How To Beat Writers Block: 10 Tips

Got Writer's Block? Have You Hit a Wall in Your Writing? Check out these 10 Tips to help you Break Through the Wall!

If you have hit a wall in your writing there are some ways to break through the bricks and keep writing. Check out this article to learn how to never get writer's block again!
If you have hit a wall in your writing there are some ways to break through the bricks and keep writing. Check out this article to learn how to never get writer's block again! | Source

Do You Suffer From Writer's Block Sometimes?

Let's face it... Many if not Most Writers Face that Horrible Plague called "Writer's Block" from time to time.

Many Hubbers have to deal with this problem from once in a while. It is Part of the Writing Process and should be viewed as an Opportunity, rather than a Problem!


Writer's Block is normal, and with these 10 Useful Tips to help get you out of this funk, you will be writing again in no time!

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Tip 1: Go For a Long Walk or Drive

This may sound silly but if you take a long walk or long drive you will open yourself up to two things:

  1. Clearing Your Mind
  2. You May Be Inspired in a Different Environment

Allowing your mind to clear in a different environment can help you to come up with new ideas. I suggest you take a pen and a notebook as you never know when inspiration strikes! When you go for a walk on a nice day, your brain responds as well as your senses.

Chemicals begin to flow throughout the body as you see beauty. If you happen across something negative, that can inspire writing as well! You have nothing to loose! Climb a tree, wade in the water, jump in a puddle! Make a mud pie, have a snowball fight!

I like to walk along the sea shore and take day hikes in the woods. I always bring my camera because you never know what types of wildlife you might see! Make sure you do these activities safely. Here are some things to consider when going on an adventure:

  • Let someone know when and where you are going and what time you plan on returning. If you get lost they can get help fast. This is especially important if you are going alone!
  • Bring a cell phone that is fully charged.
  • Do your research before going. Consider bringing a map of the area you wish to explore.
  • Bring a mini first aid kit in case you get cuts along the way.
  • Bring water to drink.
  • Dress for the weather! Be sure to look at the weather forecast and dress appropriately!
  • Bring a flashlight.
  • Consider bringing a back pack to carry all your items so your hands can be free.
  • Be sensible: don't pack everything but pack enough snacks and water and clothing should something happen to you or you get lost.
  • Think like a Boy Scout: Be Prepared!


Don't Be Lazy!

Don't Be Lazy! Avoid Writer's Block with these 10 useful tips!
Don't Be Lazy! Avoid Writer's Block with these 10 useful tips! | Source

Tip 2: Take a Nap!

Taking a nap might sound lazy to some, but even a 20 minute nap can leave you feeling refreshed and you may even come up with fresh ideas for your next project.

If you dream, make sure to write them down as soon as you wake up. Your dreams may become your next inspiration! Many great stories have come from people's dreams. Don't be afraid to use your imagination!


Read Other Author's Work

Reading other people's work can give you a whole new direction on what you are writing about. Sometimes other people can turn us on to something new. Never copy another writer's work!
Reading other people's work can give you a whole new direction on what you are writing about. Sometimes other people can turn us on to something new. Never copy another writer's work! | Source

Tip 3: Read Someone Else's Work

I am in no way suggesting that you copy other people's ideas and I would Never support plagiarism. Reading other people's work, however, may give you some ideas of your own.

You may see points of interest within an article that you could elaborate on or maybe you have a different view than the author and would like to express your own opinion or experiences. Maybe you have a completely different opinion and would love to write an "argument" for your side of the debate.

Reading local and national news can also help with thinking of new things to write. Maybe there is a charity that is worth praising in your area? Maybe you concerned with politics or civil unrest in another country?

Taking a trip to the library puts you in a different environment and there are so many different things to read and research. Just to try something different, go get a book that you would never normally read and flip through the pages. Inspiration is lying somewhere in that fortress of books!

More Ideas for Overcoming Writer's Block!

Tip 4: Take A (Cold) Shower

Taking a cold shower can stimulate the body and mind.

It will force you to stop thinking about anything else except for the fact that you are cold!

When you get out and warm up, ideas may rush into your head and will be ready to put down on paper.


Get Refreshed

Taking a quick cold shower can trigger your body to start reacting. Chemical reactions occur and you may experience energy and creativity.
Taking a quick cold shower can trigger your body to start reacting. Chemical reactions occur and you may experience energy and creativity. | Source

Get Outside Today

Get Outside! It will help you if you have writer's block! Fresh Air = Fresh Ideas!
Get Outside! It will help you if you have writer's block! Fresh Air = Fresh Ideas! | Source

Tip 5: Go On a Day Trip!

Just pack your lunch and pick a random place to go! Make sure to bring a pen and pad of paper along with your camera. Need suggestions?

  • Go to the Beach
  • Sit at a Bus Stop or Train Station and "People Watch" (Just don't be creepy!)
  • Visit a Grave Yard and Read some of the Head Stones
  • Walk Down a Train Track (IF it is SAFE to do so!!!)
  • Go to the Mall
  • Have a Picnic
  • Stroll through the Woods
  • Go on a Bike Ride
  • Fly a Kite
  • Go Rollerblading
  • Take out that old Instrument from your closet and Play a Tune!
  • Do Crossword Puzzles
  • Build something out of Toothpicks or Popsicle Sticks
  • Watch a Movie with No Volume On
  • Go to a Carnival or Festival


Always Bring Your Camera With You!

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Tip 6: Go To Church!

Going to a Church or Temple can inspire you in many ways. If you are the religious type, you can go and ask for inspiration from a Higher Power.

If you are not the religious type, that's OK too! Go check out all the statues and art work in a classic church and you may find some inspiration hiding in the pews!

Find an old Cathedral and if you can get permission take some photos of the art that you see. Follow the stations of the cross and look at the stained glass windows. There is much inspiration in these old church buildings and they tend to be very ornate!



Remember Those Old Photos...

Looking through old photographs can be fun and rewarding. Looking at all those memories will cause you to become inspired to write!
Looking through old photographs can be fun and rewarding. Looking at all those memories will cause you to become inspired to write! | Source

Tip 7: Look At Old Photos

OK, this one might sound a bit weird but as you are looking at the old photos you may become inspired to write about an experience you had in the past.

Maybe your favorite relative like a grandparent has since passed away. What better way to immortalize them than to write an article on one of your favorite experiences with them.

How about those old photos of you in high school? Did you really wear that outfit to school? Maybe you could gather some of the wackiest photos of your super style and put together an article that will make people laugh and relate.

Being a child in the 1980's, I could put together quite a photo gallery of what I wore and especially the styles of my older sisters!

Old Photos Can Inspire Writing About Happy Times!

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That time we went to the zoo and saw a crazy looking goat!A beautiful tree that you climbed when you were a child.Watching fast river currents...A tree that was so beautiful you wished it was in your yard...Waterfalls are full of energy...Beautiful trees that only bloom for a short time period...More farm animals...My own Private Castle...S'mores Please!That black bear that visited our campsite...Working on a Farm...You give me the Butterflies! More beautiful trees...they seem to be everywhere! Wish I could surf!You never know what you find on a beach. Always carry your camera! Remember the time we went fishing...Let's dress up for Halloween! Oh boy. Please turn me over...This can happen anytime, anywhere. Visit a Shrine
That time we went to the zoo and saw a crazy looking goat!
That time we went to the zoo and saw a crazy looking goat! | Source
A beautiful tree that you climbed when you were a child.
A beautiful tree that you climbed when you were a child. | Source
Watching fast river currents...
Watching fast river currents... | Source
A tree that was so beautiful you wished it was in your yard...
A tree that was so beautiful you wished it was in your yard... | Source
Waterfalls are full of energy...
Waterfalls are full of energy... | Source
Beautiful trees that only bloom for a short time period...
Beautiful trees that only bloom for a short time period... | Source
More farm animals...
More farm animals... | Source
My own Private Castle...
My own Private Castle... | Source
S'mores Please!
S'mores Please! | Source
That black bear that visited our campsite...
That black bear that visited our campsite... | Source
Working on a Farm...
Working on a Farm... | Source
You give me the Butterflies!
You give me the Butterflies! | Source
More beautiful trees...they seem to be everywhere!
More beautiful trees...they seem to be everywhere! | Source
Wish I could surf!
Wish I could surf! | Source
You never know what you find on a beach. Always carry your camera!
You never know what you find on a beach. Always carry your camera! | Source
Remember the time we went fishing...
Remember the time we went fishing... | Source
Let's dress up for Halloween!
Let's dress up for Halloween! | Source
Oh boy. Please turn me over...
Oh boy. Please turn me over... | Source
This can happen anytime, anywhere.
This can happen anytime, anywhere. | Source
Visit a Shrine
Visit a Shrine | Source

Go To A Public Place and Get Ideas from the People Around You.

People are very different. Seek them out and you might have something worth writing about!
People are very different. Seek them out and you might have something worth writing about! | Source

8: Brainstorming

This is nothing new but brainstorming can produce a lot of ideas when you have writers block. You can do it alone but it is even more fun when you do it with friends or family!

Here's what you do:

  • Sit down with a pen and paper and clear your mind of all your thoughts.
  • Set a timer for 3 minutes.
  • Write down Everything that pops into your head, no matter how silly it is
  • After the timer goes off, review what you wrote down and you should have plenty of new ideas for topics to write!

Brainstorming can be a quick fix when you have no ideas on what to write. If you are able to do it in a group, you can expand the brainstorming to a second round by switching papers with your friend and then brainstorming off of their original results. After a few rounds of this you will have hundreds of random words and topics that can inspire you to write!

9: Exercising, Meditation and Yoga

Having a Healthy Mind and Body will certainly keep your creative juices flowing. Take some time out to do a workout. Try meditating in silence or with comforting music in the background. Practicing the art of Yoga can also help your mind to stay in shape.

Studies have shown that people who maintain a healthy lifestyle by exercising and doing a variety of alternative practices such as yoga and meditation, often are more alert, creative and productive. Getting enough sleep is just as important as nothing in the body will function well when it is fatigued.

Taking a Nap Everyday Can Help Get Your Writing Juices Flowing

Taking a nap for 20-60 minutes a day is a great way to rejuvenate your mind and body.
Taking a nap for 20-60 minutes a day is a great way to rejuvenate your mind and body. | Source

10: Take a Break for Goodness Sake!

I find that a lot of the times that I am experiencing writer's block is because I am spending too much time in the same environment. Although it's not always possible to actually go away on a vacation, you could take some time away and avoid logging onto your computer for a few days.

I have done this and I know it is hard especially if you are like me and need to read your comments and see what your friends are up to on HubPages and Facebook. The reality is though, that everything will be there when you get back! So take a few days or a weekend off and go do what you have been putting off! Whether it be yardwork, visiting a sick or old relative or just catching up with friends and family. Go out and create new experiences. When you get back to writing you will feel refreshed and productive once again!

I hope that these tips will help you to get out of the "Writer's Block" rut. Remember, we all go through it and there are things we can do to help us get our creativity back. So don't worry, sit back and think about the things discussed in this article. Maybe one of these ideas can help you!

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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

Look at you go JS! I am always hit with writer's block so I appreciate all the ideas for overcoming it. I am one of those people who gets hit with a writing idea every 2 months :)


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India

Wonderful suggestions!

Taking a nap is my favourite stress reliever

When I was in college, my class mates used to tease me that I get wisdom in sleep because I could discuss the study topics with clarity after a nap.

Thanks for SHARING


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Ardie: Hello! I too get the block from time to time. Another great tip that I should have included is going to the "Answers" section of HubPages and finding questions we can answer in Hub form! I hope this will be useful for you the next time you suffer from Writer's Block! Thanks for the comment and support!

JSMatthew~


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@thumbi7: Hello! Taking a nap is so good for your mind and body. Being in a state of deep rest rejuvenates the body and mind for alertness and function. Did you know that most American Presidents take a nap every day? Thanks for stopping by and for SHARING!

JSMatthew~


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

These are great suggestions. I find that reading hubs helps me a great deal, as does walking away and doing something completely different. And I'm all for napping!


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hello Millionaire Tips! I can relate to your comment! Thanks for stopping by!

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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas

You have lots of great ideas here, JS. I will have to bookmark this one for the future... just in case I find myself speech. I would have a hard time giving my computer up though


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molometer 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire, England

Great advice as alway JS. I have the opposite problem. I cannot get the stuff written down quick enough. I feel sometimes that I am holding back a flood. I need to find a new way of writing 10 hubs at once. Any suggestions lol


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thanks homesteadbound! Some of these like going away can be very difficult. One thing I have learned is that many successful people take time off from work and don't even glimpse at it or answer the phone! I know it can be hard but it is worth the reward in the end! Thanks for stopping by!

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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@molometer: Thank you! I sometimes can't stop the creative juices from flowing either. I am either overwhelmed with ideas or I have none! What I find helpful is keeping a notebook where you can write down all your ideas as you get them. That way you don't forget and you can later organize the ideas to write future Hubs. Another thing you may want to do is buy Voice Dictation Software and you can just talk until you run out of things to say! (That will be my Hub #6 for the Challenge and Contest so keep your eyes out in a few days!) You could also carry around a Digital Voice Recorder and record your thoughts as you experience them. I literally have notes scattered all over my desk! I appreciate your insightful comment! Thank you!

JSMatthew~


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Dawn Conklin 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA

Great tips! I need to remember to bring a pen and paper with me more often. Great ideas come to me at various times, not usually when I am home in front of the computer. By the time I get home, I forget many times.

Voted up and useful :)


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flashmakeit 4 years ago from usa

Thank you for sharing J.S. because I am having a writer block. I should always bring a camera with and try looking at some of my old photos that may help.

Vote up


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KimberlyLake 4 years ago from California

Excellent tips, taking a walk is a tip. Thanks. Voted up and awesome


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Dawn Conklin: Hello! I always notice that when I forget to bring a pen and notebook with me are the times I need it most! I just keep paper and a pen in my car so I always have something to write on! I appreciate your comment and for voting up!

JSMatthew~


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@flashmakeit: Thank you for stopping by! Try some of these tips for writer's block and let me know what works best for you. Looking at old photos is a really fun thing to do. You can spend hours laughing and crying at all the fun and funny times we had in our life. Thank you for another wonderful comment!

JSMatthew~


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@KimberlyLake: I find taking a walk-even a short one-can open the mind to new ideas. Thanks for commenting and voting!

JSMatthew~


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

I think you have made some great suggestions that not only will help with writer's block but many are good for your health. Voted up.


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Paradise7 4 years ago from Upstate New York

I've been having sort of a major writer's block for months and months now, except for the odd hub here and there. I'll take your advice, and report back to you! Anything except for the cold shower!


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hello Paradise7! I hope that you find these tips helpful! I look forward to you returning and letting me know which of these tips helps you the most! Thanks for stopping by! Good luck breaking the block!

JSMatthew~


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Pamela99: I didn't realize the health benefits to some of these suggestions until you pointed it out! Thank you! I appreciate your comment and vote!

JSMatthew~


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dilipchandra12 4 years ago from India

Very good hub and very good notable advises. I will follow them. Well written, nice hub Matthew. Voted UP


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

A brilliant list of suggestions, several here have worked for me in the past.

Good advice to clear writer's block and to make you feel better in yourself.

Voting up across the board, except funny.

Thank you, best wishes Lesley


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Good deal J.S. I know when you're doing the 30/30 it gets challenging. I have six to go and I've been looking to the Questions for ideas. All of your suggestions are useful and helpful. Love the photos too!

Voted up.


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@dilipchandra12: Hi there! I appreciate you reading, commenting and voting up! Thanks for stopping by!

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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Movie Master: Hello Lesley! I am pleased to hear that several of these methods have already worked for you! I appreciate all your votes and for your comment! Thank you!

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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@tillsontitan: Hello! This being my first 30/30 I am a little nervous! My worst fear is that I won't finish! I don't want to just crank out Hubs I want to write good ones! It can be stressful! I still have 24 to go and I am getting behind! No worries though, I'll just keep on writing! Thanks for the vote and comment!

JSMatthew~


Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

I don't believe in Writer's Block, and I certainly don't suffer from it. Your #6 is the answer. I don't go to church, but do I ask God for help. It is the last thing I do before I go to sleep. So, I can say that I am rewarded with all kinds of thoughts and ideas. The only think I need to do is sit down and write. Voted up for #6.


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hello Arlene! That's awesome that you never suffer from writer's block! It doesn't happen to me all that often but once in a while I find myself staring at a blank page with no ideas. That's usually when I get up and walk away for awhile. I am happy that saying a prayer keeps your creativity flowing! Thanks for stopping by and for voting up!

JSMatthew~


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Laura in Denver 4 years ago from Aurora

Thanks for the tips! I'll skip the cold showers, however!

IMHO, if you are blocked, find something entirely new to do. Many libraries give free classes, and other free or inexpensive stuff is in almost any area for the typically starving writer.

If you journal regularly, you can go back to previous interesting times.


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hello there Laura in Denver! I don't care for cold showers either but they work as a last resort! You have added some great tips here! There is always something interesting going on at the local library. Historical Societies are great to visit too, particularly when you are on vacation or in an area you are not familiar with. I used to journal often but I just don't have the time between work, home life and HubPages. I do miss writing in a journal though. I have even published some of my entries on HubPages although they don't get a lot of reads! Thanks for stopping by and leaving an insightful comment!

JSMatthew~


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Great ideas JS!!! Brainstorming is my favorite. I love to brainstorm. The problem is I have many many lists of ideas from brainstorming and many of them do not go farther than that. And I love your idea of looking at old photos! Great hub!


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hello Sharyn's Slant! I like to brainstorm too! I always keep a pen and paper handy just in case! I have quite the collection of "dead" notes myself. Who knows, maybe someday we can breathe life into them! I love to look at old photos. My mother has a big box full and every so many years we go through it and we laugh (and sometimes cry) at all the memories we have together! Thanks for stopping by! It is great to hear from you!

JSMatthew~


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FirstStepsFitness 4 years ago

Excellent hub ,most of your suggestions would assist students too.Thank you for sharing.


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hello FirstStepsFitness! I would have never considered using this for students! Thanks for stopping by and for commenting!

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livingabroad 4 years ago from Wales, UK

Hi J.S. Matthew,

I agree with most of your tips here, very insightful! Personally, I have found that running early in the morning focusses my mind for the day ahead.

I'm currently waiting for my new job to start so have time to think and write at the moment. After a jog a 7am I found myself at the computer at 8am, this continued until 8pm with a few routine stops in between! How productive is that?! Will keep your tips in mind.

Thanks for answering my question on how to keep motivated to write. Up, useful and sharing. Great.


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hello livingabroad! Personally, I dislike running! But it sounds like it really works for you. Everyone has there own rituals to keep them going. Glad you found one that works for you! You're welcome for answering your question. I like to answer questions! I appreciate your comment and for the follow. I am now following you!

JSMatthew~


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4fathers 4 years ago from The tiniest state in the union.

Voted UP and AWESOME.

Loved it, you have many useful ideas. I'll be trying them all.

You made me realize why my son has been popping out the books lately. His latest title is "After Katahdin" by Chris Miller.

He's a hiker and presently walking from Vermont to Rhode Island; lots of thinking time and lots of inspiration.

Thank you so much for linking my Hub. Great goat pic.


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4fathers 4 years ago from The tiniest state in the union.

And Thanks for sharing.


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thanks 4fathers! I appreciate the vote, comment and for sharing. Sometimes when we get writer's block just thinking about coming up with solutions like these can often inspire new words. I find that the more often I write the less writer's block I get. I think it is like training your mind to be creative.

I bet when your son comes back he will have a lot of fresh ideas for writing. You should try to get him to join HubPages under your referral link. You will get paid a small percentage of earnings from HubPages (they wont touch his earnings!) when he gets traffic. I hiked parts of the Appalachian Trail in Maine to New Hampshire. I was about 14 or so at the time and I had the experience of a lifetime! The goat picture was from a farm I visited a few Autumns past. He really had a crooked jaw! Thanks again for stopping by!

JSMatthew~


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sarahshuihan 3 years ago from USA

Thanks for the tips! I do find it useful to look at what other people write as inspiration. I will also admit to taking frequent breaks, haha.


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J.S.Matthew 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Your welcome sarahshuihan! I appreciate your comment. Thanks for stopping by!

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J.S.Matthew 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

I am glad this was useful for you Raul. Thanks for your comments.

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