How To Overcome That Dreaded Writers Block

By | 18/08/2016

If you sit at your computer and your mind goes blank you need to know how to overcome that dreaded writers block

Overcome Writers Block

Hitting The Wall

If you are like me your first reaction is panic.  You search through that idle, useless, lazy brain and come up with nothing, zero, zilch.  When your livelihood depends on you being able to produce some form of writing it is pretty scary when you can’t think of a thing to write.

You have fallen into that writers black hole and you feel like you will never get out of it.  When it happens you feel it is the end of the world.  The question we all ask at this time is ‘WHY??’  Wikipedia lists a few reasons why and you can read through them here if you like but I warn you it is mindlessly boring and it won’t help at all.

The Wikipedia article focuses on the psychological reasons for writers block and that isn’t really what anyone with the problem wants to hear.

What Causes Writers Block?

 Is it just the wrong time?

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A representation of writer’s block by Leonid Pasternak (1862 – 1945) Wikipedia.

Perhaps you have other worries that are occupying your mind right now.  You need to address them before panicking about having writers block.  If the kids are playing up or you have had an argument with your partner then chances are this is blocking your creative juices and preventing you from writing.

Worry beats creativity every time.

   Are You Afraid?

If you are afraid of having other people read your words and critique your writing then this could be what is holding you back.  When you write you feel exposed but if you let your fear take over then you will never write anything.   First you mus Identify  and overcome your fear.  Remember no one is perfect not even your critics.

Need To Be Perfect?

If you are trying to get your post perfect then stop.  Write it and then work on it until you are happy with it.  This is not writers block.

How To Overcome Writers Block.

Overcoming writers block really is different strokes for different folks.  What worked for me may not work for you.  Having said that here are a few of the suggestions I have found for overcoming writers block:

  • Exercise:  Go for a walk in the park and concentrate on your surroundings.  Do not keep thinking about whether it will Overcoem Writers Blockwork or not.  In fact  forget about the problem and enjoy the walk.
  • Remove Distractions:  If you are one of those people who always had music playing or the radio on while your were studying then you could try that.  It blocks out a lot of distractions and can help you to focus.
  • Read something that inspires you:  For me reading poetry inspires me for you it may be inspirational quotes.  If something inspires you then use it.
  • Try reading a book:  If you can lose yourself in a book it is a good way to mentally remove yourself  from the problem.  Removing yourself from the problem can often solve it for you.
  • Have a drink:  Relax with a  coffee or a favorite tea or have a glass of wine or beer.  According to Neil Patel a beer is better for getting the juices flowing again.  I’m not too sure how serious he was about that. He did qualify it by saying one beer not lots of beer.
  • Catch up with a friend:  If you try this talk about anything other than you problem.  The idea is to get away from the problem not load it onto your friend.  It is better if this is a friend who always makes you feel good.
  • Do some cardio work:  When walking doesn’t work then raise your heart rate with a little cardio exercise like running.  This gets the blood flowing and taking more oxygen to that sluggish brain that isn’t doing it’s job today.
  • Brainstorm:  Just start jotting things down as they pop into your head.
  • Free Write:  Start writing anything.  Write about the weather, your neighbors awful garden, how your feet feel in your shoes.  Just start putting words onto the paper or your computer screen.

There are dozens of ways you can try to cure your writers block and you can rest assured there are a few things that will definitely not work EVER.

Avoid These

  • Self pity:  Sitting around feeling sorry for yourself will definitely ensure you don’t get past your writers block.  The fact is it will set it in concrete.
  • Not Writing:  Saying to  yourself you are not going to write until you get some inspiration won’t work.  It has been said by wiser people than me that creativity comes from 80% perspiration and 20% inspiration, so just get on with it.
  • Procrastination:  Putting something off until later, tomorrow or next week will definitely not solve your problem.

The Final Solution

It may be the last thing you want to do but to solve your problem you need to start writing.  It doesn’t matter how Overcome Writers Blockbad it is.  Once you blow up the dam and allow your river of creativity to flow again you can go back and fix it all.  Just jot down a thought here a word or a sentence there.  Somewhere in there you will find the key that unlocks the idea you have been looking for.

When you start writing the ideas will come and you will have vanquished your writers block.  We all hit the wall from time to time but if you genuinely have something to say you will find it eventually.  Just don’t sit back and wait for it to happen, get your whip out and make it happen.

If you have had experience with writers block, or have a tried and true method of overcoming it I would love to hear your comments.  It is the comments that people leave for me that give me the inspiration I need to keep writing so I hope you will help me out with your comments.

Best wishes





6 thoughts on “How To Overcome That Dreaded Writers Block

  1. Margaret Post author

    Hi Gary,

    Naps sound like a good idea but I have never been able to nap. It doesn’t matter how tired I get if I try to take a nap during the day I only sleep for a few minute and then wake up feeling even worse. I really envy you being able to take a nap and I am pleased it works for you.

    Driving works for me. I think the secret is to clear your mind. When I am driving I am focused on the road and changing gears etc so am not stressing about what to write. Once I clear my head the ideas just pop up and I find the ideas I need to write about.

    Thank you for sharing your method with me and I guess it is all about different strokes for different folks isn’t it.

    All the best for your success.


  2. Gary

    You mentioned some terrific ways to deal with writer’s block. Over the years, I’ve learned how to deal with it in my own way.

    Sometimes when I can’t write it’s just because I’m mentally tired. I write a lot and tend to write until I’m exhausted.

    Naps are always a good way of dealing with it. Even if I’m not tired, naps help me relax and relaxation is great for creativity.

    Sometimes I don’t have enough information to start a writing project and need to research some more.

    Other times it might be that I have conflicting approaches to a project and I need to commit to one or the other.

    Walking helps me too.

  3. Margaret Post author

    Hi Brahma,

    Thanks for your comment. I appreciate your input very much.

    I am glad you were able to relax and then go back to writing. I was the same when I started and even now my mind just goes blank. Relaxing does help and I am so glad it is working

    Best wishes here at Wealthy Affiliate. It is the best program I have ever found to learn how to build you online business and the support is truly awesome.

    Best wishes for your success.


  4. Brahma

    Hi Mar!!

    You have done a fantastic Job. This article gives a lot of information how to overcome from block mind. Recently i have started affiliate marketing at WA!. When i tried to write new post/page some times my mind will not work properly, at that moment i sit alone quite and calm take a deep breath, get relaxed. That is working for me. You have a lot of options. Thank you

  5. Margaret Post author

    Hi Owain,

    I think everyone has this problem from time to time. I know I certainly do. When it happens I feel like the well has run dry and I will never write anything again. It always comes back but it does take time. As I get older the time gets longer. Usually it is stress that makes me stall.

    Your method to just keep writing is the best way to overcome the problem and knowing that is very helpful.

    Thanks for your comment and all the best for your future efforts.


  6. Owain

    I too suffer from writers block at times. I have a great idea for a topic but where do I start, or sometimes I’m in the middle of writing and then get stuck. My advice, which you have already stated is to just write. I find that if I just put words down then I can refine it to sound better. But I like your other suggestions as well. Sometimes just taking a break and coming back to it is a good solution.

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