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.
3 thoughts on “10 ways to break through writer’s block”
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.
Thanks! That’s why I love a first draft! It’s a chance to let go and be incredibly creative.