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How to defeat Writers Block

Updated on December 23, 2012

Response To a Hub Question

This hub is a response to the Question asked by cafeteria on Jan 12, 2012

Q- Has writer's block ever affected you? If so, how did you deal with it?

A- My answer to the question above is this hub here, and is a secondary answer, or continuation to this awesome question, that was asked, about writers block.

"No way Jose for me", I never ever had a writers block issue, actually I've had quite the opposite, which I guess is writers "overload or overflow", because my ideas just keep going and going and going.

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Great Tips from the Wise, Take Notes all the time

I had quite the opposite experience with writing

It must have occurred to me many years back when I was a child, when I had fallen out of a window and hit my head, because I always been able to write intensively without pause. The only diffference though, between now and years back as a I were a child writing. I'm currently armed with back up support, from all the knowledge I've gained from reading, education from schooling, and 10 years of US military experience.

So my brain pretty much has been on constant overload, and over drive awaiting a place to rupture all the words out, such as hubpages. This place is awesome indeed for people such as myself, & I'm loving it!

Useful tips to counter & fight writers block

  • Think of constructive creative ideas from art, nature, & life in general
  • Think about your experiences
  • Work on your grammar, it will give you confidence to write more
  • Write a journal of your everyday experience, the ups and downs, observances
  • Try to learn about poetry writing
  • Read more often, & learn how to read other subjects, rather than the same old ones you've been using all these years
  • Challenge your mind at higher education courses
  • Read up on some philosophy, science, math history. English literature, & more
  • Read a classic novel, its bound to stimulate some ideas
  • Get inspired by live activities, then feel them out, participate & write about it
  • Create your own how to writings, when your performing any tasking
  • Think about what you do daily, to get through the day, write about it

More useful tips

  • Plan a vacation, bring some pens, note pad, laptop or mobile devices
  • Quit texting so much, and start creative writing, let the pen direct it all
  • Brain storm & mind mapping helps to develop your thought process
  • Write about your work & schooling experiences
  • Write about all and any life theme's to reach out to people
  • Try to have fun, by writing about your hobbies, & interests
  • Read from other hub authors here consistently
  • Maybe even write a hub from the questions area, as an answer like this one.
  • A love life helps, but if you have none, go outdoors and seek one
  • Then get inspired all over again by it all to write impressive passionate stories, poems, or educational stories people can learn from.

Books to fight writers block


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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Thank you @Sweet Chococarrie, its nice to meet ya here on hubpages.

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      Sweet Chococarrie 5 years ago from My Heart To Yours

      Nice Share Dear Friend.

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      Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

      Now that's truly thoughtful of you to have addressed, a cool thank you back, to me those who return for a second and third time, really are intrigued, so i focus more energy on them.

      Sharing is a powerful tool indeed, anywhere for that matter, and your icon will do the magic, along with your bright words you have @ Learner365.

      I'm just learning the ropes on hubpages I guess, as for the words I'm just full of them, and wont stop spewing them out, LOL.

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      Saadia A 6 years ago

      @CloudExplorer, any work you do whether it is writing or anything else,one requires persistence and patience. At HubPages as well, we require a lot of both. You are right, it is really not easy to get feedback but then again if we stick to both patience and persistence we might end up feeling a lot better in later years :) We are here to write and earn ( hopefully one day well enough ;) ) express ourselves and at the same time trying our best to benefit as many people as we can through our writings,thoughts and ideas.

      Thank you for liking the icon...i also love it a lot and i never knew this green little thing will one day become my identity on HubPages :) :)

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      Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

      Hey, Learner you know that I've come here to write, and to my hearts desire, I just love expressing myself with words, but I love helping others even more.

      Thanks for reading it, and giving this hub a chance @ Learner365 its not easy to get feedback, but I figure if we work at it a great deal, in due time the wheels start cranking I guess.

      I also try to make my hubs have some staying power, thus all the words, I'm not just here to get numbers, people need answers and assistance in every way, shape, and form, you know.

      I love your cute Icon there @ Learner365 its awesome indeed.

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      Saadia A 6 years ago

      wow it took me quite a while to read this Hub including the comment section :) But apart from everything you have given some very useful and have shared interesting tips for the writers who do have a problem seeking ideas for their next writing endeavors . Thanks for sharing !!!

      My Vote up and useful !!!

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      Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

      Thanks again @ MarleneB yes indeed words do their own thing, and I always liked the fact of expressing myself with them all these years since I was little, and my mom taught me most of them.

      I'm off, to visit your hubs now, and others who've been nice enough to share with me, till then, enjoy your hubbing experiences.

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      Marlene Bertrand 6 years ago from Northern California, USA

      @CloudExplorer - You said it perfectly, "...words are what they choose themselves to be..." And, that is why I chose the words "inspiration block". It's my cute way of denying that I ever have writer's block.

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      Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

      @ Marie its quite ok for people to let out some verbal fumes, if they must. I was merely defending the definition of what writers block itself, & since the premise & purpose of my hub was somewhat in question as presented by the commenter who tried to deny such an existence.

      I felt it would translate into a limiting technique, from their part to lessen the full embrace of my hub writing itself, almost as if my hub simply became inadequate to the person somehow who wrote it, in an attempt to deter others from feeling its full value, and total worth & so I had to stand for what I believed in here.

      I personally think that the whole concept behind a thing known as writers block has existed way back when writing first sprung into existence, and the first authors of the alphabets themselves had transcribed the symbols into place on slate, walls, or tablets.

      So the attempt at creating such an argument is truly futile actually. For those writers who've experienced it, I must protect them all, from such lies and unrighteousness. LOL

      I laugh at it all, because words are what they choose themselves to be, and so we sense what we want to take from them all, thus the interest game that our minds play out each time we seek something we assume is likable or of true value.

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      Marie Gail Stratford 6 years ago from Olathe, KS

      Wow! I feel a bit as if I am intruding into an ego-fest between other writers here, but I'll comment anyway. If you have never experienced writer's block, you are fortunate. I experience it occassionally, mostly if I am trying to force myself to write a particular thing other than what the muse has placed before me at the time. (For example, a challenge or assignment to write certain forms of poetry might inspire me. At other times, it sends me into the depths of writer's block.)

      If one is free to follow whims and whimsy and write whatever form or topic comes into the mind, I would imagine writer's block is far less likely to appear in the picture.

      Whether or not writer's block exists, you have given some good tips for kick-starting the creative process. Please take a moment to clean up your punctuation in the list to make it more readable.

      All my best,


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      Arlene V. Poma 6 years ago

      Hahahaha. Okay. Til we meet again. But if you call this a rant, you ain't seen nuthin' yet! Take care.

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      Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

      I love your motivation and loads of over confidence, but here on hubpages it just won't matter. The numbers is key here and thats pretty much it, put it as you like too, drop it like its hot, or whatever you do on your free time as well as work free time.

      Thanks for sharing your view points with us all and honest opinions, but I don't think it was an argument at all, just an conclusive observation in response to your opinionated comment, so rant as much as need be, the comment wall is all yours.

      I love hubpages for just that reason, because some people just wanna stir up heated battles I guess. I prefer to logically deduce and share with others myself. After all its all just words right!

      I'll be re-paying your hubs the visit as well, till we meet again up here in hubpages comment heaven.

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      Arlene V. Poma 6 years ago

      Crap! Sorry about the errors, but the system, for once, won't let me correct them. Anyway, I can see your POV, but as for me, I don't care if the world suffers from Writer's Block. Nothing will stop me from writing. Some people are their worst enemies. I forget about the rest and do my own thang.

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      Arlene V. Poma 6 years ago

      No problema. No, I'm not going to research on the topic and get back to you because I am working on a freelance job that is paying me cold, hard cash and not online pennies. This is a freebie from me to you. I already put my two cents into your questions, and unless you can meet me and pay for coffee or the meal, that's that. What is have i's called writing rexperience. And I'm not going to waste my time arguing with you whether the Block exists or not. Or how the rest of the world thinks. I was taking a break from my work, and saw your post. So you've complained about not getting any comments, then here's mine: Writer's Block may be another writer's problem, but I'm glad it's not mine. It certainly isn't mine. Otherwise, I would not have finished two back-to-back 30/30 challenges or know that I am able to write one Hub a day if I wanted to. I would not have been hired recently by a national media affiliate for some freelance work if I did not get the job done or showed in the past that I was a writer that you could depend on. What do you expect me to do? Tell them I can't do my assignment because a case of Writer's Block? To wait for me until I got it out of my system?I am an experienced writer, and I am confident enough to set my writing goals and complete them. No ifs, ands, buts, shoulda, woulda, coulda. But like I said--that's me. A lot of time is wasted when writers agonize over Writer's Block. Gotta reason not write? Call it Writer's Block, and you have problems. And, you're out of work.

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      Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

      Well @ Arlene,thats purely an opinionated comment you left.

      Based on the worlds consensus bureau,there's billions of people on the planet today, and I'm sure great numbers of them have chosen in life to become writers & will agree to dis-agree with you.

      I also beg to differ, because I would have to say a huge percentage of the worlds populous, have actually experienced such a phenomenon known as writers block and have stated claims to such.

      Entire books are structured & erected around the subject of writers clock, and its validity can't simply be denied by such a comment you've placed here.

      It is defined as something, that makes a writer stumped in their thought process, as to what ideas to write on next, and not necessarily, because they need a break. Sometimes it can be resultant of thinking too much or too little about things as a whole, at the very start of attempting to write something, in the middle, or towards the very end point or also known as a conclusion.

      Lack of vocabulary words, poor education, poor training on their own writing skills, lack of experiences, and lack of knowledge on specific subjects they may want to write on as well as many more reasons are the causes for the lack there of.

      Go Research on the topic than get back to me, to say that there's no such thing, because that was a widely opinionated comment.

      If you find millions or even billions of results on the subject, which I'm sure you will from a single Google search, than you will see what it has been for many people worldwide, and not just a figure of your very own imagination, to pose as a form of opposition to such a truth as writer block, as being a true existent mental struggle some people have dealt with & experienced.

      I appreciate your comment & sharing, but I wholeheartedly dis-agree with it.

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      Marlene Bertrand 6 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I don't know that I have ever had writer's block. I do know that I have had inspiration block. When that happens, I put on classical music. It seems to unlock my brain enough that I am inspired again.

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      Arlene V. Poma 6 years ago

      There is no such thing as Writer's Block, and if you believe in Writer's Block, you will have it. Surgeon's do not have Surgeon's Block. Teacher's do not have Teacher's Block. Plumbers do not get Plumber's Block. Why? If they don't do their job, they will not be paid. For whatever reason you stop writing, it's because you need a break. It can be a few hours or a few years. Take a break and get back to your writing when you're ready. People swear to you and agonize about Writer's Block, but it's a waste of time. There is no Writer's Block. Just some writer complaining that he or she can't produce copy at that very moment.