5 STEPS TO BEAT WRITER’S BLOCK

writer's block

Today is the day. I am going to beat my 8-month long writer’s block.  I am going to start writing on a consistent basis and I will not get distracted. I will finish this post and maybe even publish it.

What caused this writer’s block? What has taken me so long to get back in the groove of writing? I love writing, so what’s the big deal. Everyday I keep telling myself, “Today is going to be the day.” The next thing I know the day has gotten away from me and I find myself saying, “Ok, tomorrow is going to be the day. I will start tomorrow.” I don’t let myself get away with this thinking and procrastination when it comes to working out so I need to break this trend with my writing. Today is the day the procrastination stops.

My game plan for getting back on track:

  1. Getting started right now! As my husband told me this morning, “The most obvious thing you have to do to break writer’s block is to start writing.”
  1. Removing obstacles and making it easy to just sit down and write. As I sat down to write this post I ran into all sort of obstacles because it had been so long since I had written. Microsoft Word wanted me to login and I couldn’t find my correct login information. My email was open so I got distracted reading emails. I finally just had to close everything down, put Word in full-screen mode and just start writing.
  1. Set aside 20 minutes a day to write.
  1. Put myself in a distraction free zone. I will turn off my phone, close my door and just write for 20 minutes.
  1. Find accountability partners. There are tons of groups on Facebook for writing support. I will find ONE of those groups to participate in and I will only use one group because if I join more than one I will just get distracted.

Look at that! I just wrote my first blog post in ages and I am one step closer to beating my writer’s block. I will be back tomorrow. In the meantime, it’s time to edit and post.

If you have made it this far, I want to hear from you. Have you ever suffered from writer’s block? If so, how did you beat it?

5 STEPS TO BEAT WRITER’S BLOCK

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20 Comments

  1. Love your plan for beating writer’s block. My solution to writer’s block is indeed to ‘just write’. I like to block off time to write so my energy is focused in chunks. That works better for me.

  2. Great going! You’ve got this, block a time every week and get writing 😊

  3. These are such practical and realistic tips! I love the “JUST GET STARTED” tip. I often find that is is the best way for me to get writing! Funny how something so simple will be so effective! 🙂

  4. This is awesome! Good for you to set out a plan on how to beat it! Deciding that you will is the very first step. I go to a writer’s group each week – we just met last night and someone had the exact same issue. Having accountability partners to help you get unstuck is so valuable! You never know when one of them will say just the thing that gives you that aha moment.

  5. Mostly what to write about. Find bloglovin to be very motivating.

  6. Yeah! You did it! I think finding a spot where there are fewer distraction works well for me. I always write once a week because my post is lengthy ( between 1200 to 1500), but I have decided to write shorter post 600- 900 words so that I can write more often during he week.

  7. Take you took the first step to overcoming writers block. I keep a file of ideas, quotes, thoughts etc. when I am stuck I go to the file and look for inspiration. It works!

  8. Great that you have a plan to get back to writing. What I have found that worked for me is setting aside a break time away from home so that I would not feel obliged to do other things except writing.

  9. Welcome back to blogging! The hard part for me most of the time is coming up with a title! A lack of a title can derail a post for me, for days!

  10. It is so tough to deal with writer’s block. I often just get burnt out, and it is nice to have some tips to restart.

  11. I have writer’s block daily, I have a food blog so the recipe is definitely a start but filling in the rest of the post, is a real struggle. And all those obstacles- I feel you

  12. Great thoughts here. Have you thought about writing avout something you don’t normally write about?

  13. Thea are great tips that i can actually use. I do experience writer’s block here and there
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  14. My problem is if it’s doesn’t seem like i”m going to have a good chunk of time to be able to write then why should I even start. I love your write for 20 minutes a day tip because that seems doable!

  15. Great tips for writer’s block. It’s the worst when you feel you need to sit down and write and you can’t. I personally find it helpful to do something else for a short time if I’m really stuck and then get back to writing. Sometimes if it’s really not working out, I will transition to a different topic altogether and then revisit the original one at a later time.

  16. i agree setting 20 mins everyday after my morning chores help me write on topics and think through ideas as it’s fresh to start the day at work.

  17. It helps me to just start writing too. Writing bad stuff at least gives me a start.

  18. These tips help so much! Thanks!

  19. Great tips. I try to get up and doing something else for a second. Sometimes I just need a break and distraction for a short time.

  20. Good points. A distraction free zone and setting aside time are the things I need to start doing.

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