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Simple Ideas to Overcome Writer's Block

Updated on October 25, 2012

Writer’s Block is something that all writers are familiar with. For those who write as a hobby, writer’s block can be an annoyance, but for those who write to earn their living, writer’s block can become a much bigger evil, as it affects their way of life. Writer’s block is very common, and every writer at some point suffers from the dreaded frustration caused by it. But, by keeping in mind that writer’s block is only temporary, and by using these simple tips and tricks, you can win your battle with writer’s block quicker and get back on the road to writing.

Writer's Groups

Although not every book store has one, sometimes you can find a local book store that offers a “Writer’s Club”. Call around to some of your local stores, especially the larger chain book stores, and ask them about it. If you aren’t able to find one locally, then hop online and check into an online group. See if you can find a group that is geared towards the topics you generally write about.

A writer’s group is a great way for you to get in touch with other experienced writers who can give you tips, pointers, and advice. You can also tell them your ideas, and they will provide you with some excellent feedback. As they share their ideas with you, it may trigger a thought that will help you out in your own writing.

Take a Time Out

Time out is not just for wayward toddlers. Taking a time out from writing may seem counter-productive, but getting away from your desk, out of your home or office, and into places that are filled with people can actually be a great way to overcome writer’s block. As you surround yourself with people, you can overhear things they say and observe their actions, and this can give you some insight to that piece of your writing that is missing.

Research

A key element to writing is to have knowledge about your topic. When you know something inside and out, it seems as though the words just flow naturally from you to your paper or computer screen. If you are stuck on writing, try doing the opposite- spend some time researching your subject. Commit yourself to an hour, two hours, even a day of nothing but research. Gather every piece of data and all the facts you can, and study them until you know them by heart. Take a break, and come back the next day to your computer and try writing again. With all your new found information, you may just find that the words you were stuck on before are no longer a hindrance.

Brainstorm on the Go

Many writing classes try to stress the important of brainstorming. These classes are correct. Brainstorming is a great way to pool all of your ideas and get them into one place. However, it is near impossible to brainstorm when you are drawing a complete mental blank.

Instead of sitting, staring at a blank computer screen, try this: Place a sheet of paper and a pen on your stove, forget all about your writing, and clean your kitchen. Or place them on your coffee table, and watch a movie. Do something that will take your mind completely off your writing, but keep a pen and paper handy. Continue with your day to day task, and watch how many ideas sneak up on you when you aren’t so focused on getting them. Use your pen and paper to jot them down so you don’t forget, and continue on the task at hand. Later, when your sheet of paper is full of ideas, try your hand at writing again.

Relax

As your wife, husband, friends, family, and fellow writer’s will all tell you- just relax. Of course this is much easier said than done when you are so frustrated. But the truth is, the more frustrated and stressed you allow yourself to become, the harder it is to write. You have to find a way to release the stress and tension you are feeling. Relax, read a book, take your significant other out to dinner, play catch with your son. Remember, writer’s block is only temporary, and it will eventually go away. Until it does, get out and enjoy your life.

Just remember, everyone suffers from writer’s block at some point. Although it may feel like, your writing skills have not left you permanently. Take a step back, take a breather, and when you are less tensed, try to again.

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      Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

      Well done, Heather … a very useful hub of helpful tips for dealing with the dreaded block that we should all bookmark.

      Congrats on being a Rising Star … and a warm welcome to HubPages.

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      Heather Edgens 4 years ago from Georgetown, Delaware

      Thank you very much!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great job with this topic! These are simple tips that are applicable to many different types of writers. Congrats on your nomination.

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      John-Rose 4 years ago from USA

      Hola, love the tips. I like brainstorming on the go and always have a digital recorder in my pocket, because you never know when genius

      will hit you.

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      Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia

      Very informative and useful, as I see from responses for all of us out there who have this love/hate relationship with writing:) All the best from B

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      Glenn Stok 4 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I found you under the Rising Stars in the latest HubPages' Weekly News.

      I agree with the methods you mentioned to help with writer's block. Many times I just walk away from the computer for a while when I feel stuck and I do chores around the house. Then when I come back, somehow new ideas pop into my head. It's great!

      Brainstorming, as you mentioned, is also very powerful. Many time I brainstorm with friends. Only they don't know it. To them, we are all just having conversation. But to me, we're brainstorming. Many times I get ideas from those conversations about things I can write.

      Sometimes I type something quickly into my iPod Touch during these conversations, just so I don't forget the idea I had.

      Keep up the great work and welcome to HubPages.

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      Michelle Booth 4 years ago from UK

      As my kitchen needs cleaning, I'm going to try that one first! Great hub, thank you.

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      syras mamun 4 years ago

      some real great advice.I try to spend time researching a lot before getting a complete grasp on the topic that I want to write.Thank you so much.

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      Shelly Wyatt 4 years ago from Maryland

      Good advice, This is very informative and useful, we all have experienced writer's block!

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      Michelle Clairday 4 years ago from Arkansas

      I voted this article up. Writer's block is very aggravating.

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great hub and very interesting and valuable information to help any writer when they have writer's block.

      Saw you in the forums and thought I'd stop by and Welcome you to HubPages!!! You are off to a great start keep up the good work !

      Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

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      Heather Edgens 4 years ago from Georgetown, Delaware

      I deal with it often... It seems like I get the best ideas at the worst times- when I don't have time to write any of them down! Once my kids are in bed and I sit down I can't think of a single thing! Lol! Naturally, it's that the way it always goes!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Excellent, Heather, nicely done. I like that you gave specific tips that writer's can try. Also liked the supportive tone you kept throughout the piece, giving encouragement. You're doing well, voted up and useful. I did one on this topic as well, something we all relate to, right?

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      Heather Edgens 4 years ago from Georgetown, Delaware

      I carry one of those pocket sized notepads with me, and keep a pen tucked into my hair.

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      zenmodo 4 years ago

      Good tips, brainstorming on the go is probably my favorite. Right now I'm trying to take notes on my phone throughout the day whenever I think of something!