How to Overcome & Defeat Writers Block

If you’re a writer, I’m sure you have experienced writer’s block more than once.

When you have it, it seems like no matter what you do, no words will come out of you.

You can’t seem to write; every word produced on the page takes so much energy. The wellspring of your creativity is dry, there seems to be nothing you can produce no matter how hard you try.

Writer’s block isn’t fun by any means, especially for those who make a living from their writing. I would know because I have had it more than once.

In this article, I will help you defeat it once and for all.

Let’s get to it….

There are a few different approaches to overcoming and defeating writer’s block. While some of the following suggestions are more practical than others, don’t underestimate the tips and strategies that I will go over in this article.

1. Watch a movie – Watching a movie does one of two things: it gets your mind off writing and lets you enjoy something else for a little while.

It is a great way to overcome writer’s block if you let it.

When you do decide to watch a movie, though, try not to think about your writing, otherwise it won’t be effective in ridding you of writer’s block, not to mention preventing you from enjoying the movie.

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2. Go for a drive – I love to drive and when I go somewhere that’s beautiful it helps to clear my mind.

Driving for me is a great way to overcome and defeat writer’s block. Try it sometime and see if it’s something that can work for you as well.

3. Work on something completely different – Being frustrated with a project you’re working on is never fun when you have writer’s block. What’s even worse is when you try to work only on that one project and all you get is just a few words out of hours of work.

Working on one project while you have a block is not very productive. If you keep trying to work while you have writer’s block, it will only make things worse.

What you can do is work on a completely different project.

Forget about the one where you have writer’s block and focus on another. The new task will get your mind thinking in a different way, and you will soon find that you have overcome writer’s block.

This works for me all the time, which is why I always have more than one project going for myself at one time.

4. Try a different medium – If all of your writing projects are on the computer, try switching to pen and paper. Writing on the computer and with pen and paper make you think differently.

With a pen and paper, you won’t also be tempted to browse the web and get distracted.

5. Set aside and shut down distractions – Having things that distract you when you’re trying to write is like have a dog barking at the foot of your bed when you’re trying to sleep.

It just doesn’t work.

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To be able to write, you need to shut down your TV, social media accounts, and put your phone on silent mode.

Having a distraction-free zone will get you to write faster and better, making you happier about the task in the end.

I once used to have stuff running in the background when I wrote, whether it was my TV, music, or Facebook account. I soon discovered that when I turned these all off, I wrote way better and was much more productive.

This is because I was able to focus without any distractions.

You could be in the zone and when you have your phone ring on your desk you may lose your train of thought.

Put away the distractions and shut down your devices because you will write much better when you do.

6. Take a much needed break – The last thing you want to do when you have writer’s block is try and work even harder on your manuscript.

Take a break if you can’t seem to get into the writing groove.

Taking a break and setting your mind onto something else is a good idea. If you try and go back to your writing after taking a break and still can’t overcome the block then take a longer break, from a few days to even a week or more if you need to.

7. Go to the gym or take a walk – Physical exercise works wonders to reduce stress levels and break through writer’s block.

Having a daily routine that consists of working out and then writing after your workout will get you out of that funk pretty soon.

It will also make your day go well after you start knocking those two things out every day (working out & writing).

If you go out for a walk, be conscious about not thinking about writing. Thinking about it will only put you under more pressure and result in you still having the same writer’s block when you return.

When you work out or go for a walk, listen to some music or pay close attention to what you see around you, as it will get your mind off writing.

Also, writer’s block sometimes is just you being depressed about not having your word count up where you want it to be.

Don’t worry about your word count; just concentrate on writing.

If you keep trying to write regardless of your word count, you will learn that writer’s block won’t be a problem for you.

Word count isn’t important; what is important is writing good content.

8. Step away from writing and do anything that’s creative – No matter how much you love writing, it sometimes becomes a chore, setting yourself up for writer’s block.

To get rid of that mindset, you need to do anything that’s creative other than writing. You could paint, create crafts at your house, or mess around with Photoshop.

All that really matters is for you to go and do something creative that doesn’t involve writing.

Getting different parts of your mind working will get you into the habit of thinking that writing isn’t a chore anymore.

When you do something creative before you write, you will start to see after a while that writing is a gift rather than a chore.

This is a great way to overcome writer’s block.

9. Write early in the morning – Writing early in the morning is always better because your mind is at its clearest in the morning.

It works great for me because I wake up wanting to write and get my words out of my system before I start my day.

Whenever I write in the morning, it’s almost the same feeling I get when I work out each day, glad that I have it out of the way already.

Writing, in a sense, is like working out; there are some days when you don’t feel like it. However, if you get it over with in the morning, it allows you to feel good for the rest of the day.

Writing in the early morning before you do anything else only presents one problem: you may have other appointments later in the day, and may make you rush through your writing.

Don’t rush yourself.

It’s almost as bad as having writer’s block.

If you have a schedule you need to stick to, exert some effort to wake up earlier than usual to make sure you have time dedicated for writing.

If you don’t like waking up earlier, move your schedule around so you can prioritize your writing tasks.

10. Break the routine – Everyone has a routine in their life and sometimes their routines seem counterproductive.

One way you can overcome writer’s block is to mix up and break your routine to see what could work better. I don’t like routines myself and having set times to do everything.

Having set times for tasks put me under pressure.

Breaking your normal routine does one of two things, and this is somewhat a repeat of the last thing I just went over, but it’s worth mentioning again. One, it allows you to see what works for you, and two, it will give you more than enough time to write.

Like I said, I never like having set times for when I write. That’s because sometimes I get into the writing mode where I can write for hours at a time. If I set myself to only have a half-hour of time to write, then I am setting a limit on my creative abilities.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, “I don’t have the time to write for hours at a time.”

That’s fine.

I do it because I make a living from it, so of course, I have that time on my hands. However, if you ever get into one of those writing modes, don’t interrupt it.

Just keep on writing to take advantage of your creativity.

Congratulate yourself, too, because you have overcome writer’s block entirely.

11. Brainstorm and build a mind map – Brainstorming has always been a good way to get your creative thought processes flowing. It is also a great way to overcome any writer’s block that you might have.

By brainstorming, you’re not thinking of the words you are going to write.

You are putting down ideas that would go into what you want to write.

For example, let’s say you wanted to write about drumming (precision instrument) and you wanted to write a book on how to become a better drummer.

What you would do is to use the brainstorming strategy to overcome writer’s block.

You can write down some ideas of what might be in the book/article you’re writing, like the different drums, the styles, the sizes, how to practice, how to tune the drums, how to hit the drums, how to keep tempo, and many other things about drumming in general.

Once you have all those ideas, you can select a topic and brainstorm that. For example, if you focus on drum parts and types, you will come up with snares, bass drum, cymbals, stands, toms, bells, and many other things.

You can keep on doing this until you have a huge selection of topics and ideas you can write about.

Pat Flynn from the Smart Passive Income Blog explains this process of brainstorming in his video by using sticky notes:

Brainstorming for me is the way I always approach writing and when I am done, it makes the writing process so much easier and faster.

Brainstorming gives you so many ideas and topics to work with and to start writing about.

12. Talk to others – When you go out and talk to others about what you’re writing about or what you want to write in the future, you may get some people interested enough to engage you in conversation or even go into a debate with you.

When that happens, it can give you new ideas and even spark your creative thought process.

Thousands of writers who have writer’s block use this method to overcome their blocks.

It works wonders and definitely opens up new ideas because you’re hearing other people’s thoughts about the topic.

Conclusion

Not being able to write when you’re a writer happens to everyone no matter how many books, blog posts, or content they have written.

Everyone encounters writer’s block at some point in their lives and the only thing you can do when you experience it is try to hack your life and mind to overcome it.

Don’t be bummed out or depressed about you not being able to write as much as other writers do.

Comparing yourself with others will only result in you either envying them or judging them, and neither will make you happy in the end.

Be yourself.

Who cares how many words other people can write?

At the end of the day, what matters most is that you’re trying and working hard to become a better writer.

Another thing you might want to do to overcome writer’s block is to try multiple things I went over above in a certain order. For example, you can go for a walk and then do something creative to overcome your writer’s block.

By mixing and combining multiple tips and strategies, you can create an entirely new strategy for yourself that could do the trick in helping you overcome writer’s block.

Thanks so much for reading this article. I hope it helps you overcome your writer’s block.

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Stay awesome my friends,
Scott