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27 Wacky Ways to Beat Writer’s Block

27 Wacky Ways to Beat Writer’s Block

Let me guess…

You’re staring at the blank screen. Your brain is fried. You can feel a headache coming on.

You know you should be writing, but…

You can’t do this anymore. Your muse is gone. Your well of inspiration is empty. Finished.  Stone-dry.

You’re not just bored or tired. No, no. This is far worse:

Writer’s block.

You try to stop your mind wandering off. You try to stop being distracted by your long to-do-list. You try to write, but you feel like everything you do manage to jot down is… well… terrible.

You know you have to keep going, but how? How can you get back into your writing groove?

The truth:

You need to have some fun.

Not take a break, not go for walk, not get some sleep. All of that is fine and good for a simple case of boredom, but the real cause of writer’s block is you’re holding on too tight.

You need to loosen up. You need to go a little crazy. You need to let the goofy side of you out for a little while and get your creative juices flowing again.

Here are 27 wacky ways to get you started:

1. Talk to an imaginary friend

Whether you’ve 10 readers or 10,000, thinking about them makes writing a post daunting.

So, forget about your readers. Instead, create an imaginary friend.

Your friend is a real fan. He (or she) loves everything you write. He supports everything you do.

Give your imaginary friend a name. Create a little drawing or find a picture of a lookalike. Pin this picture on the wall above your desk.

Instead of writing a blog post, start a conversation with your friend. Or write him a letter. Discuss his dreams and challenges. Help him with whatever he is struggling with.

Be a good friend.

2. Curse like a sailor

Feeling a little frustrated?

Well, let it out.

Before you start writing, curse like a sailor. Get angry. Be emotional.

Write something you’re passionate about. Have a good rant. Don’t worry about going too far.

Good writing isn’t about picking the right words. You need to make your audience feel something. Inspire them.

Writing is emotion.

Sure, you’ll have to edit your first draft. You might even decide to toss it.

Just remember: you can correct mistakes in a passionate piece of writing, but you can’t add emotions to a flat post. So, let it rip.

3. Use a different writing tool

Stuck in a creative rut?

Try using a different writing tool.

Switch from Microsoft Word to Google Docs. Or type your post directly into WordPress.

Switch from a serif to a non-serif font. Or try a script font and change your font color to blue. Or my favorite option: Increase your font size.

It seems silly, but it’s amazing how those small changes can make writing interesting again.

4. Take a short trip

Missing your family? Got a friend you haven’t seen in a while?

Well, let’s go see them.

The key:

Don’t drive.

Instead, hop on a bus, a train, or a plane that takes you there. Then challenge yourself to write a short post before you arrive.

My advice: leave your iPad or laptop at home. Just bring your mobile phone or a pad of paper.

And don’t stop writing until you arrive.

5. Chug some caffeine

Okay. Okay. I know caffeine isn’t good for you. But sometimes you need something to keep going. Don’t waste your fantastic ideas just because you can’t keep awake.

Try this schedule: Set a kitchen timer for 25 minutes – or use the focus booster. After 25 minutes of concentrated writing, take a break. Stop even if you feel like finishing a paragraph.

Make yourself a cup of tea or coffee. Start your next 25 minutes and drink your cup of coffee.

Green tea fuels my blog posts. What fuels yours?

6. Stop writing for your readers

Sometimes you just have to write something you want to write. It doesn’t matter whether it suits your blog or not.

Just get on with it. Get it off your chest. Why not?

7. Stop planning your posts

Writing a post outline can speed up your writing. It’s a proven technique.

But it can also suck the joy out of writing.

When you find yourself bored with a particular piece, stop planning. Write whatever comes into your mind. It may all be gibberish, but somewhere you’ll find a precious idea. A thought you can use to create a full post.

8. Embrace messiness

Give your mind time to wander. Get distracted. Embrace serendipity.

Don’t read only blogs about your topic. Don’t just follow industry peers on Twitter. Don’t just read the latest books of thought leaders in your niche.

Go to a random movie. Watch a random channel on TV. Go to a museum. Surprise yourself. Find unexpected metaphors.

The creative process is unpredictable, mysterious, and serendipitous (Malcolm Gladwell). Fuel your creativity by reading outside your niche.

9. Write at a different time

We’re always told about the importance of forming habits and having a fixed writing schedule. Stephen King has a fixed schedule. So does Haruki Murakami. And John Grisham.

Routine habits can be good for creativity. But what if your writing practice gets associated with lack of inspiration, procrastination, and despair?

Break your habit.

Try writing at a different time. Experiment.

10. Write at a different place

Leaving your desk is a proven cure for creative blocks. If you can, take a break and go travelling. If you can’t travel, just drag yourself away from your desk.

Go to a park. Try your local Starbucks or go to the library. Go somewhere that’s not associated with work.

Take your iPad and write wherever your feet take you.

11. Go to a bookstore

If you’re lucky, your bookstore sells coffee and tea. So, make yourself comfortable, find the shelf with books about your niche, and open up your notepad. (Thank you to Sean d’Souza for this idea.)

Look through the table of contents of each book to find blog post ideas. Write them down in your notepad.

Don’t leave the bookstore until you’ve written down 10 ideas for new blog posts. And if you’re enjoying yourself, outline one or two posts in your notepad while finishing your cup of coffee.

Don’t read any further than the table of contents. You should write the content of your blog post yourself (of course).

12. Wash the dishes

Do you get your best ideas in the shower?

Your brain needs to relax before coming up with an insight. Staring at your computer screen might work counterproductive.  Trying to force an insight might actually prevent the insight from appearing.

If you don’t want to waste water by showering three times a day, try other routine tasks: Hoover your room. Fold the laundry. Or wash the dishes. Above all: Relax.

13. Create your own merry-go-round

Done all your household chores? Or just don’t feel like cleaning again?

Try this alternative routine: walk around in circles. Or just pace up and down your room.

Seems silly, I know, but sometimes just the simple act of movement can get you going. Give it shot.

14. Shut down your computer

In his book Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon describes his digital and his analogue desk. The analogue desk is where his work is born. The digital desk is for editing and publishing.

Come on. Shut down your computer. Get a pen and paper. Or pencils, markers, and index cards. Get the feeling that you’re making something. It will inspire you.

15. Browse your photo albums

Sharing tidbits about yourself is a good way to build up a relationship with your readers.

Browse your photo album to find anecdotes to share; and link these stories to your topic. That’s how I came up with the idea of comparing cycling trips with surviving a content marketing journey.

Remind yourself of who you are. Think about the lessons you’ve learnt. Who has inspired your career? How have your travels influenced your thinking?

16. Stop worrying about grammar

Trying to write the perfect post can discourage you from writing.

Stop trying to be perfect.

Accept your first draft may be crappy. Just write as fast as you can. Editing can come later.

17. Goof around on Facebook, LinkedIn or Google Plus

Social media can be a huge time suck. We all know that.

But if you’re stuck and don’t know what to write about, then social media is a rich mine full of precious ideas.

Give yourself half an hour. Interact and ask some questions. Enjoy yourself.  Above all, absorb what others are talking about. You’re bound to find a good idea.

Just be sure to set a timer. You don’t want to get lost out there.

18. Start in the middle

You know you need to draw a reader into your post with a fantastic introduction. That’s true. But trying to write the perfect opening can obstruct your writing process.

Leave your introduction for later. Just get going with your post.

19. Reread your glory posts

Feeling down?

You’ve lost your mojo and doubting your writing skills. It happens to all bloggers at some stage.

Remember that post you’ve written a while back? Your best ever post?

Go back and read the post. Word by word. You see how good you are?

That talent didn’t go anywhere. It’s still inside you.

Sometimes we just need a little reminder.

20. Take a cigarette break

Whoa. A smoke?

Well, you don’t have to light up. But a cigarette break takes about five minutes. And that’s the perfect time to recharge yourself.

The secret to creative productivity is to take breaks while you’re still in a flow. It helps you to get started again after your break.

If you don’t crave a cigarette every so often, good for you! Just set a timer to take a break.

Don’t spend your break tweeting, liking, and plussing. That’s not truly relaxing.

Spend five minutes staring out of the window. Stand outside on your porch or balcony and listen to the traffic. Or watch the clouds float by. As if you’re a lonely smoker.

 21. Listen to the rain

What’s the most relaxing sound?

When you take your “cigarette” break to stare out of the window, switch on the sound of rain.

 22. Be a misfit

Being a blogger isn’t about conforming to the norms.

Don’t feel the pressure to be like your hero bloggers. You have to stand out on the web. You have to be YOU.

Accept you’re a misfit. Just like me. Just like Jon. Just like all other bloggers.

Be yourself. Enjoy yourself. Because your enthusiasm is contagious.

 23. Steal ideas

Is your wish to be original blocking you?

Learn how to steal ideas and make them your own. Snatch post ideas from different writers, but don’t copy outright.

Read widely. Mix ideas from scientists and artists. Plunder quote books.

As Austin Kleon says: “All creative work builds on what came before.”

24. Read health magazines

I won’t lecture you about keeping fit. You know that.

But health magazines are one of the best sources for headline and blog post inspiration.

For instance, the idea to write 36 Quick Fixes to Jumpstart Lifeless Business Blogs came from the headline Food Fixes for Insomnia.

You don’t have to go out and spend money to buy a few magazines. Read covers of Men’s Health Magazine or Women’s Health Magazine online. Or check out the health section on Amazon.

25. Reread your first ever blog post

If you’ve been blogging for six months or more, you’ve written a lot. And you’ve learnt a lot.

Go back to your first few blog posts.

Find one you can rewrite. Add new insights, new arguments, and new examples.

Voila. You got a new post.

26. Create weird challenges

Is writing becoming a chore? Fed up with writing how-to posts?

Create new challenges to have some fun. For instance:

  • Introduce a new metaphor in your next post. Or set the bar higher by stipulating your metaphor has to some from sports, or movies, or cooking.
  • Estimate your average post length and challenge yourself to write a post in 20% fewer words.
  • Try alliteration. Or rhyming. Or onomatopoeias.
  • Use the power of three. How often can you introduce three of something?

Tickle your brain to make writing fun.

27. Get your inner critic on your side

The difference between good and great bloggers is your inner critic. As Mike Monday says:

A good producer and a great producer have the same number of ideas – some good, some great. But a great producer will know the difference.

Your inner critic can help you become a better blogger. So how do you get him on side?

Start writing a few practice paragraphs. You’re just warming up. Listen to your inner critic to see how you can improve. Write and edit as you go.

Your inner critic doesn’t need to be your enemy. Make him your friend.

The truth about writer’s block

Writing is hard work. There’s no doubt about that.

But you can make it even harder by accepting writer’s block.

Don’t become a tortured genius.

Choose to get on with writing.

Experiment. Find out what works for you. Write where and when you like. Be as crazy as you like to be.

Come on. Have fun. Let’s try something wacky.

About the Author: Henneke Duistermaat is a marketer and copywriter. She’s on a mission to stamp out gobbledygook and to make dull companies charming. Sign up to receive free copywriting and content marketing tips at Enchanting Marketing.

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  1. Shelly
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 05:25:09

    Interesting how you always come up with some curious yet effective ways to get over obstacles. Writers block is a pain and although we’ve heard and tried stories of how to get over ’em they still come back. #27 is a real winner. But I’ll be using them all. Rest assured Jon, you’re place on the “useful blogger” board is secure.

    • Jon
      Apr 16, 2013 @ 08:05:09


    • Yari Lendy
      Jun 13, 2013 @ 10:09:58

      Trouble is I have a lot of ideas that I want to run with at the moment. The chore for me is to narrow it down and then do what this post says to do. Narrowing it down to only one is the problem as I like all my ideas!

  2. Coach Comeback
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 05:25:30

    HA! What an excellent list!

    I will NOT.. repeat.. NOT reread my first blog post! HAHAHAHA I shudder just thinking about it.

    I could say that about my entire first blog actually.

    I do love “start in the middle”. Using mindmaps and Scrivener religiously… I most always write my long posts in different, usually unrelated, sections. Works great.

    • Henneke | Enchanting Marketing
      Apr 16, 2013 @ 06:30:51

      Do you use mindmap software or the paper variant? I find it hard to be creative while working on a computer. I prefer sketching out some initial ideas on a sheet of paper.

      • Jeffree Green Span
        Apr 17, 2013 @ 07:41:26

        A lot of guys, when they get to prison and start doing their time, take to writing as a way to pass the time. Some of the stuff they come up with is amazing and their stories get passed around for the other cons to read – another way to pass the time. I would like to see the warden at some prisons establish an experimental ‘writers block’ to help serious writers develop their craft. It would be perfect for some.

  3. Coco
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 05:27:45

    I like to cook, yet still, I often cook a lot of something at once (because, as my sister once told me: “You never met a recipe you didn’t want to triple.”), and then I think, “Ha! I’ll never have to cook again!”

    And I do the same thing with writing. I spend time writing something and polishing it all up until I’m well-pleased, and then I think, “Ha! I’ve written! Now what?!”

    So what is this resistance I have to washing-rinsing-repeating?

    I like your list, Henneke, and will share it with my writer friends because these are great idea boosters and things to get the heart racing.

    But I confess that writer’s block for me is usually not a matter of being stuck or out of ideas; rather, it’s a matter of not starting. I simply have to start far more often so that I write far more.

    So the best thing about this post is that it just gets me to start.

    • Henneke | Enchanting Marketing
      Apr 16, 2013 @ 06:33:08

      That’s a good point, Coco.

      Sometimes I tell myself I only have to start writing and write a few minutes. If only I write one sentence… and then somehow the rest usually follows.

      Thanks for sharing!

  4. Jon
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 05:31:18

    Can’t read your article because of your floating sign-up box- I’m already a subscriber. Irritating

    • Jon
      Apr 16, 2013 @ 08:05:45

      Are you on a mobile device? It should be floating in the sidebar, not over the content.

    • Travis Noble
      Apr 16, 2013 @ 12:12:59

      I’m on IPhone. Had the same issue. Just click the little minus sign on the top of the box and it will go away.

      Thanks for the article.

  5. Kirsty
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 05:38:16

    Be a misfit! I love that one the best, and it fits in so well with not writing for your readers.

    As soon as you let go of the writing/blogging ‘rules’ the ol’ creative juices tend to start flowing I find…

  6. Terence
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 05:52:29

    Read an article in Writer’s Digest 40 years ago about writer’s block. Its message never left me.

    The writer, whose name I’ve long forgotten claimed – and I agree – that writer’s block often results from our wanting to get it RIGHT the first time.

    The solution: do a dump. Don’t care about good grammar, structure, logic, sequence or any of the thousands of things you will ultimately sort out.

    No, instead, just write. Edit later. As Hemingway famously said “there are no good writers; only good rewriters.”

    • Henneke | Enchanting Marketing
      Apr 16, 2013 @ 06:34:48

      Yep, David Ogilvy said something similar: “I am a lousy copywriter, but I am a good editor. So I go to work editing my own draft.”

  7. Tina
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 06:29:04

    Really interesting post and this came at just the right time since I’m preparing a guest post at the moment.

    Worst time to get writer’s block right? I guess its the pressure of writing on a bigger blog than mine that’s gotten me so frozen up.

    Going to try no.10 and 18. My room is too distracting to stay here and write.

    Thanks for the the really cool post =)

    • Henneke | Enchanting Marketing
      Apr 16, 2013 @ 06:55:59

      Sounds familiar, Tina. Try to forget you’re writing a guest post. Just imagine writing a regular post. Good luck!

  8. Rachelle Strauss
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 07:10:34

    Hey Henneke,

    Thanks for a great post, sharing one of those scenarios we all dread experiencing as busy bloggers!

    I particularly loved the idea of hopping on a bus or train – I would use the journey itself as the catalyst for writing; perhaps through people watching or noticing the first billboard I see and focusing on the inspiration it provides.

    Today I’ve just gotten back in from taking a short walk – it’s a bracing wind out there and even though I’m super busy and there are many ‘oughts’ flying around my head, taking that break helps get the creative juices flowing.

    What I’m doing this month, that may help some of your readers staring at the blank screen, is participating in an ‘A to Z Challenge’ – each day I take a letter of the alphabet and create a post around it; it’s forcing me to think outside the box and expand my blogging horizons.

    I’ve tackled this topic myself with an ebook called ’33 ways to beat bloggers block’ which is available on my site – I’d love to send you a free copy if you’re interested; just let me know!

  9. Deb Dutilh
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 07:32:19

    Henneke, thanks for an encouraging post filled with great ideas. I work at home and until reading this I got “distracted” and my inner critic made me feel guilty about doing some housework, taking too many breaks or sometimes not taking any at all, when I ought to be working. You’ve given me permission so no more dirty dishes sitting too long in the sink!

  10. Karen Cioffi
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 08:08:47

    I did number 23 with an ancient Chinese tale and turned it into a children’s MG book.

    For number 17, if you use Pinterest you can get lost for the day.

    Great post; I shared it.

  11. Sherice Jacob
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 08:51:14

    I love that term “Analog Desk”. I had one of those as a kid… with a *gasp* typewriter on it! I’m going to have to reconnect with that old fashioned pencil-and-paper thing. Some of my best ideas come from actually writing something down.

    I’d like to add a #28: Spend time with your pets and/or young children. There’s something remarkable about their innocence and pure joy. It certainly makes whatever’s holding you back seem trivial and not worth straining your brain on!

    • Henneke | Enchanting Marketing
      Apr 16, 2013 @ 13:58:44

      Good addition, Sherice.

      Unfortunately, I got only one desk so it’s a little difficult to create a separate analogue desk, but I do move my keyboard out of the way sometimes to scribble on a piece of paper. It’s magic how well that works.

  12. Mysia Lee Haight
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 08:59:40

    Great post! I work and write from home–in an upstairs bedroom converted into a cozy little office. My trick for getting unstuck: running up and down the stairs!

  13. Jen
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 09:44:53

    I love #10 write at a different place. I know this works for me, but I always forget to do it. Though that could also be related to the fact that I usually find my creative streak late at night when nothing is open and the park is super creepy haha.

    #11 go to a bookstore is a fantastic idea! I love going to bookstores just to relax but I never think to look for ideas there.

    #5 is great! I read somewhere (wish I could remember where) that caffeine actually stimulates creativity in the brain.

    But I tend to prefer wine. 😉

    (Also, so glad to see you guest posting on Jon’s blog, Henneke! :D)

  14. Claire Dyard
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 09:48:58

    OK! I’ve been doing it from time to time.

    3 – There are times when I can’t write. I switch off the PC and use… the iPhone. Then, I can write a lot!

    10 – The smallest room of the house! When I’m here, with the iPhone of course, I’m comfortable and no writer’s block!

  15. Mercedes
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 10:51:18

    Thank you Jon for sharing all these ideas.

    I am in the process of writing my first book, and I was haunted by the enormous task. So I was not writing at all.
    I finally got to a point where I felt that my book was aching within me and I needed to let it out! So I am writing one hour a day, come hell or high water.

    Most of the time, I am not “feeling” it in the beginning, but after five minutes of rambling in the keyboard, the message starts to come out.

    The key for me is to never, ever stop typing (not even to re-read something that I liked, and never to correct while I’m doing my first draft).
    I just type along, as crazy, until the book starts showing up.

    Thank you for your awesome resources. I really enjoyed your post on Stephen King’s “On Writing”.
    I read that book lately and it was the best read of the year so far for me.

  16. James G.
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 11:17:21

    I like to stretch or do something physical for a few mins.
    That seems to help me get over the Writer’s block.
    Thanks, Jon

  17. Dave Young
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 11:21:28

    I love these suggestions. Regarding that “inner critic”…sometimes it’s best to tie up and gag the inner critic, just to let the creativity flow out of your right brain. We get great comments about our free topic generation exercise. It uses a sneaky time-based technique to silence the inner critique long enough to allow the creativity to flow. You can get 64 topics onto paper in 37 minutes. No kidding.

  18. Patricia Lotich
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 11:58:58

    I found this on one of those days! Thanks for helping me out of the funk!

  19. Laura Bacci
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 12:42:32

    Hi Henneke,
    Thanks for this post! It’s wacky and fresh and sort of makes you want to work your way down the list to actually start writing again… plus get the chance to do all these crazy things and have fun! Laura

    • Henneke | Enchanting Marketing
      Apr 16, 2013 @ 14:01:08

      Yep, for me making sure I’m having fun is essential. Thanks for your comment, Laura.

      And this was a fun post to write :)

  20. Roberta Budvietas
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 13:06:43

    One great way that helps me is to talk to my husband about something that I saw in someone else’s blog and suddenly as if by magic, it is a topic for my blog. Now if I could just do that for guest blogging topics I would be really happy. I laughed at some of your suggestions especially the curse like a sailor – today they may no longer be the greatest cursors around.

  21. Karen Zeigler
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 14:56:50

    As an Idea Maniac I must say writer’s block in the way you pose it is not my problem. I currently have a list of 25 post ideas and growing. In fact, twieet me any day of the week if you want to brainstorm ideas!! I LOVE ideas…I think I said that already. My block comes more in the lines of resistance/fear. :/ however I still learned so much from this great post. Especially loved #1 whiled I’d rather get a real job that do #12! Lol! Thanks for fighting thru the writers block and making another great post!

  22. Leah McClellan
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 18:31:57

    Some great ideas Henneke! Taking a break in one way or another (like you say, taking a walk, whatever) is the best thing for me. I don’t suffer much from a complete block on a rough draft; it’s the editing sometimes and whether I can really make this or that work and how.

    Sometimes getting some chores or must-do items off my list helps too because it gets clutter or worry out of my brain.

    But the best thing when I need ideas is taking some kind of a break, even for just 5 minutes–absolutely.

    • Henneke | Enchanting Marketing
      Apr 17, 2013 @ 08:34:00

      Giving myself permission to take breaks, has made a huge difference to my productivity. Thank you for your comment, Leah.

  23. Harleena Singh
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 19:06:33

    Hi Henneke, and welcome to Jon’s blog :)

    What a wonderful topic of discussion because this surely is something most bloggers go through – writers block :)

    I liked the ways you shared here, and while I do follow most of them when I get blank sometimes, I really believe that if you enjoy blogging and it becomes your passion with time, you have less of these blocks. I guess those who put up daily posts or every alternate days might be facing this problem.

    The key according to me lies in the fact that you should write when you are focused in your work. I don’t think your mind would turn blank then, or you wouldn’t know what to write. But I guess it differs from person to person too.

    Speaking of myself, I guess being a professional freelance writer and blogger – my work is to write! And I write a lot, whether it’s my blog posts, project work, or even replying to the comments on my blog (which are mini posts in themselves!) – all of that is writing. I never really get into such blocks, or perhaps my mind is always floating around with creative ideas that are just waiting to be penned down. However, when these is work pressure and pending projects etc., and when there’s stress all around – I do experience writers block, though it’s rare.

    Thanks for sharing these ways with us. Have a productive week ahead, both of you . :)

  24. Jamie Wyatt
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 20:47:48

    GREAT Post!

  25. Debbie
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 08:41:42

    I like the Friend idea. Creating a friend. I can do this. one thing that you have taught me Jon is to be myself. Bring the me out in my writing. Great post and always love hearing your wisdom.
    Thanks Jon.

  26. Margaret Webster
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 10:35:33

    Love this post, Henneke. I listen to opera. I find hearing the human voice in a language that I don’t understand unleashes my creativity. And the sublime music helps too. (Today, it’s “Theodora” by Handel.)

  27. Margaret Webster
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 10:42:44

    Of course, “Theodora” is in English – which I do understand. But it still works. [scarlet face]

    • Henneke | Enchanting Marketing
      Apr 17, 2013 @ 13:02:50

      That’s an interesting idea, Margaret. I can’t listen to music while writing, but maybe a dose of music beforehand works. I’ll have to try it :)


  28. Alanna Parke Kvale
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 13:05:53

    Great tips! Think I’ll go & try a few right now. Keep up the good work!

  29. Tom Southern
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 08:45:58

    Excellent list Henneke. Two more ways I’ve found help – one helps with the “blank page horror” which is to copy out the first page of a novel, or if writing a blog post, a blog post – soon, the ideas comes tumbling. My problem is reining them in.

    The second, running along similar lines to talking to your imaginary friend, is to talk to one of the characters in your novel. Or talking to your ideal reader. Wacky? Wait till you find yourself arguing with your imaginary friend over something you’re writing about!

    • Henneke | Enchanting Marketing
      Apr 20, 2013 @ 11:39:36

      Haha, fighting with your imaginary friend?

      Actually, I could see that happening. Mine keeps shaking his head. He’s usually right, so I give in 😉

  30. Mark Hermann
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 08:57:43


    Really cool ideas. #3 really resonates with me. As a songwriter, I write on the guitar. Been doing it for decades. There comes a point when you’ve used every chord you know in every imaginable way and you can’t stand to write one more song this way because you feel you’re just beating a dead horse.

    Then I discovered alternate tunings. That means you tune the strings differently. Now all the relationships between the strings have changed and all the chords you know just evaporated. So you end up relearning the instrument and every new chord you find has a totally different feel and color. Everything feels fresh again. Suddenly, new songs get written. Voila!

    I went for a couple of years before tuning my guitar to standard again. Then when I finally did, THAT felt fresh and new again.

    Great reminder to try with writing.


  31. Ben Aitken (NTF)
    Apr 20, 2013 @ 03:40:09

    Superb post! I have 4 dogs, they don’t mind going on extra walks, if I feel like I’m getting jammed down I pick up a couple of leads and get walking. Fresh air and dogs is a wonderful way to free the brain. My best ideas often come when I’m half way round the walk, I then grab my smartphone and voice record my idea and BOOM! I’m itching to get back to get writing again. In short the getting away from the desk idea works best, for me anyway :)

    Brilliant post again

    Ben (NTF)

    • Henneke | Enchanting Marketing
      Apr 20, 2013 @ 11:44:00

      Thank you, Ben. Glad to hear you enjoyed it. :)

      I often “write” blog posts while riding my bike. Just tricky sometimes to remember and write it quickly down when I get home.

  32. Anthony
    Apr 21, 2013 @ 04:18:07

    Just excellent! I enjoyed it as well as took home lots of ‘learning’. Everything is valuable;however, I got inspired by–‘Read widely. Mix ideas from scientists and artists.’

    The effect is instant. I’m writing a new post now mixing science and art work.

    Whooh! I’m still smiling now. Thank you. I look forward to more of your pieces.


  33. Nikki
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 12:21:22

    I suffer from writers block often. Ideas come to me so quickly when I’m away from the computer screen. That’s why it’s so annoying that my creativity wanes when it’s time to get down to work.

    One of my hacks is to write important points down on index cards. One idea per card.

    Then I use speech recognition software as I just talk out whatever I know and feel about the topic.

    After that, it’s pretty much just editing and rearranging.

  34. Table Tennis Blog
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 12:41:31

    Cool tips. From time to time everyone has a writer’s block and it’s good to know how to actually fight with it. Thanks for the post ! :)

  35. David Cunningham
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 14:11:27

    What a great and thought provoking list. When notice of it came in I was practicing several of the suggestions I was off on a short break with my most insightful critic — my wife. The computer was off and remained off. We were on the Wind River Indian Reservation and among other things enjoying conversations with a resident Lakota friend whose perspective is refreshing and direct.

    Survival there is tenuous at best with abject poverty everywhere. Talk about clearing one’s mind! I’ll be carefully examining the list to see how I can apply it.

  36. kamal yadav
    Apr 23, 2013 @ 03:31:54

    thanks for the 27 points they are nice and preffered many information

  37. Justin
    Apr 25, 2013 @ 17:25:34

    Some really good pointers there, i live in the city so it can be quite noisy where i live so i like to take a break and have lunch at a hotel or take a trip, that way it gives me some time to write and definitely gets me in the mood. I think as long as your not sitting in front of a computer screen all day and getting out in the fresh air, it’s easy to come up with creative ideas to blog about, always have a notepad or your phone handy :)

  38. Jeannette Paladino
    Apr 28, 2013 @ 20:44:09

    I find that if I’m frozen at the computer I just start typing gibberish — I hit all the keys as fast as I can, just nonsense, not even words. It’s relaxing and all of a sudden you start to form words. We all self-edit too much. I also subscribe to another of your pointers: I will occasionally write totally off topic because I want to get something off my chest — like the poor service I received at a department store and Delta’s signage on its premium economy seats called “Comfort economy.” I was on my way to my “uncomfortable” regular economy seats. I couldn’t believe a huge airline could make such a blunder. I had fun with that post!

  39. Matt Brennan
    May 07, 2013 @ 08:40:44

    Really interesting post. I’m also a fan of Steal Like An Artist. These are some good suggestions. The bottom line is when you’re feeling stuck, you have to shake up your routine!

  40. LeadGenix
    May 14, 2013 @ 14:53:51

    What a fun article! Can’t wait to try all of these tips when writer’s block hits. Thanks!

  41. Sherry Andrus
    May 17, 2013 @ 23:22:19

    OMG! I was totally cracking up. What a great post. I think part of the reason I was laughing is cuz I’ve tried a lot of those ideas and it actually works! I am totally sharing this with my team. Thanks!

  42. Mike
    May 24, 2013 @ 15:26:38

    Great ideas. If I’m stuck or in a rut, I like to go somewhere quiet for awhile and just totally clear my mind. Taking a short walk to the park and getting on the swings (yes, swings!) like when I was a kid really helps me relax!

  43. Hannes Uys
    May 26, 2013 @ 05:24:48

    #17 might be just waste time and #20 could be a health risk? I could add: Have a note book handy most of the time and jot down ideas that pop into your mind at times that you least expect it. I agree with you Henneke; forcing to write a post will make the situation worse. Great post by the way!

  44. Justin Westbrooks
    May 30, 2013 @ 10:53:12

    For me, I definitely find that turning off my computer and traveling somewhere new is the key. Especially if I’m able to find a place that’s comfortable and out of the norm, that’s the best. Oh, and caffeine does help a little :) My team and I are constantly thinking of new ways to be creative and get past writing blocks. Thanks for sharing! I’m going to write these down!

  45. Nick Alexander, 8th Grade
    Oct 27, 2013 @ 23:07:26

    Well, I came here to beat my writer’s block…

    Enter the world of the stressed 13-year-old 8th Grader. He feels lost, mindless. He tries to write something. He feels like the world’s odds are against him. “Why are there so many distractions everywhere!?!?!? Oh man, I’m dead. It’s already 9:00 and I haven’t even started my essay! Arggh, I never have any good ideas when I need them!”
    The 8th Grader curses and sighes to himself. “I’ll figure this out. Ooh, I have and idea.” The 8th Grader opens a tab on his computer. He types on his computer: “I..have…writer’s…block.” He clicks on the first link that come up. “”27 Wacky Ways to Beat Writer’s Block”. Hm. Let me check it out…” And so, the saga concludes…

    Thanks, whoever wrote this! It helped me incredibly!!!!!!

  46. MCS Gal
    Nov 15, 2013 @ 21:45:54

    You’ve got some great ideas.
    The quickest ways to cure my writers block is (1) Shut down my computer – the minute it shuts down I think of something great to write and by the time it boots up I have forgotten what it was. Or (2) Be involved in a project I can’t stop – once I get to a point I can make notes, I may remember the idea but not the great sentences.

  47. John Scherber
    Feb 15, 2014 @ 15:13:15

    I stumbled into writer’s block in 1968 and didn’t get out for 37 years. This is one experience that led to my book of writing tips, A Writers Notebook: Everything I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was Starting Out. Writing it, I imagined the self I am today, after 19 books, standing next to my younger self, ready to answer any question. There’s a sample on my website:

  48. Ashley John
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 05:13:04

    Brilliant post. I agree that writing is the best way to cure Writer’s Block. It’s the only thing that works for me. I just put my head down and write until I stop thinking about it and the words just flow naturally!

    I wrote a similar post of Writer’s Block tips and tricks over on my blog

  49. David S
    Sep 10, 2014 @ 14:37:26

    I’m surprised nobody mentioned the Writer’s Block Instant Cure video. It works for me every time:

  50. Arnolds Muziekschool
    Oct 31, 2014 @ 04:32:56

    Crazy Post but I love It!

  51. Riley
    Dec 11, 2014 @ 15:23:41

    Great advice! I think your advice was very creative and it would take very talented people to come up with that! Thank you so much!

    P.S. Please post ideas about kid books. :)

  52. Sreekanth
    Feb 20, 2015 @ 01:11:03

    I just Go through your article. Its interesting. Recently i also wrote an article about writers block. If time allows check this
    expect more similar articles from you

  53. Olga ("Allowing Life")
    Mar 09, 2015 @ 16:44:49

    These are great ways, thank you very much! Some surprising, which already get the creative juices going :)

    I have three more for myself:

    1. Finding a relieving thought, then one more, one more and one more. Some call it a Focus Wheel, I call it a Focus Delight. When I start feeling better, ideas start coming by themselves, and it’s compelling them to write them down, to share them. What I love in this method, is that writing is then much easier and much more fun.

    2. Words: instead of writing consecutively, I write “words that I would use on the subject.” For example, today’s words I wrote: model, self-coaching, feeling better, important, etc. Then the next step is taking each word and elaborating a bit. May be kind of free writing. By the way, free writing by itself is a great tool, too.

    3. A stack of Taro cards or some other inspirational cards, you know? I just pull one randomly, and it gives me an idea. :) It can also be good to pull several and see what they have in common, what idea unites them. Pure guidance :)

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