I believe there are two kinds of writer’s block:
- The kind where you have to step away from creative expression all together and go live a little life.
- The kind where you’ve stepped away long enough and now you have deadlines and promises to keep, but also no writing fuel to get the job done.
If you’re experiencing the second type of writer’s block, continue reading because this list is for you.
My Writer’s Block Hacks:
There’s nothing like a good book or a bad one, to give me a much needed boost out here in these writing streets.
I often turn to books when it’s hard to write, and without fail I find myself inspired to move forward with my own writing projects.
I also like reading the author’s acknowledgements because it is there that I discover that it took them years to write their masterpiece, a lot of patience, many drafts, and a village of accountability partners.
I believe it’s also important to read because all successful writers consider reading a requirement, and they would know right?
2. Write What Comes Easier.
I believe all writers suffer from wanting to write in a linear way. I.e. Chapter one, Chapter two, Chapter three.
However, sometimes it’s easier and better to write out of order. In fact, many writers have gone on record to say that they knew how their books were ending long before they knew how they would begin.
Thus, with blog posts and other projects, I do the same. It’s here that I remember that the point is to write, and get something down—especially if I haven’t written in a few days.
Besides, this helpful hack of writing what comes easier, always helps me to eventually write what I need to.
3. Write Something Completely Different.
Maybe writing that pitch is giving you anxiety? Maybe you’re bored or just can’t get anything down no matter how hard you try?
I know that’s been me on many occasions. However, when I know I need to write, I like to turn to my copy of the 642 Things to Write About book. This book has great prompts that are interesting and entertaining.
Prompt: Your Dog’s Last Dream:
“Groot dreamed that he took a risk and barked back at the dog that hated him. He dreamed that Randie would be so proud of him that she’d give him his favorite treats, give him wet food for dinner, and say he’d never have to bathe again. The thought excited him so much that he wagged his tail—barking himself awake. He was a champion.”
It’s a little cheesy, but I got a kick out of writing something completely different and from my dog-baby’s perspective.
Yes, my response to the prompt was short, but it still challenged me to write.
And that’s the goal, right?
4. Meet a Minimum Word Count or Time Limit.
Yaa Gyasi, the author of Homegoing, reflections on having to bargain with herself when it’s time to write, is so real.
It’s also nice to know that esteemed and published authors have similar writer’s block difficulties as the rest of us.
Thus, when I know I need to write, but there’s nothing in my spirit that actually wants to, I give myself a word count or time limit.
I either make myself write for 30 minutes or make myself write between 200-500 words.
This helps. And while the result isn’t the length of a novel, I am always proud that I wrote something.
How about you Wordies? For those who write and don’t. What hacks help you complete your work?