How to Kick Writer’s Block and Get Inspired

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Kick writers’ block for good.

Every writer has been there: staring at a blank screen, waiting for the words to arrive. But they don’t. The words don’t come. Some time passes. You wait. But still, the words don’t appear. Maybe they never will.

You sit there feeling frustrated and uninspired.

What’s a writer to do?

Fighting writer’s block is easier than it seems. But sitting there staring at the blank page will only build tension and continue to hinder your creativity by reinforcing the blockage that you’re experiencing. The trick to combating writer’s block is to remove yourself from your writing for a short time and get that creative energy flowing again. Fifteen to thirty minutes ought to do it.

Writing Tips for Blocking Writer’s Block

There are many ways to fight writer’s block. It helps to first figure out what’s causing writer’s block (it’s usually a symptom of some other problem). Oftentimes we’re just not in the mood to write or not ready for our daily writing session.

In cases like this, one way to fight writer’s block is to move your body, which will bring on relaxation and relieve tension. Or do something that gets your mind completely off whatever you’re working on by mentally diving into something different for a while. Close your notebook and put it away, or stand up and walk away from your computer.

Here are a few things you can do to defeat writer’s block:

  1. Exercise. Take your dog for a short walk, or go through some simple stretches or yoga poses. Moving the body gets blood flowing and when blood flows to the brain, you become more productive and more receptive to your inner muse.
  2. Chores. This is a great time to do the dishes. Fold the load of laundry that’s been sitting on the couch for a couple of days. It’s not spring cleaning, just a little daily maintenance that will get your body moving and your mind focused.
  3. People. We have phone calls to make, e-mails to send, and letters to open. Okay, maybe there aren’t many letters to open, just bills and junk mail. But you can take this time to get in touch with friends and family. You’ll be pleasantly surprised when you hang up the phone or click send and suddenly you know exactly what you want to write.
  4. Animals. Take some time to toss around the mouse toy for your cat. How long has it been since you gave your dog a good brushing? Spending quality time with pets has been scientifically proven to have health and relaxation benefits for both you and them, and you’ll find that it does wonders for your writing as well!
  5. Meditate. Meditation serves many purposes. It helps us focus, clears our minds, and promotes relaxation while minimizing stress. Even a brief ten- or fifteen-minute meditation will ease the burden of writer’s block and inspiration will come to you in no time!

Good luck, and let me know if any of these writing tips help you ward off writer’s block by leaving a comment!

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About Melissa Donovan
Melissa Donovan is a website designer and copywriter. She writes fiction and poetry and is the founder and editor of Writing Forward, a blog packed with creative writing tips and ideas.


6 Responses to “How to Kick Writer’s Block and Get Inspired”

  1. Great suggestions, coming at the perfect time for me. Funny how easy it is to forget the simple things you know, when you’re caught in the throes of “block.” Maybe I’ll go for a run!

    Thanks for sharing this.

    • Thanks, Laura! There are a lot of simple things about writing that I know, but I need regular reminders. Recently, I got caught up in the details of a story I was writing and I was clinging to a few of my ideas, which weren’t working. Then I came across a couple of quotes and articles that reminded me to let the story take over and stop trying to force it. Now it’s fully revitalized. Reminders of the simple things are good.

  2. J. Byron says:

    One and three are probably what I rely on most of the time. Another method I use iels Netflix. When I’m trying to do a paper for school, I’ll watch an epispde of whatever to to get my mind off of everything else.

    • Usually when I turn to Netflix, I’m procrastinating. If I watch one episode, I end up watching four episodes, and then I often don’t get my work done. Also, watching video tends to inhibit my creativity. Sometimes I get good ideas; certain shows stimulate my creativity, but when I watch a lot of TV, I find that it makes me creatively tired. I find that reading or any of the five activities I mentioned in the post work a lot better. But if watching Netflix helps you focus, then that’s awesome. These tips aren’t meant as universal instructions for kicking writer’s block; they are simply to inspire writers to think about what works for them and then do it.

  3. Jenn Mattern says:

    Great list!

    Chores are the kicker for me. I hate doing the dishes, except when I’m blocked with work. Then I’ll wash things that are even clean. There’s something oddly relaxing about it that lets my mind wander, and that often gets the gears going again.

    • For some reason, washing dishes is one of the most zen activities. I have no idea why, but I think it has something to do with the water (?). The things we’ll do to postpone our writing!