10 ways to break through writer’s block

I’m convinced every writer suffers from some amount of writer’s block now and again. A serious writer isn’t someone who never gets blocked, but rather someone who fights through it. If you’re feeling blocked, here are ten strategies I like to use to get the words flowing again.

1. Step back and read some or all of your draft to get a sense of where you stand and where the story’s headed.

2. Write in a new place, like a coffee shop or a library.

3. Take a walk.

4. Listen to music that reminds you of the story.

5. Fill out a character sheet or two. (Chuck Wendig has a great example here.)

6. Work on your outline.

7. Find pictures that inspire you. Pinterest and DeviantArt are good places to start.

8. Read books that have a tone or theme that relates to your story.

9. Read authors whose prose inspires you to write better.

10. Sit back down at the keyboard and try again.

Good luck!

Featured image by Lance Cpl. James B. Hoke (www.usmc.mil) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

3 thoughts on “10 ways to break through writer’s block

  1. Ellen says:

    Sarah — Great advice! When I get stuck, I remind myself it’s a draft and I can do anything I want. I can introduce unicorns and aliens into a mystery if I want, and edit them out later. Giving myself permission to do whatever I want is usually enough to get me going again.

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