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Writers Block: What Should I Write About?

Updated on August 10, 2011

Writer's Block

We all get it from time to time. Writer's block is the condition in which a writer has the inability to produce new work. Professional writers can get it, students with a large project due, or people who just like to write to have fun. First and foremost, I'm no professional. I write basically to have fun. A lot of things that I write about is due to the fact that my interpersonal skills are lacking and I find it much easier to put my feelings down in words. Let's take a look at some reasons one would have writer's block.

Reasons For Writer's Block

  • Lack of Inspiration
  • Distractions
  • The Project that he/she started was not well thought out- or the author had a lack of experience
  • Physical Illness such as depression
  • Stress, such as financial situations, relationships, and personal failures
  • Putting too much pressure on yourself (such as trying to work too fast, or make material that is too perfect)

Remedies for Writer's Block

Though no one can really tell you why you have it, there are some ideas that will help you get back on track with writing whatever it is you need to write about. Some of those ideas are:

  • Take a break. Your thoughts and ideas may come to you while you're out about doing whatever it is you need done. Go watch some TV, or read a book.
  • Gain some inspiration. This goes with remedy #1. Read something by your favorite author, or listen to some music that relaxes you, or that pumps you up. Watch some TV. Anything that can pull you into a story to get you amped up to write again, do it.
  • Write in silence. Distractions can take your mind away from whatever you're writing about. They can also cause substandard writing on your part. If you have kids, tell them to go play outside or have your significant other watch them. Don't watch TV or listen to the radio while you write unless it helps you. I find that when I write in silence, the words come to me much easier if the only sound I hear is my own thinking, and the clicking of the keyboard.
  • Deal with anything stressful, and put off your writing for when you are good and ready. If you are writing for money, this can be even more stressful. Maybe start a new project. Start fresh. Ideas from your new project could be pulled in to your old project and maybe give your mind the jump start it needs. Don't put pressure on yourself, relax, and write about something that you enjoy. Odds are, if you enjoy it, you'll be able to write about it until your hands fall off.
  • Free-write. Take 3 black pages and write. It doesn't have to make sense. Write about whatever it is that you feel like writing about, just put the words down. You may write something that just clicks. A topic can pop into your head out of nowhere and you'll feel the urge to continue writing about it.
  • Write about writer's block! What's on your mind? Why can't you think of what to write about?

Some Topics to Write About

Everyone has different experiences in life. If you're still having some problems writing, here are a few topics that can get you back on track:

  • The Economy and how it has affected you
  • Your opinion- on anything! The president, religion, the financial state of your neighborhood.
  • Money- everyone has an opinion. If you have no money, write about why or why not. If you have a lot of money, share your success story.
  • Your Job- People, young people especially, want to know what others do for a living because they have no idea what they want to do in life. People will read it because they may want to make a change in life and are wondering what options are out there.
  • Pets- tell people about your pet. Why it's the best pet you've ever had. How you take care of it. What kind of personality it has. Where did you get it?
  • Reviews- I'm a big electronics nerd, so I tend to write a lot of reviews and stuff about whatever it is I own. Reviews are just your own opinion, and people like to know- especially if they are buying something online- if a product is worth buying.
  • Cars- If you're interested in cars. Write a How-To guide on how to fix certain problems with a car.
  • If you're a student in school, write about whatever you're studying. Not only does this help you study the topics you're learning, but it helps others. If my teacher is teaching me about the digestive system in school, and I'm not quite getting it, I can look it up online. If you were to write about the same subject, I can have it explained differently and maybe it will make sense.
  • Whatever it is you collect- Cards, dolls, cars, books, movies, etc.
  • Recipes
  • How-To guides- as stated before, people are always willing to do some work on their home or do some sort of project. If you know something that others don't, share that knowledge with them.
  • Personal Experiences- If you're comfortable writing about something deep inside you, share it. You may want to just talk about the death of a family member, and don't want to burden people around you by talking about it. Get it off your chest by writing about it. Trust me, this works like a charm.
  • TV shows, Movies, Video games, etc

Hopefull This Helps

If you have any other ideas to get past writer's block, feel free to leave a comment below. I'm sure I didn't cover everything, but I'm sure this will help you get back to writing in no time.


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    • Anjili profile image


      6 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid

      A good share you got here on a serious topic among writers. Thank God, Hubpages has made it easier by introducing the questions subdomain where one can choose a question, research on it and provide an answer for all to read apart from overcoming the block. Voted up and useful

    • johnrapp profile image


      7 years ago

      Great job.


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