Key to Overcoming Writer’s Block

The blank page of the word document stares at you! The words get stuck somewhere. The muse is miles away. The harder you try, the worse it gets. The amazing post that you want to write is not taking any form or shape. You struggle and fluster, you concentrate and stare… the result is still that blank page!! You think it is the headache or you are plain overwrought, but no, it is the dreadful Writer’s Block.Writer's Block

The reasons for a  Writer’s Block could be anything or nothing at all. But the fact is that it is something that you want to be miles away from. And still it is there, staring blankly at you!

They say, writing is hard work and you can make it even harder by accepting the Writer’s Block.

Here are some key pointers that I use to overcome this distressing affliction, the Writer’s Block:

  • Free Write : This works for me always.   Somebody said it so rightly, “Dont get it right, just get it written”. I write whatever comes off the top of my head. I write about something random or my day or the garbled thoughts in my head and voila! I have a post ready. Try it, it works beautifully.
  • Tea : Nothing refreshes me than my mug of tea. Yes, a mug and not a cup, and my grey cells get their oil and grease and they attempt to get their act together.
  • Take a break : A walk in the garden, a swim, listening to some music for a few minutes, chatting with somebody or gentle stretching exercises can be very stimulating and refreshing. This is something that I love, as it kills two birds with one stone.
  • Mundane jobs : I believe mundane jobs help me relax. I am not thinking much and just mechanically removing the clothes from the clothesline or folding them or ironing.  And we all know that a relaxed mind can think better and perform better.
  • Read : Inspiration can strike anywhere. So, I pick up a book or read something on the net or read my favourite blogs and sooner or later, I get the muse back.
  • Time pass : This is the easiest thing to do. Staring at my Facebook wall and Twitter feed can turn the minutes into hours. No, it is not a waste of time. Social media is a BIG goldmine of ideas!
  • Read old posts : This is another thing that I indulge myself with. Reading old posts when that writer’s block is snarling its head up, fills me with that warm happy feeling. It kills the self doubt that silently creeps in. It helps in giving that small push or a reminder that all is well and that I can do it, again!
  • Brain games : It is always fun to tickle the brain with a word puzzle or a bubble breaker or a strategy game. The brain likes challenges and these puzzles certainly help my brain to come out of slumber.

We all are different and different things work for us. But the idea is to figure out what works for us and snap out of that Writer’s Block.

How do you overcome writer’s block?

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47 thoughts on “Key to Overcoming Writer’s Block

  1. Excellent tip. I especially like the tea part and the reading. Good way to replenish the well.
    We forget to take a break, I know I do. Stepping back and gaining a new perspective helps.
    Thank you for sharing this.

  2. Many of these are things I havent really considered ( free write/tea/reading old posts
    ).. I have suffered writers block so many times it isnt even funny 🙂
    I usually look for inspiration in events around me – things I would want to read myself.
    Easy escape routes would be movie/book reviews but i dont do that much these days.
    Definitely prompts ( writetribe / contests ) help in stimulating the mind for me.
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  3. Excellent, ‘nail-on-the-head’ post, Shilpa! This is something that every blogger needs to read. I do pretty much all of the above (Tea being the most obvious one ;). And you are very right when you talk about letting the mind relax and letting the thoughts flow. Nothing like freeing the mind to let it function effectively.
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  4. Great post Shilpa 🙂 I hv so often faced the writers block…reading helps a lot – be it a current book I’m reading, or great blog posts of fellow bloggers or my old posts – works for me! Another is to just sit quietly alone and take in your surroundings…mull over n then pore your heart out!
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  5. One the best ways to battle a writers block is to refresh memories. Look at old pictures or notes. You will be tempted to write about them. Also I join a lot of blogging communities. Their prompts help me beat the block.

    Nice post Shilpa. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
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  6. liked your pointers. Useful take on the prompt.

    Some of what you have written like walk in the garden( for me corridor), stretching exercises, watching the birds building nest, drinking tea:)- i do them not to come out of the writerz block but to relax and keep myself away from system .

    Yes, i do experience writers block, i don’t do any thing about that because i write weekly posts. Some thing or the other comes up in the 7 days.
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  7. I dont know.. i have been facing one for the past 3 weeks.. yes you read me right 🙁 What started as a week long break to make a trip home has ended up in a monstrous block. Been hiding under the guise of a viral (which I did get) but that’s no excuse now is it?
    Your post was a welcome respite for me, will def. give all these points a try 🙂

  8. yeah very much agree.i too try all that and when nothing works.i forget about blogging for 2 to 3 days so that i don’t completely go insane.nice pointers.
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  9. There are times when you are ready to write,subject is decided upon ,mood is just right…but,somehow,it just doesn’t happen.
    And then,something comes to your mind instantly and you have a blog done,done done before you realise .
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  10. The only rare thing about the writer’s block is that I get it often. :mrgreen:
    Thank you for the ideas, I’ll definitely try them.

    When I’m short of ideas, I go for a walk in the nature. And I often end up having lots of ideas. But they are not worth putting on my blog, of course. 🙂
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  11. Totally agree with you ‘Social media’ is a BIG goldmine of ideas- so its not a time pass rather somewhere time utilization if utilized properly!

    Reading old posts have helped in past. Though sometimes reading my favorites put me under more pressure. They make me question myself- ‘when once you were able to write those why not something equally good or better now??’ *Sob!
    Anyway I will surely do some brain stimulating exercises- some brain games or some aptitude tests- that’s a great idea! 🙂

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