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Writer's Block - How to Deal with it

Updated on February 1, 2015

The most annoying thing for a writer

Aside from a difficult to write scene, one of the worst things that can happen to a writer is the dreaded "Writer's Block." It can strike at any time, usually the worst time possible, write then you don't want it, a deadline rushing up to meet you, an editor breathing down your neck.

The usual frustration that comes with Writer's Block, can be an contributing factor in the continuation of the same. Stress, and worry, will only make life worse in relation to Writer's Block. But, of course, your deadline is rushing up to greet you, and at the same time, the editor is standing over your shoulder.

The solution is reasonably simple, yet you need patience.

  1. Relax.
  2. Do something else
  3. Think about something else
  4. Write on something else
  5. Find small triggers for the piece you were writing, even if they don't fit yet...they may later
  6. RELAX
  7. Talk with someone else about the piece you were writing, sometimes another head works things out with you
  8. Read
  9. Music playing can be helpful
  10. RELAX

Doing something else, thinking on something else, has always seemed to help for me, even with those "rushing to meet you" deadlines, and even on a Pathophysiology assignment - though I do suggest not leaving that until the last day, and getting Writer's Block.

Any new ideas are welcome, and if I find any that work for me, I'll post them!


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      trusouldj 5 years ago from Indiana

      Movies and music definitely help me. And sometimes reading my own fiction.