28 September 2016

Tips, Tricks and Techniques to Overcome Writer's Block

Writer’s block can happen to any of us at any time, but usually, it strikes just as you sit down in front of the computer to type your epic masterpiece. It doesn’t matter if you are working on a short story, an essay or 400-page novel, the words you wish to put down simply won’t come together. That’s when it might be time to take a strategic look at how to overcome your writer’s block.

Here are some helpful tips, tricks and techniques to help you get you those creative juices flowing again!

Establish a Routine
Set a time and stick to it every day, no matter what that time of the day it happens to be. Whether you sit at your desk or wherever you like to write, set yourself up to write at the same time of day, whether it be first thing in the morning, in the middle of the day or late at night. Most people who love routines will easily get into a groove.

Set a Deadline
Create a realistic deadline in order to trick your brain into a sense of urgency. Set a goal of so many words in an hour, set an alarm clock or the kitchen timer, and start writing. Many people work well under pressure, and this will help you figure out if you’re that kind of person.

Get Physical
Engage in an activity that has nothing to do with reading or writing. Go for a walk around the neighbourhood, clean the kitchen, play with your pet or some other mundane task. Instead of staring at a computer screen or the page of a book, give your body something to focus on and get your blood pumping. Afterwards, sit back down and try to write.

Unwind for a While
Instead of getting distracted by social media or watching TV, unplug from your computer for a bit. Grab a piece of paper and a pen and start writing the old-fashioned way. Oddly enough, putting words to paper actually increases brain power by making more neuronal connections within your brain, which can foster a more efficient thinking process.

Try Changing Your Surroundings
Subject your senses something new inspirations. Set up your writing utensils on the terrace, go to your favorite cafe or the bookstore around the corner. See if new ideas hit you along the way as you contemplate what to write.

Talk to People Around You 
Many times a simple conversation with a good friend, a co-worker, or your spouse, can help gain some perspective. Discuss any topic, do not restrict yourself to the subject matter you’re writing about. Another person’s perspective often leads to a breakthrough that clears your writer’s block. 

Read something for half an hour before you begin to write. It doesn’t matter what you read, but other writer's concepts may get you an idea or two. Ensure you enjoy the topic you read, whether you dive into the latest newspaper, the newest historical fiction novel or Shakespeare’s sonnets. Inspiration can jump out at you from everywhere.

Work Backwards
Begin writing your piece from in the middle or at the end instead of the beginning and work your way forward. Go back to your table of contents to see what jumps out at you. Start with the most fascinating aspect first, and go from there. Everything else will eventually follow.

What about you? How do you overcome writer's block? Feel free to share your tips and tricks in the comment section!

by A. Piper Burgi

Piper is the author of military lifestyle books and RV travel journals. When she isn't busy typing away on her computer, she can be found chasing after her furry children or holding on tightly to a good cup of coffee. Follow her on LinkedInFacebookGoodreads and Google+.


  1. I definitely will try all of them. I've been clueless about what to write in my blog recently. Thank you for sharing this helpful tips. :)

    1. You're welcome, Neri! Just sharing the things I learn along the way. =)

  2. Great tips! I think once we start---if we can start somewhere----then we have succeeded. Today I felt drab and not particularly geared up for writing my WIP, but I made myself sit at the laptop, and eventually got into it. Other days I have to take a walk or bake a loaf of bread before the muse meets me. Thanks for the post.

    1. You're welcome, Alice and Happy Writing! =)

  3. Hi I just wanted to ask you a question. Have you ever used writing services, like this https://academicsavers.com/? My point is that I'm terrible writer, but from time to time I need to make writing tasks. So my main question is if it is possible to train myself to write good or I just need to focus on the writing services?

    1. I'm not sure what you mean when you claim that you are a terrible writer, Donna. Everything I write goes through different stages, such as the first draft (which always looks like a half-baked idea, at best), and many rounds of editing, to include professional editing. I've never used a writing service, because I truly believe that the more I write, the better my writing becomes. Perhaps, you just need a bit more practice!? I can see the advantages of hiring a writing service, if you're in a hurry or don't feel comfortable writing an important presentation for work. We all need help at some point, but if you wish to become a better writer, then it all starts with writing, writing and some more writing. =)

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    1. You're welcome! Just sharing what I learn along the way. =)

  5. Hey!

    Writer's block can happen to anyone at anytime. This surely isn't good if we are writing on a regular basis. I liked the way you have assembled some of the tips on how to tackle writer's block the easy way. Thanks for the share!

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    1. You're welcome! I'm glad you find the tips and techniques useful. =)

  6. Hey!
    I am Katie Smith, even i want to become a writer.I also face a problem in my writing, in fact the way of my writing, whether its a novel or a short story.But after reading your blog it almost got solved.Such an informative blog.The above tips and tricks every budding writer should keep in mind. Thank you for the blog.

    1. Hello Katie, I'm pleased that you find my blog so informative, and good luck with your writing. Hope to see some of your published works on a bookstore shelf near me soon! =)