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10 Quick Cures for Writer's Block - including EFT

Updated on March 27, 2011
Ready to write, but all blocked up?
Ready to write, but all blocked up?

These are off the cuff

You need to write, but just can't get started or you have kernels of ideas, but don't really know how to put them together. Here are some lightning fast methods to get those fingers moving! Day or night, crunched for time or have too much on your hands, these ideas are sure to get you going. Enjoy and let me know of your success!

EFT for Writer's Block

Now you're flowing
Now you're flowing

Unblock me, Please

  1. EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). See video for a sample of how to do EFT for writer's block. This is worth trying even if you feel silly at first. EFT works wonders for all sort of blocks, certainly it can work for writer's block! Try this and you may not need the rest.
  2. Walk away. "What?!" you say. Stop thinking about the writing you have to do, put your pencil down, turn off the computer (yes, really). Now walk away. If you're just trying to think of what or how to write in your head, think of something else. Distract yourself from the fact that you need to write for a few moments so you can clear the way for inspiration.
  3. Read. Yes, I said read. I know, you don't have time for that, right? Well, take just a few minutes to either read about your chosen topic or from something completely different. Either you'll come across some ideas that will spark something within you to a new way of how to approach your topic or you'll free some space in your creativity by taking a break from obsessing about what you're not doing.
  4. Write a letter. Get those juices flowing with a letter to Grandma, an old friend, or a new pen pal. Talk about life, the weather, whatever, just get the feeling of putting pen to paper, fingertips to keyboard.
  5. Free write. Along with writing a letter, you can also try free writing. Write about anything that comes to mind. Have an opinion? Just start writing it down. I'm sure you can have an argument with yourself about how "right" you are. This can get you in the frame of mind to start questioning and delving a little deeper, which is great when it comes to writing!
  6. Start a account. That's right, if you're not already a HubPages published author, give it a try. The feeling of having something out there for everyone to read just might help you feel good enough to write what you need to write. Or you can create an article and view what it would look like if you chose to publish it.
  7. Fill a glass of water. While drinking half of the glass, ask for inspiration to start and complete your writing. Be specific and just state this request to your Self. Now go take a walk or do something else for a little while. If you have overnight, do this just before bed. Drink the other half of the glass and receive the answer to your request!
  8. Go play. Think of something you find enjoyable for a few minutes. You've likely been a little hard on yourself if you're stuck and doing a favorite activity may help you get back in the mood to produce something you're proud of.
  9. Visualize or write about how you'll feel when you're done. You might take a few minutes to think about how happy you were last time you wrote something really awesome, or just complete. Close your eyes if it helps and feel the feeling of completion and joy with what you produced. Or write it down, starting with, "I am so happy that I wrote or my writing..." Write your success story of yourself writing. Just try it.
  10. Just get started. Okay, you've beat around the bush, procrastinated, thought this or that about I can't do it, the inspiration isn't there, yada yada. Just start writing about what you desire to write about and see what happens. Do not ball it up and throw it away. Keep it going and let it flow. You've got the gift, choose to receive it.

Have fun!

About Rainbow Recognizer

Amy Phoenix is a gentle, yet direct parenting guide and healing facilitator dedicated to sharing insights and practices to transform frustration and anger, heal the past and nurture conscious relationships – to appreciate all aspects of life. Visit her at


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    • Talullah profile image

      Talullah 5 years ago from SW France

      A great hub! I've never heard of EFT, so I shall watch with interest. You have listed some really useful tips, too.

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      Jakebrap 5 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      Great article :] just wrote a hub on the same subject myself but yours is much better!

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      Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

      You are absolutely right . This is an amazing hub. I usually walk away or rread. Bookmarked and will pass along!

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      Sylvia Van Peebles 6 years ago from Southern California

      #2-Walk away did it for me. I left it alone for several months and then, in a conversation with my son, the block broke and I was on my way again.

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      EFT Tapping 7 years ago from Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatamala

      This is a great list. I once sent a question out to many friends, asking for ways they shake a bad mood. I got some of your suggestions and dozens more. Someday I'll write it all up.

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      pinkhawk 7 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

      ...oh cool, thank you! ^.^...maybe these are the right passwords I'm looking for to access or unblock my crazy mind..haha! ^.^

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      Bbudoyono 8 years ago

      I will try your tips. Thanks.

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      \Brenda Scully 8 years ago

      yes i will remember this for next time I get writers block....

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      RainbowRecognizer 9 years ago from Midwest

      That is thee question, Lissie :o) EFT can assist either.

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 9 years ago from New Zealand

      Is it wrtiers block or m I just procrastinating though!

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      RainbowRecognizer 9 years ago from Midwest

      Yes, immersion and distraction can work wonders! Thanks :)

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      commentonthis7 9 years ago

      sometime i just sit and stare at the computer and nothing will come and then when i get busy doing something else it come flooding some times so fast i have to just write down a few clue word to remember what i was thinkingthen i put it all together good tips

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      RainbowRecognizer 9 years ago from Midwest

      Oh my goodness, me too! I've started carrying around a little notebook to catch them all :o) Thanks, Amy.

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      amy jane 9 years ago from Connecticut

      Great hub, Rainbow! I use the walking away technique - if i am far away from paper or my computer I am guaranteed to have a brilliant idea! :)

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      RainbowRecognizer 9 years ago from Midwest

      Yeah, not that I've really had an issue with hubbing... but sometimes the block does creep in and it's nice to have tools to disarm it! ;) Thanks, Bonnie.

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      Bonnie Ramsey 9 years ago from United States

      Great hub and very informative tips! I will be marking this one in case I need to check back!

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      RainbowRecognizer 9 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks, Laurie :o) I like your style, too!

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      Laurie J. Brenner 9 years ago from Western Slope of the Sierra Nevada, CA

      Hear Hear with EFT!

      Great face! Your smile makes me smile!

      I'm a fan.

      Laurie B.

      (Oh and I like the writing too!)