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How to Break through Writer's Block

Stop knocking your head against the same brick wall. These tips will help you break free of writer’s block and get back to the business of writing.


  • Step 1: Take a break Take a long break and do something else, like shopping, walking, or hitting the town with some friends.
  • TIP: Keep a pocket notebook or journal and pen with you at all times. Inspiration strikes suddenly when you least expect it. Be ready.
  • Step 2: Listen to inspirational music Listen to music that inspires you and triggers your creative imagination.
  • Step 3: Change the scenery Change where you write by going outside, to a different room, or to a coffee shop.
  • Step 4: Free-write Free-write on any topics at all, including your fears about writer’s block, and don't worry about being perfect; this will help you relax and rediscover your passion for writing.
  • Step 5: Read Read a book, poem, or screenplay by someone you admire and get a feel for their style. This can be very effective at inspiring you to write again.
  • Step 6: Read Read something you've written in the past that you liked to remind yourself that you are a good writer.
  • FACT: Did you know? Agraphia is the permanent inability to write or draw due to brain trauma or disease.

You Will Need

  • A break
  • Inspirational music
  • A change of scenery
  • Your favorite reading material
  • And a good piece you've written
  • A pocket notebook or journal and pen (optional)

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