5 Tips for Breaking Your Writer’s Block

5 Tips by Anne Brees

Writer’s block is a strange thing. Sometimes you can feel it coming as you struggle to finish a scene and other times your writing is fine until suddenly it’s not. Writer’s block is a tricky problem, but nothing you can’t fix.

  1. Work on a different project. Sometimes you are stuck on a current project and you’ve just lost inspiration or motivation. If you switch to another project of yours, the drive for your original project might return.
  2. Write something without any commitment. Sometimes the pressure of writing something perfect and intelligent and funny and interesting and complex and all the expectations you might have for you writing can become too much. Take a step away from your project and just start writing. You don’t have to finish the story if you don’t like it. You don’t have to perfect it. It can be as long or as short as you want. Just write a story. (If you have no idea what to write about, look up story inspiration pictures on Pinterest. You can find my board here.)
  3. Read your old writing. Sometimes looking at your past projects can remind you of how much you’ve grown, and how far you can grow in the future. Seeing all the work you’ve put into writing before can remind you how much you love it. It can also give you some inspiration to incorporate some of your old ideas in with the new.
  4. Take a short break. Sometimes all you need to do is step away for your writing in order for a new idea to come. However, be careful, because a short break can easily stretch into a long one. It’s very easy to find excuses to not write. When planning a break, make sure to also plan when that break ends.
  5. Study your favorite authors. Maybe all you need is inspiration from the greats. Try to write like them. Try writing some fanfiction. In their style of writing, write a new scene with their characters and story world. If that doesn’t work for you, trying changing it up. Write in their style with your current project. Write in your style for their novel. Experiment with your writing.

How do you get out of your writer’s block?

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