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Writer's Block Cure

Updated on February 24, 2012

Sometimes we sit down to our computers and the ideas just aren’t there. Even the most creative people find times when the outside world takes up their thoughts and the muse isn’t flowing.

Here are a few things that work for me and maybe they will help you.

First of all, leave your computer. Sometimes taking a break and clearing our mind helps the ideas return.

Use paper and pen.

Computers are a wonderful tool and it's hard to imagine how we survived without them but they can also be a huge distraction from the work we need to get done. Forums, video sites and games keep calling us away. You can always transfer your writing to your documents when you get back to your keyboard.

Look at other writer's work.

Read a book, newspaper, peruse your book shelves, the library or bookstore. Titles of other people’s work sometimes trigger an idea. Don’t copy someone else’s work but use what they have written to find your own story. Sometimes reading a scene in a story will give me an idea for one in my own work.

Watch people.

Go to a mall, a park or even a restaurant. Listen to conversations and focus on the interaction of others. I’ve gotten some great character ideas for novels by observing people. Sometimes conversations will help me with ideas for articles.

Watch a movie or television.

Don’t waste too much time but sometimes you get ideas, especially from the news. Fact truly is stranger than fiction. Keep a notebook nearby so you can jot down those ideas when they pop in your head. Current events are wonderful fodder for your own articles.

Go for a drive.

My mind tends to wander while I am on the road and I come up with all sorts of ideas. Writing while behind the wheel is not safe but you can keep a recording device and take notes of those thoughts so you don’t forget them. Most cell phones have this ability these days which makes it very convenient.

Work on a exercise or work on a hobby.

The same thing happens when I walk on the treadmill or knit. I daydream and come up with all sorts of scenarios for stories.

Creating with a different medium such as yarn, fabric, or paint sometimes helps. I'm sure some scientist can tell you why but often making things with our hands helps our brain think more clearly.

Play a word game.

Not only does this help our spelling skills but sometimes seeing words in a different format will give you a prompt. It also helps give us ideas for new words we might not ordinarily use in our writing. I find myself overusing the same batch of descriptive phrases and it's good to switch it up a bit once in a while.

Take a break.

Stepping away from our work area is the best thing for rejuvenating our muse. There are millions of ideas out there we just have to exercise our mind to find them. It will happen when you least expect it and sometimes many come to you at once so be sure and keep paper and pen handy when those juices start to flow.

Disconnect Internet

I tend to get sidetracked when doing research and the next thing I know I'm chatting with friends, commenting on a blog or just goofing off. Don't get me wrong, we need to do this some of the time for marketing purposes but sometimes I get carried away enjoying my friends company and before I know it the day has gone and I haven't done as much writing as I would have liked.

I have a laptop and when no one else is home sometimes I turn off my router. If I can't connect easily I find myself writing more and procrastinating less. I can always use a dictionary to check my spelling. Imagine that, actually using a book for research purposes.

If you have a laptop with a good battery you can also go to the park or somewhere else that doesn't have wifi to do your writing. These days more and more restaurants and coffee shops have access so it makes it harder to keep focused but on those pretty days when the weather is cooperating you can sit outside and if you are lucky there may even be people about talking and giving you new ideas.


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    • Alastar Packer profile image

      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Ha Ha there's the solution Pamela! A very good one at that!

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Alastar, gas prices are terrible these days. Perhaps a ride on a bicycle would be better or those times when we have to drive to work or doctor's appointments. Thanks for reading.

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Pamela this is a superb hub of ideas to get over writer's block. So true about fact being stranger than fiction. I often use all your tips here except going for a drive which is a darn good one to add to the writing armory. When the price of gas is right of course!

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Heartconscious, I appreciate you taking time out of your busy writing schedule to read my work. Reading other people's articles helps us so you are still making progress. I'll go take a look at some of your articles and then we'll call it even. :o)

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      heartconscious 5 years ago from United States

      Look at me now, I honestly admit that I am procrastinating even though I have tons of writing to do. Maybe disconnecting from the internet and going out for a short walk would be a great idea for me to get inspired! Very useful hub. Voted up!

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks for reading.

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      Matthew Dawson 6 years ago from United States

      Great tips, I love the way you broke it down.

      Voted up and useful..


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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Meditating is another good idea. Whatever works, we all find ourselves without ideas sometimes.

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      April 6 years ago from Columbus,Ga

      I will have to see that movie. I get writers block sometimes, I fined when I stay away from the computer for a while, and meditate for a few days, it's easy for me to gather my thoughts, than things come to me at the moment when I'm not even trying, a whole poem or a story unfolds in my head, than I write it down.

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      Pamela N Red 7 years ago from Oklahoma

      Paradise7, Back in the old days *cough* I wrote everything on legal pads because we didn't have computers. I worked it out first and then typed it so I didn't waste so much ribbon and paper.

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      I usually start my articles on a yellow pad. That's just me, kinda old school. This is a great hub on how to kick-start your way past a writer's block. I find exercise helps, people-watching helps, and reading helps; all of these things work. I know that from personal experience. Thanks for a good hub!

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      Pamela N Red 7 years ago from Oklahoma

      I have that problem too. It seems the more we write the worse our handwriting gets. I can usually decipher most of it though.

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      kookoo88 7 years ago from Cripple Creek

      Great ideas. I haven't hit writer's block yet, having only started, but I dread the day I do. My key is taking long walks in the park while listening to music. It's when I do my daydreaming and come up with ideas. :)

      The one that won't work for me is using pen and paper. My handwriting sucks and I can't read it. ;)