5 Things to Do When Writer's Block Hits | Got Questions?

by - May 10, 2019


Hey everyone! Today, we have a question from Heidi!

Heidi writes,

"What are the best things to do when you hit a writing block and you feel like giving up?"

Great question, Heidi! You actually asked a two-part question: 1) "What are the best things to do when you hit a writing block?" and 2) "What are the best things to do when you feel like giving up?"

I know that a lot of writers, myself included, struggle with both of these things.

But what can you do about them? Today, I'm going to answer the first part of your question. (I will answer the second part next week!)

Here are 5 things to do to prevent writer's block and how to deal with it when it hits.

1. MAKE A WRITING SCHEDULE.

Do you go to bed and wake up around the same time every day? If so, your brain is probably used to that schedule, so it automatically prepares itself to shut down at 10 pm and wake up at 6:30 am (for example).

A writing schedule works the same way. Some writers find that if they write around the same time each day, their brains will start getting used to coming up with ideas at that timeIt works similarly like your sleep schedule.

Find a certain time every day when you can sit down and write. (Of course, you won't be able to write at the exact same time every single day, but do your best.)

Consistency plays a critical part when dealing with writer's block. The more consistent you are, the more your brain will prepare to be creative and write, and you won't suffer from writer's block as often.

2. JUST SIT DOWN AND WRITE.

Sometimes the words just don't want to come. You've tried all you can, and they're being stubborn.

Just sit down and write. Sometimes you have to force yourself to get words on the paper (or on the computer). Brainstorm. Outline. Imagine. At times, these things are actually fun because you aren't writing words, but you are still doing something important for your story.

When you can't write, do something else related to writing. Work on a different project. Do word sprints with someoneor by yourself!

Turn off the Internet button on your computer!! One time I turned off that button, and I could FINALLY write! I don't know what happened, but it seriously worked!

Get rid of distractions and WRITE!

3. TYPE PUBLISHED BOOKS.

This idea might shock you.

In the Young Writers Workshop, there's a masterclass interview with this author, and she finds it helpful to grab a book that she loves and just start typing what the book says. Yes, this is technically plagiarizing, but you DO NOT keep what you typed. This exercise is just to get your fingers typing and your brain thinking. When you feel ready to write on your own, delete the part of the book you typed and start writing your own words!

4. WHAT'S TAKING UP YOUR MENTAL ENERGY?

Social media is awesomeif used wisely. Some writers use social media to help with building their platforms, but social media is also capable of draining your mental energy.

Consider what is taking up your mental energy. Is it Facebook? Instagram? Twitter? Pinterest? Video games? Today, there are so many things that take up our time and mental energy. A lot of these things are good and fun, too, and that's the tricky part!

School for us students, especially, is essential, so we can't drop that. But maybe we can watch how much time we are spending on social media and/or video gamesor watching television! But yes, these things are good and fun as long as we don't spend a lot of time on them.

5. TAKE A BREAK.

Welp. You tried, and your brain simply refuses to work, and you're getting frustrated.

Stop. Take a break. Come back later. You might find this to be the most helpful way to conquer writer's block.

But please don't make this a habit. Don't use writer's block as an excuse to stop writing, because sometimes you have deadlines you must reach, and you can't get in to the habit of procrastinating.

Be wise and take care of your mental health.


I hope this post gave you some helpful tips, Heidi! And I hope it helped all of you as well!

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what about you?

Do you struggle with writer's block? What do you do about it? Which of these tips surprised you? Which of these tips will you try this week?

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10 comments

  1. These were all really good, Julia!! I’d never heard of typing published books before! One thing I’m learning really works for me is to read something that gets me excited about my story; then I get pumped to write on it...the other night I was reading about soldiers in Iraq, sat down and wrote 700 words, which is a LOT for me, especially because I was feeling stuck! Something REALLY helpful that I don’t do enough is to never leave off at the end of a scene; always pause in the middle of the action, that way it’s easier to pick up the flow when you come back. ;)

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    1. Those are great ideas, Kassie! (I know, right? That tip surprised me too!)

      Glad this was helpful! :D

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  2. This is so helpful, Julia!
    Thank you for this!

    -Hannah K (YWW)

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    1. You're very welcome, Hannah! I'm so glad it was helpful! :D

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  3. Great job Julia!
    I totally agree with you on social media. It can be extremely distracting at times.
    Love you girly!

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    1. Thank you, Leannah! Yeah, social media's great in careful amounts. :D
      Love you too, sis!

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    1. Thank you so much, Hazel! Hope they were helpful! :D

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