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When Writer's Block Strikes

Updated on February 12, 2013

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What is the writer's block?

Writer's block is the state where a writer cannot seem to start, continue or finish an article or a content because of lack (or too much) of inspiration, drive, motive or any other reason that prevents him/her to think of clear ideas for a certain topic or project. At least that is how I put it. I suppose most writers, especially the emerging ones like myself, find themselves trapped in this black hole at one point.

I think the writer's block is somehow a part of the learning process of being a writer. We learn how to adapt with our emotions and well-being, especially when they are preventing us to do our work. It's very easy to drain our creative juices when we are not focused on our work; or perhaps lack the inspiration to draw ideas that can be appreciated by our readers.

If you've experienced writer's block, please... go on and read through this quick article.

There's a writer in us all

I am not a professional writer in the sense that I have no degree or Masters in Literature or Arts; nor had I attended any writing workshops or an intended course for creative writing. What I have are the basic learning of an ordinary Jane who finished a Bachelor's degree far from being that of a writer (underpaid or not). I may have however, equipped myself with information and creative ideas from the books, publications and magazines that are always handy on dull moments. There are also the movies, cartoons, TV shows, news and sports that never fail to amuse and force me to speak up or write. In that lose sense, well... I am a writer.

I'm certain there is a writer in you, too. It may not be your passion; but, there could be a budding writer in you just the same. As for me, I have developed that joy in writing over the past years. I have bravely mothered 2 wonderful blogs and proudly authored many short articles online.

What's not to love? I am paid for life for my one time creations; plus, I meet people from different walks of life on different corners of the world. That in itself is a treat for me.

While I do love my work, there are still times that I experience the dreadful writer's block. This awful feeling of nothing interesting to share or just lazy to write something new is something you wouldn't want to experience, especially if you live to write. What you want is a fountain of ideas sprouting left and right so you could turn them into readable, sensible articles.

Fortunately, I am a learning robot. I have develop ingenious plans to fight the block away. If you write 10-20 articles a month (or more); I wouldn't be surprised if you, too have your own ways of dealing with writer's block.

How to Deal with Writer's Block

Dealing with writer's block is just as difficult or as easy (depending on your state of mind) as avoiding a weight loss saboteur in your diets. If you let them win, only you lose. What I do is determine the "reasons" behind my writer's block; then, I fix it.

What are the possible reasons for a writer's block?

There are LOTS of possible reasons for not being able to produce a readable material. It may be personal, emotional, social, financial or what not's. Whatever the cause/s though, you have to know them to address them and shoo them away.

Here are some...below each are possible ways to deal with them, too.

1. Bored with daily jobs

Boredom is easy to handle. Get out from the monotony of your routine. Try listening to music or talking to a friend. Start writing about things you love to do, instead of the boring topics you're stuck with. Soon, you'll find that you are no longer bored.

2. Lazy to do a new research.

Just do it. Gather facts and spend a little time to back-up your story. This will make your article more valuable. The only way to do it is by doing it. No excuses.

3. Pre-occupied with other jobs or things.

I for instance, have been stuck in the wall for "butter". I can't seem to move on without disposing butter out of my head. What can I write about butter? Butter, butter, butter! The only reason why I want to write about it, mind you, is so that I can share with you that photo below. Now that I've done that, I'm happy. :)

Anyway, if you are pre-occupied with a certain idea or other things or job, the best thing to do (in my case) is to get that thing over with. Do that thing or just write about that particular topic so as to check that out of your list. Then, you can move on.

It's because of this photo that I can't move on with butter. It's so elegant; I just have to share it.
It's because of this photo that I can't move on with butter. It's so elegant; I just have to share it.

4. No new idea is good enough.

All ideas are good. If you think it's not good enough for now, write it down. When you have the time, you can go back to this list and develop it into something more.

5. Great idea; but is too technical. (Thereby, going back to being lazy to do a research.)

Again, take time to do the research.

6. Too many ideas emerging all at once. (The best kind of hurdle!)

This is the best kind of dilemma. When a lot of ideas are sprouting out of your brilliant head; and you just don't know which one to write about; the best thing to do is to write them down. Now you have a list of great ideas to tinker on each time you're up against the writer's block.

7. No idea is emerging. (Terrible feeling! But can be dealt with.)

8. Stressed out for having no idea at all.

#7 and #8 are related due to stress. Take time off. Relax. You can either write about what you're feeling; or grab the bucket list of great ideas you've thought of from #6. Write about what makes you at ease with writing. Soon, you'll be able to write freely again, without noticing that you've won over the writer's block.

9. Workplace is not susceptible to creative thinking.

Go to a different place to write. You can also listen to your kind of music to put you in a place where you can write freely.

10. No reason or drive to write.

This is deep. Maybe you just need time to clear your head. It'll come back to you, especially if you write for a living.

11. Haven't written for the longest time.

If this is the case, start with something that you love doing. I remember when I was writing my first articles online. I would talk about online earnings and sites that offer online works. That's how I slowly developed the skill. Then, I started writing about my passion which is on wellness. That's why most of my recent articles talk about health benefits of foods and healthy living.

How to Prevent Writer's Block

Preventing writer's block may be difficult since we don't know when it will strike. Based on my experience, it often occurs during boredom, lack of inspiration or a long rest from writing. It is after all, a skill. The often we write, the better we get. In the same light, the less writing we do, the harder it gets to finish even a quick article.

So, how to prevent writer's block? Keep on writing; and be happy doing it.

I hope you enjoyed and learned something from this very straightforward article. I'll see you around!


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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Thanks marlene. For me, it would be to start writing about topics I love. From there, I can write anything else.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from USA

      This is a great hub with lots of wonderful tips. I agree with all of them. I like the idea of using something inspirational to get me started on a track. I use music to stir up inspiration.

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Thanks suzette! Being happy is one source of inspiration. You can do what you set yourself to do; as long as you are happy doing it.

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Great hub! Very well written! You have some great ideas for breaking writer's block. Anyone who is a writer is an expert on writer's block as far as I'm concerned. I had writer's block for 30 years. I think it was because I was working, so busy and stressed. I also went through a divorce and some other stressful things - so it was a long haul. But, when I retired and was able to relax - suddenly the gates opened and I have been writing for the last several years with no problem. I just hope the well doesn't go dry again. I had been writing short stories in college and my professors thought I was good at it - but once I started working, I just couldn't write. Now, I am much happier because I believe I am doing what I should have been doing all along! Thanks for an interesting and informative article and also very helpful! Voted up and shared!

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      60,000 words! Wow! Kudos to you vespawoolf!

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I think everyone experiences writer's block at one time or another. My worst battle was when I wrote a children's book. Getting through 60,000 words meant roadblocks along the way. Inspiration is the key, and not getting bored or being too self-conscious. Excellent list--thanks!

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Good for you marie! In my case, it may take a few days before I can write a decent article. :/

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      Marie Alana 5 years ago from Ohio

      There are some very good tips in this article! This article does a great job with explaining the writer's block. Every now and then I get a writers block, I'm usually out of it by the end of the day. Thanks!