recommend for all writers and bloggers seeking to get the attention your writing deserves!
  • Time Blocking; Set aside a time to write. One you can commit to. Decide how long you’ll write for and stick to that plan. Like exercise even starting small and working up.
    More important than the time spent is the consistent action of writing for a period of time. This will develop discipline and consistency.
  • Word count: Decide on a word count. Commit to writing a certain amount of words each day.
  • Write something every day even if you don’t want to. Even write about why you don’t want to. Inspiration and motivation may not always be there. Just write.

4. Read

Are you a reader? Reading is helpful for when you can’t find the words.

  • If you can’t find the right words to write then reading will feed them to you.
  • Vocabulary and spelling will improve.
  • Sentence structure and grammar skills will sharpen.

5. Let go of perfectionism

One of the problems writers and bloggers face is with perfectionism. We want our writing to read well and be interesting to others. Something I’ve discovered many of us face. The truth is we’ll never write perfectly.

Yes, it is important to create good quality content. It isn’t important to be perfect. It is impossible to please everybody. What you write about won’t benefit everyone. Sometimes you won’t publish your best work. That’s okay. Often what I’ve thought was not my best work got the most attention!

The main thing is that you keep writing and publishing your work. If you are consistent in writing and shipping it out you’ll grow over time. Your writing will get better and better. I’ve never met a successful writer or blogger who likes everything they wrote.  Most important thing is to keep writing!

Further reading;

How to Kiss Writer’s Block Goodbye Forever – In Just 10 Minutes   by Frank McKinley

Writer’s Block: 9 Things You Can Try to Cure Writer’s Block When The Words Won’t Come   by Anne Peterson

 Join the conversation.

What helps you work through those times when you’re challenged with writer’s block?
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

 

11 Comments

  1. michelle monet

    ALL Perfect suggestions Cori. Yep yep yep or…to sum it up. “JUST DO IT!!” hehe

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  2. Great post with a lot of helpful tips, Cori! My favorite point from this post is: “Inspiration and motivation may not always be there. Just write.” I hope this helps more writers put words on paper (or screen) so they can share their stories with others.

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    1. Cori-Leigh

      Thanks for your comment Maya! When I finally continued to write even when I didn’t want to…I found eventually the words would flow easier again. 😀

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  3. Pat

    Excellent article! Precise and practical. I’m better for reading it.

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    1. Cori-Leigh

      Thank you for your comment Pat. I’m happy you liked it found it useful to you. Happy writing! 😀

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  4. Cori, every one of these tips is summed up in this sentence: Write whether you want to or not. Taking action to write something – anything – creates momentum that moves you forward.

    These tips are great and I hope any writer who reads them gets unstuck fast!

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    1. Cori-Leigh

      Thanks for the comment Frank! So true about when you say the tips are summed up in the sentence about writing whether you want to or not.
      It always helps to remind my self that even if I don’t want to write… write anyways! 😀

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  5. Thanks for the mention, Cori. Yeah, the dreaded white screen. And yet, some of my best writing has often followed those times I don’t know what to write. Maybe it’s the resistance we’ve heard so much about. Not sure, but I can tell you this. I will keep fighting it, because I have something to say to the world. Actually, I have a few things.

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    1. Cori-Leigh

      Thanks for your comment Anne! Like where you say “that some of your best writing has often followed those times when you face the challenges of writer’s block”. I too have found the same to be true for me. Yes. We have to keep fighting it! When we keep writing no matter what… I’ve found eventually the words flow freely again. 😀

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      1. And when those words start flowing again, there is nothing like that. Then I just let them come out and I don’t bother trying to edit. I have to just let them bleed out. Later, there is always time to tighten up words, to get rid of the fluff, and to make sure each sentence written is easy to understand. If the flow stops anywhere, then that is where I want to tighten it up.

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        1. Cori-Leigh

          Anne, I too love it when the words flow easily again! At this point, I don’t try to edit either. Love when you say when the flow stops that’s when you tighten it up. Just write until that happens. So great! 😀

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