30 Ways to Combat Writer's Block

At some point in your writing career, you’re probably going to face it — the dreaded writer’s block. For the lucky, it lasts only a few hours or days. For the unlucky, it can take weeks or even months to get over. Most writers have their own coping mechanisms, but what may work for one person is no guarantee for another. So what can you do when you’re faced with a blank white page and an unrelenting cursor?
A while back we asked you on Facebook to tell us your secret combat weapons for fighting off writer’s block, and you had some great ones, which are here. We also have a blog post from the past with helpful tips found here. But when desperate to get over the hump more advice is better, right? So to help you find at least one method that works, here’s a list of things to try in no particular order:
Take a walk
Write through it anyway
Workout
Cook a big, good meal
Listen to music
Try another creative medium: Strum a tune or paint a picture
Pick a random topic and do a 15-minute free write
Deprive yourself of sleep for as long as you can and then write until you can no longer stay awake
Write a positive note to yourself on special paper
Start (or keep) a daily log of your day in a journal
Go to a busy street/restaurant/bar and people watch for a bit and write down everything interesting you observe
Try writing an off-the-cuff poem
Write a friend a long letter by hand
Look at photos online of places that inspire you or, better yet, take a walk down your own memory lane and look at your own albums
Write a chapter of your story from another character’s perspective
Have a glass of wine or three (or chocolate)
Research your book’s subject matter
Visit a museum or art gallery
Pick a random object in your house and write 200 words about it
Find a different place to work. If you’re at home, try a coffee shop — or vice versa
Take a bubble bath
Call a writer-friend and commiserate first, then assign one another a writing project to be completed within a few hours
Try outlining your novel/essay/article, if you haven’t already done so
Write out a to-do list of every chore you need to accomplish
Spend some time pondering life in the yogic legs-up-the-wall pose
Stop berating yourself for not writing
Play with your dog/cat/reptile. If you don’t have one, ask a friend if you can come over and give their Fido some love
Try writing during a different time of the day
Take a nap
And finally… Drink a cup of caffeinated tea or coffee
We know this list isn’t exhaustive, and there’s room for more ideas, so tell us, Lulu readers, what’s worked (or not) for you?

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