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Quick Fixes For Writer's Block

Updated on October 13, 2011

Quick Fixes For Writer's Block - Try These!

Looking for how to remove your writers block? Wondering why I left out the apostrophe? It's because as I wrote this article 1699 people typed into google writers block and not writer's block.

So that's a matter of SEO, Search Engine Optimization, which is not the subject of this article but I thought I'd mention it. If you want to attract quantity of visitors to your hubpages you don't want to inadvertently ignore the many who may be literacy challenged.

The correct use of the apostrophe is a lesson in itself and there should be a series of hubpages dealing with such things. If there isn't already...

One or more of the following quick fixes for the problem of writer's block should work for you. Let me know what you think in the comments at the bottom of the page. Feel free to add your own remedies and ideas. Here is my first of my quck fixes for writer's block or writers block.

Fix # 1 - Walk Away

The quickest fix for my own writer's block is to walk away. Try it yourself. Just get up and move away from whatever writing you're stuck on.

In fact this method works with any kind of problem, not just writing. Simply get some physical space between you and the problem and see what happens.

It sounds easy. But personally I find it difficult to do sometimes. I would rather try and push on through than back off. Same with most problems in life. Probably it's a personality thing.

Writer's block is a writer's worst enemy. We could look at some causes of writer's block in order to find possible solutions. This knowledge would undoubtedly open doors to ways to unblock the flow of creation. But it could also be that there as many types of writer's block as there are blocked writers.

Fix #2 - Do Something Else

Okay, Fix #2 is almost an extension of #1 but is not the same. Do Something else.

The act of doing something else works more to disengage your mind from what it was stuck on. It's more than just walking away. Go for a walk, go to the shops, go do the dishes, fix the fence, whatever. Just DO something else.

Fix #3 - Forget Quality Control

Yes, as a good writer you want to produce the best possible article, essay, research project, etc. But don't try and do it at first writing. Consider your first writing a draft only. Your first writing is not your final writing so don't get the two mixed up.

You may be writing for money on the basis of quantity. You may be writing for quality. Either way you need to focus on producing something first. You can always go back over it and revise or edit the heck out of it prior to final submission.

Here at HubPages we have the best of all possible worlds. Anyone can quickly and easily publish just about anything under the sun. And I've seen some absolute rubbish. But so what? Poor work soon falls off the radar - as I discovered with my own pages ;-)

But with extra attention, revision, search engine optimization and so on, poor work can become better work. It's a learning experience. There's a growing, a maturing. And we learn to work more towards a desirable quality. But that can all be done after we have written something in the first place. So, forget quality control - until afterwards.

Fix #4 Go For Quantity

You will get much better results by simply writing, or typing, or dictating, whatever comes into your head. Go for the flow. When you get enough quantity down on paper then you can worry about the quality. But the first priority is to get something there to work with.

As for quality, if you work with HubPages for example, you will get plenty of hints and directions from the software before you will be allowed to finally publish your work onto the net. Even after it's published you are then subject to scrutiny by fellow hubbers, staff, public comments, etc. so you don't need to be judge and jury all by yourself.

Fix #5 Use Software

Finally, if you feel compelled to write but just cannot get the ideas then you may need further help. Personally I use a cheap software program called Article Ideas Tool because I find it's an instant cure for writer's block.

Is it cheating to use software? Not if you end up with a unique article. There's also free keyword tools like Traffic Travis and others but I haven't found anything yet as good as Article Ideas Tool.

Fix #6 Whatever Works For YOU

Feel free to add to this page with your own solutions for writer's block. Obviously this is not a complete list of handlings. What works for you just might be what someone else is looking for!


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      htodd 6 years ago from United States

      Nice post...Thanks

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      Sondra 6 years ago from Neverland

      Thanks Charles, that's very sweet of you to say. However, only 40 hubs in almost 3 years is a little, uh....slow :D But I will keep my eyes open and see what is around me to write about now

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      Charles Russell Stockdale 6 years ago from UK

      Ardie - you already have some methods to overcome writer's block because you've written many quality hubs! But I hope these ideas help you further ;-)

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      Sondra 6 years ago from Neverland

      These are all excellent ideas. I cant wait to use them since I seem to get writer's's' block all the time!!

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      Charles Russell Stockdale 6 years ago from UK

      KateWest - "crap draft" is a great idea, thanks for sharing!

      Snuff Nutty, rorshak sobchak, thanks for dropping by. May the thoughts be with you!

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      KateWest 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      A fab writing teacher once taught me to just write a "crap draft" and let it all spill out on the page. You won't use a lot of it, maybe none of it, but it clears your head enough to take the next step.

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      rorshak sobchak 6 years ago

      Great Hub. You used many good ideas that I can't wait to try out.

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      Heather Little 6 years ago from Berwick, NS

      I think I'm experiencing both writers block AND writer's I created my hub and now have nothing to say.... yet that is. Thank you for your extremely helpful ideas.

      And now to go do the dishes...:)