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Writing through Writer’s Block

July 10, 2014

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Writer’s Block. That evil thing that strikes even the best of us. It makes your mind fuzzy and no matter how long you stare at the screen or the page, nothing seems to eventuate. You had a zillion ideas and a gazillion thoughts but for some reason, the words just don’t come out. What do you do?

Well, like me, post the A to Z challenge, you could just throw it all away and hibernate. Go with the flow. Sink further into the ‘block’. Or you could try other strategies which I have previously tried and tested and well, helped unlock the block.

1. Free Write: Free writing is probably one of the best ways to overcome writer’s block. Free Writing is basically just writing non-stop without judging or evaluating for a certain period of time {10 to 20 mins}. For me, when I free write to overcome this hurdle, I actually write. Pen on paper. About anything and everything in my mind. It doesn’t have to be something I publish on the blog or anywhere else but it’s for me. It unlocks the fuzziness and the slump. Sometimes though, you’d be amazed at what can come out of free writing. You could potentially come up with new ideas, new avenues to pursue in your future writing and possibly, a whole new story or blog post!

2. Memes: It’s been a long time since I did one of these but a few years ago, when I’d suffer from writer’s block on the blog, I’d take up a meme or a tag to get going. Whether it was memes about my favourite books or 11 things you need to know about me, it all gets those writing juices flowing.

3. Writing prompts: These days, if you are stuck for ideas, there is no shortage of writing prompts across the web. WordPress has its daily prompt, BlogHer has daily prompts, Write Tribe has a few weekly prompts and of course, there’s Yeah Write which is great for writers. I love writing prompts because if I’m stuck for words, then at least these prompts help plant a seed to get things started. In fact, after a slow May and June, it was through Yeah Write and Write Tribe that I got back my writing mojo. {Of course, I’m still trying to manage the whole engagement side of things!}

4. Reviews: As writers I know we all love reading. If we are ever stuck for ideas, a fail safe one is to write a review. Generally a book review but hey, if movies or theatre interest you, there’s an idea too.

5. Update on a previous post: Have you ever written posts where you set goals for something? Fitness goals or just resolutions? Well, when you are struggling with writer’s block, one of the things you can do is to look back on these posts and update how far you have come. Which reminds me — I need to review how I’ve been going with my resolutions for 2014 given that we are now half way through the year!

6. Write an open letter: We all have a lot to say. Writing an open letter to anyone is a great idea to get writing again. It can be a positive and hopeful letter or it can be one where you feel like venting. Once again, like the free write, you don’t need to publish it, but you never know what you might get out of it.

7. Use a photo: Photos are great for giving you ideas about what to write. Using a photo prompt can once again kickstart the writing process when you are in a slump. It can be a photo from your life or just one you find online that speaks to you.

In the end though, it’s about getting down to it and pushing through the block. It’s about being just that little bit more motivated to write.

Especially if that’s what you want to do.

What do you do to beat that writer’s block?

Do share!

***Linking up with Write Tribe for their Wednesday Prompt***

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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14 Comments

  • Reply Susan July 11, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    SUPER post! Timely for me. I must print this for my writing file.

  • Reply Tina July 11, 2014 at 3:38 AM

    so true, i find prompts and free writes helpful

    Tina from The Sunny Side of Life

  • Reply Mi July 11, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    that’s just what I needed to read! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for this post!
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  • Reply Pixie July 11, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    I really find prompts and tags helpful when I have Writer’s block!
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  • Reply Beloo Mehra July 11, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Some good ideas there to unblock the block! I particularly find the freewrite and open letter quite helpful. And yes movies and photographs too!
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  • Reply usha menon July 11, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    All your suggestions are very thought ful and practical.

  • Reply Corrine July 11, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    These are all SUPERB ideas! At the moment, I don’t have writer’s block as much as I have full-on BRAIN BLOCK (I’m in the last few days of my pregnancy, *groan*!), but these are all excellent suggestions for hoisting me out of it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Shesha Chaturvedi July 11, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    As I am blog-hopping and reading solutions for writer’s block- I am finding something new and fresh in every post! I see bloggers are supporting and helping each other to fight with blogger’s block with their two cents. Thanks a ton! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  • Reply Fab July 11, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Thank you for this, this is a really useful post!!
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  • Reply Shailaja V July 12, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Fabulous ideas and we have some similar methods, I notice. Then again, why does that not surprise me? ๐Ÿ˜‰
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  • Reply richa singh July 12, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    I could do with many points myself ๐Ÿ˜€ All perfectly crafted points to tackle the menace!
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  • Reply Kinmin July 17, 2014 at 1:41 AM

    Some really good ideas here! It’s been ages since I wrote on paper (except planning for experiments), I should do that sometime! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  • Reply vishalbheeroo July 17, 2014 at 6:26 AM

    Memes and Free Write are good ways to kick the block. The daily challenge kill us and I am making a valiant effort to write. Thanks for this one:)

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