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What to Do When You Don't Feel Like Writing

by DeAnna Troupe 3 years ago in advice

Or, How to Muscle Through Writer's Block

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It happens to all of us at least once. That dreaded writer's block. Most of the time it happens when we can least afford for it to happen, like at the end of the month when the rent is due, or when you have 4 hours to complete an article for a client. So what do you do? Well, after you finish having your panic attack, read this article for some ideas to help you get over writer's block.


I know it seems counterproductive to read when you're trying to write. However, when you read, you are stimulating your creativity. A lot of times, you can generate ideas for whatever it is you are trying to write when you read stuff related to what you are trying to write about.

Watch videos online.

No, I am not talking about those silly cat videos or prank videos. Watch videos about what you are trying to write about. This is another way to help you generate ideas for your content. You may see something that you totally disagree with. Write about that. You may see a video that you wish was a bit longer. Write what you wished the vlogger would have covered in the video you saw.

Get out of the house.

Before you throw your latte at me, hear me out. Sometimes all you need to get out of a rut is a change of scenery. You don't have to actually talk to anybody. You can even just go to a library and hunker down in a cubicle with your laptop and your headphones. You can go to a coffee shop that you don't normally go to if you don't want to be bothered with peopling while you are trying to work.

Go to the gym.

Sometimes we need to move around to get our writing muscles activated. I"m not saying that you have to go full on beast mode. Maybe just take a few laps in the pool or a few circles around the track. Do whatever you can do and not miss your deadline.

Engage in one of your non-writing related hobbies.

I know you have SOMETHING you do that's not related to writing. Do you crochet, knit, do needlepoint, or woodworking? Spend some time with that. Sometimes when you're doing one creative endeavor, you will get ideas for another one. Just don't get too lost in that blanket. Remember, you do have a deadline to meet.

Talk to one of your writer friends.

Who else can empathize with the plight of writer's block better than another writer? I know you have a few writer friends that you can talk to about this. Who knows, that person could also be struggling with writer's block. You may be able to help each other.

Don't panic.

Whatever you do, don't panic about the situation. This too shall pass. Do a few of the things mentioned in this article and you will be well on your way to writing a great piece of content.


DeAnna Troupe

DeAnna Troupe is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and a serial entrepreneur that has always loved helping others. When she isn't writing she enjoys crocheting, making jewelry, and spending time with her husband and kids.

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