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Steps to cure writer's block and become a prolific writer

Updated on November 14, 2014
A change of scene from your regular workstation can help you overcome writer's block.
A change of scene from your regular workstation can help you overcome writer's block. | Source

Zap your writer’s block and start writing

Have you ever wondered how some prolific authors manage to churn out so much writing in a day?

Well-known children's writer Enid Blyton is said to have written almost 10,000 words everyday. This is not surprising when one sees the sheer volume of books that this British author authored during her lifetime.

Maybe you are reading this because you want to be able to write more than you are currently able to do but unfortunately you are stuck in a mental rut.

Or perhaps you are full of good intentions but find it difficult to write because it feels like no bright light bulbs are switching on in your brain and all your usual creativity appears to have deserted you. Many writers suffer from this state of mind every now and then.

It's a common malaise that affects your creativity and is infamously called Writer’s Block.

What to do when writer's block strikes

This leads us to the next question: “How do you stop writer’s block and start writing?”

Fortunately, this is a fairly common problem that almost every writer goes through from time to time. I’ve found that the solution to both writer’s block and producing more content is to just write down whatever your brain thinks. Don’t process those thoughts or edit them – Mental editing is the worst thing to do while down with writer’s block – just put it all down in writing.

Writing down random thoughts helps unlock those locked up grey cells in the cerebrum.

Sometimes, the best thing you can do when you feel unable to is just to push your way through the wall and write away. Even if it is only to write, "What do I write now?"

Everything tends to become easier when you practise it enough. According to author Malcolm Gladwell, it takes approximately ten thousand hours of practice to become skilled at doing anything. This is where a daily writing exercise can help you.

Develop a daily habit of writing everyday. Decide how many hours you will write and stick to it. If you do this everyday for six weeks, you will develop a writing habit and it will become easier to write as you develop the patience and endurance that is necessary to become a prolific writer.

If all else fails, a change of scene may be necessary to break through the mental barrier and set the creative juices flowing again. You can go for a walk, observe people around you and describe to yourself what they are doing. Or you can spend some time with friends or a pet or even just daydream a little to turn the pressure off.

Mental relaxation often sets the creative flow going again. This is why many ad agencies and some offices have a space for their employees to relax so that they can be more productive after a break.

Go for a walk to clear your head!
Go for a walk to clear your head! | Source

Accountability and Focus!

Think about the times you have achieved a milestone. Perhaps it was at your workplace or a personal goal. There may have been a strategy or plan that you followed to meet your deadline or target. You were able to achieve your goal because you had a target in view and you worked towards it every day.

How does this apply to what becoming a prolific writer?

When you have a target, it can spur you on to the finish line. Staying accountable to yourself or getting someone's help can work wonders.Set a doable goal for yourself. When you have reached this milestone, set a slightly harder goal and keep following this method progressively. You may surprise yourself at just how productive you can get.

When you compete with yourself, it acts as a type of accountability and helps you know exactly how far you have to go and what you need to do to get there.

Give yourself daily and weekly targets to shoot for

These tips will help you write more and reach your ultimate goal of becoming a prolific writer:

Make some daily goals. Better still make them SMART goals.

SMART is an acronym that stands for:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Relevant
  • Time-bound

Use an excel worksheet to keep track of what you will do everyday.

Be specific about how many hours and how many words you want to write. Be realistic about it and set a comfortable target to begin with.

Decide how much output you will try for every day. Can you write one piece every day? If so, establish some ground rules.

Write every day.

Write something. It doesn’t matter what it is about.

If you want to write about something difficult, write something happy/easy along with it so your mind doesn’t go into a paralysis.

Jot down ideas for further writing exercises.

Edit only after the writing is done. Or even better edit it the next day to make it a less subjective and more publishable piece. Save this as a different version.

Write something random if no better ideas occur.

Get online and read. Think back to your favorite childhood storybooks and read them again. It can help unblock your creativity.

Do some research. Look for ideas about what you can publish online.

Check in every day to measure how well you are able to follow this routine.

Publish your writing online. Hubpages is a good place to start you on your writing career.

Get ready to see some amazing results!

If you write a piece everyday, you will wind up with 30 or more pieces of writing every month.

Of these, you can publish at least a few online.

In a year, you would have written 365 pieces of writing!

  • Use this to create a strong online presence. Plus, a greater body of published work.
  • Earn online from revenue sharing sites.
  • Create passive income streams with your writing.
  • Treat yourself to a reward like a new laptop.

There it is. Follow these easy steps and you will be well on your way to becoming a prolific writer within a few days.

What do you do to overcome writer's block?

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    • write-with-coffee profile image

      Maria K 3 years ago from Bangalore

      Chris, thanks for reading. You're such a prolific writer and I hope to read more and more of your stories.

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      Chris Mills 3 years ago from Missoula, Montana at least until March 2018

      Oh, how often I need this. Thank you for all the helpful tips. The video has some very good ideas for this problem. I'll be using these as needed.

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      Maria K 3 years ago from Bangalore

      Hi Elsie, I'm glad you found my hub useful. Physical activity does wake up the whole body and mind. I'm trying to apply the six weeks rules to developing more new useful habits.

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Very useful info. I find that I write the best after a hard couple of hours weeding in the garden. I will do it for a couple of days then miss out days. I can see your point about doing it for about six weeks and write about anything. I will start it up today as I have only written one short story and want to do more. Thanks.