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10 Easy Tips To Blast Open Writers Block

Updated on September 1, 2010

We as writers can get very frustrated from time to time trying to fuel our inspiration to write more. We love to write and we have lots of ideas somewhere in that brain of ours, but then we sit down at the computer and stare at the keys till our eyes cross.

When things get blurry, it's time we unlock the flood gates of our mind and start filling it full of valuable inspiration that causes our writing abilities to gush out of us like a pounding waterfall flowing free and powerful. I don't know about you, but I get tired of little trickles here and there, like the excess rain in a sofet, but I would rather it be Niagara Falls, a wonder of the world, an attraction, something people will never forget, a lasting impression that will draw repeated visitors. I am sure you got the picture.

Now the question is, " What can I do to blast open this writer block?"

1. Quit trying to think of what to write next. Yes, I know what I just said. You run into big problems in your writing when you are spending all your efforts angry at yourself for not thinking of something exciting to write about. Often times when you searching through the exhausted commentaries of your mind you lack the passion, excitement, enthusiasm, creativity, style and the heart. I have edited and discarded many songs I had written cause they had desperate written all over them instead of a keeper or masterpiece. I have had super spontaneous inspiration that came so naturally and reflected original talent, but many times I had to glean in other fields rather than my own to induce an idea.

2. Read, read and read some more. The amazing thing about a gifted writer is they can be reading and find something that inspires them that may not even be related to exactly what they were reading. Reading fill the imagination, it allows you to picture the details, sometimes the details you picture exceed the the descriptive paragraph you just read. I have read the title to a chapter and put the book away completely inspired. Sometimes you have to dig, other times it's waving at you.

3. Release your hidden feelings. You can write volumes just about yourself, but no-one even has to know it. It is very healthy to journal your feelings, doctors even suggest that. If your private you can even disguise that it's you and write about an unnamed party. Give your own advise. If you are going through a tough situation study how to deal with it,it's fresh in your soul it will be very captivating to the reader and very beneficial to you as well. The greatest writing you will ever do will be an echo from the voice of experience. Be you, anyone can jot someone elses eforts and experiences.

4. Take your time, don't hurry yourself, inspiration will come. You just might need more rest or play time. Plenty of sleep and recreation allowances are a necessity so give in and come back to the computer or tablet later.

5. Keep scrap paper, notes books, voice recorders, palm pilots or any memory jogger reminder device around you at all times. How many times have you slapped yourself silly for not writing down that heavenly idea you thought to write about. I reluctantly have to admit I have several mental trash cans full of pieces of art that I failed to preserve at my moment of inspiration. Sometimes you are able to retrieve, but most of the time they are gone forever so for goodness sake be prepared, you'll be glad you were. Next time you have writers block you can pull out that recorded or written information and poof you start writing simple as that.

6. You work, dream and live out good things to write about.

Give people insightful tips that involve your line of work or hobby. Look around your house, listen to your children ( you won't be able to type fast enough), share your supper ( the world would love to know your secret to crispy fried chicken or the story behind grandma's tasty rolls)and everything you dream to be, live out through your writing.

7. Meditate - Spiritual meditation and prayer calms your nerves, anxiety and gives you purpose. Divine inspiration helps you surpass your limitations and even surprise yourself when you read the finished product.

8. Let nature inspire . Whether you take a vacation, relax on your patio, walk through the park or flip through a magazine explore God's creation. The complex detail of all nature continuously rings out a new melody, beats to a poetic stanza, fills a leather binder nicely and releases brand new ideas like the fresh morning dew every morning.

9. Listen to speeches or music. Listening can challenge you to think harder and create visuals.

10. Don't prejudge ! How many times have you thought of great ideas, but then you put them on the shelf or completely done away with them because you prejudged what your readers would think, whether they would be boring or not beneficial.

Don't pre-judge, try it.! I say this from experience, some of my most popular songs were those I kept stuck in my note book for years until one day I decided to be brave. Oh! I have aggravated myself for hoarding treasures. Like the old saying goes, " One mans junk is another mans treasures." Your so-called crazy idea might be your ticket to stardom as a writer.

Next time you get writers block, just be easy on yourself ,put on your wings and explore. " You've got what it takes baby, you just got to discover what it is that unlocks your passion and delievers the message that dictates your heart."



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      WordsAreStrength 6 years ago

      Great tips! When I get blocked I pop in a movie and try to write a scene from that as a play/book. It gets my mind off the block and trains my brain to transfer the visual world into the literary one.

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      Candace Green 6 years ago from OKLAHOMA

      Great Idea citychick your doing! Thanks:)

      Thanks to everyone for the kind comments:)

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      citychick 6 years ago from Ulster County, New York

      Your hub is right on!! I now keep a journal with me and I write down have summarized the writer's dilemmas and how to solve them beautifully.

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      kire0602 8 years ago

      Thank you for these tips! When I was little and uninhibited, I would write about everything and everything and find myself immersed in the world of writing. Now, though, I've struggled to find a topic. But after reading this, I am inspired to just let my creative juices flow!

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      J. Kumm 8 years ago from Washington

      These are excellent writer's block busting tips. It's nice to see them in one place as a larger collection. Thank you for sharing.

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      tabasco guy 9 years ago from Oklahoma

      I think my flood gates might be welded shut. I guess we'll see if this torch can cut the weld and let the gate open.

      Guess Who???

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      As we know you can do dear G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Candace Green 9 years ago from OKLAHOMA

      Your welcome! Type type away:.)

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      soyelude 9 years ago from Lagos - Nigeria

      I currently have a writers block and this tip came in quite handy....THANK YOU SM!!!

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      Candace Green 9 years ago from OKLAHOMA

      Thanks ripple maker. You always have something sweet to say to make someones day:.)

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Great tips Singing Mommy. I've found out too that the more I force it, it becomes more difficult. But sometimes the ideas flow when one is having fun (like being with nature, meditating and etc...). Thanks for sharing.

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      ohohdon 9 years ago from Yakima

      I am a huge daydreamer. Because of that, I started carrying a notepad with me most of the time, because of what you described in #5 above.

      I like your word picture of placing those thoughts in the trash can if you don't record them immediately. My mental trash can is running over, too, from the times I didn't write my thoughts down, somewhere.

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      Candace Green 9 years ago from OKLAHOMA

      Thanks! Yes, the library is a great resource.............Surfing the internet.........reading reading reading.......there is so much to know out there:.)

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      MM Del Rosario 9 years ago from NSW, Australia

      this is a great resource for someone like me who always run out of things to write. can i also add that the library is a great place to start when your running out of ideas.

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      Candace Green 9 years ago from OKLAHOMA

      Actually you are right sis I am trying to trim down your excuses for not writing.

      Folks I am actually so full of ideas to write, but with three screaming cute kids it's just getting the time. Thats why you see me publish in the middle of the night. I have talked to some lately that have not the slightest what to write about so I thought I'd just put a hub together to share some of the ways to get my wheels turning again.

      I love your comments.......thanks so much!

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      Carisa Gourley 9 years ago from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma

      Tagtopics, I don't think that she wrote about writer's block just because she was suffering from it. If the truth be known she's probably trying to get me (her sister) motivated again. Maybe she's trying to move my fingers back to the keys and away from my hair (so I quit pulling it out trying to think of something to write) =)

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      tagtopics 9 years ago

      I think you've found the perfect answer - if you get writers block, write a hub about writers block. Smart move!

      As for myself, I find watching TV or watching people in the street can start me off with an idea. I find it easier to get ideas when I can see something in motion, that way half the works already done for you - the scene, the people, etc. etc.

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      amy jane 9 years ago from Connecticut

      Great tips - I am finally in the habit of "catching" those moments of inspiration. Like you said, once they are gone they are difficult to get back :)