Three ways to break through writer’s block


So how often is it that you sit down at the computer (I would say with a pencil and paper but unless you’re writing a timed essay for class, no one really does that anymore) and have no clue how to start whatever paper you need to write or how to get the idea in your head onto a document? Annoying, right? I’d venture to say so. Sometimes I’ll relax on my bed meaning to work on the scholarship paper or wanting to add more to my newest work of fiction, but nothing comes. It’s like there’s a tap of creativity and it’s stuck in the off position. Then, of course, there’s other times like now that I have words flowing left and right. I suppose it all depends on the mood you’re in.
If you’ll have me, I’ll share some of the ways I’ve been able to beat the dreaded arch-nemesis of writers: the accursed writer’s block!

  • As far as actually writing goes, you could always start off with a random prompt and just straight write every thought (called free-writing) and see where that takes you. Personally, that’s never really worked for be, but be my guest and try it out if you’d like.
  • I like to listen to music when I write most of the time, though right now I’m listening to silence as I’ve just not felt like turning it on. When I used to writing fan fiction (still do at times, but I prefer to read it rather than write), I would look up music from that specific fandom to listen to in order to inspire me.
  • I also keep a running collection of ideas on my phone, so maybe if the idea you sat down to write with isn’t flowing, you can try another one for a little bit and then come back with new ideas. It’s worth a shot.

If you guys have any other ideas, I’d love to hear them. I currently have my baby brother lying on my shoulder which is making hard to type though, so I’m going to have to sign off and post again at a later date. Ciao!

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