14 ways to overcome writers block

“And the LORD said to Moses, “Cut two tablets of stone like the first ones, and I will write on these tablets the words that were on the first tablets which you broke,” also Deut 10:2.

““So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders.  Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.  Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates  so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors. Deut 11:18-21

A note to writers
That’s right. I’ve decided to put something together for you writers out there. If you love to write, this is for you. If you are not used to or don’t normally write, or even enjoy it, I would still encourage you to stick around because writing is such a wonderful thing! One of its advantages is that you get to express yourself a lot better. You can also just vent your feelings out on paper or screen. It can also be a great experiment that might turn into a wonderful adventure! So whether you’re an aspiring author, poet, songwriter, play-writer,  editor, typewriter or general journaler or diary keeper, any kind of writing, get ready to put together your best work yet!

The Golden Rule for writing
Only write when you’re calm and excited

Breaking past the block
1] Plan it well. If you’re writing a song, blog post, poem or play, make a list of titles that go together with what you have an idea of putting together. If you’re writing a book, plan the chapters along with the main events as well as the protagonist’s involvement in the story. The best part about this is that you can take your time. Even if you can’t come up with anything, start with whatever comes to mind then blend what comes out together. First make a list of 7 possible titles.

2] Brainstorm with friends. Understand that the point of this is to get some ideas for what you want to do. Unless you’ve planned on featuring others in your project, it’s best for you to have the final say. After all it is your work that will be done at the end of the day.

3] Finish what you started later. It is true that you must finish what you start, but who says you need to do that immediately!? Remember the Golden Rule. If you get stressed or frustrated, go cool off with a decent tv program or good book, a walk in the park or in your yard. Whatever helps keep you relaxed and refreshed. A word of caution. You need not develop the habit of procrastinating! The fact that you’re doing it later means that you would’ve planned for that too!

4] Write first. Edit second. Too many people don’t get past half of their first verse or move on to the next paragraph because they are looking for the perfect words/lines. The major problem with that is that it disrupts the flow of thought! You would know what your characters are going to do; know the rhythm for your poem; have an idea of the message you want to portray, but have all that blown away because of spending so much time trying to create a masterpiece every step of the way.

5] Quality takes time. Since patience plays a big role, you want to take advantage of that. How? By setting aside a certain amount of time for you to gather and process your thoughts. An hour is always good. You should also do this at the right time. If you’re a morning person, get up nice and early and then do your thing. If you think better in the afternoon or ideas just seem to flow smoothly in the evening, that will be the best time to do it.

6] Make written plans, not mental ones. If you get inspired at some point, write that down then build on it later. It’s definitely easier to work with something that’s already there than to try and create something from scratch. Remember, everything has to be natural.

7] Understand that your work is all around you. Meaning you should not overlook anything. A line or scene in a movie or play can complete a verse. The movement of a fountain or the look on a child’s face when they are enjoying themselves playing can spark something in you. Think about the scene in August Rush where the protagonist stood still in a busy street and listened for all sorts of elements that could bring a nice musical piece together.

8] The library is your best friend. Thomas Huxley said, “Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” Browse through books that are similar to what you want to write about. Look at the summary and jot down the key aspect about it. Go through at least six or seven books and you’re all set.

9] Pick the best spot. Do you suddenly think more easily when you’re seated next to the swimming pool? The environment you surround yourself in plays a big role as well. You want to be comfortable when you write. If you can, try place yourself in or by the area that has to do with what you’re writing about. If you’re writing about nature, you wouldn’t want to be in the kitchen, would you? If it rains at least sit by your window.

10] Love your work. When you think about it, part of your emotions-if not all of them-are shown in your writing. You want to enjoy what you write. Have fun so that when someone reads it, they will see a really good piece of work.

11] Set a reasonable deadline. Have one that will keep you motivated and your toes. It must be realistic. Don’t say, “I’ll finish my writing by tonight” or “by the end of the weekend.” If you think it’ll take you a month to finish your project, set the appropriate date.

12] Respect your work. Even when you’re finished, it’s easy to dislike some parts of it. Realize that what you see as trivial, someone else receives as valuable. You need not discredit your work. Show appreciation for your effort if you want others to do the same.

13] Get feedback. If you get negative feedback, ask for specifics. If you continue to be mocked then you can pass off all comments as irrelevant and useless. Request for constructive criticism. It’s probably best to do it from those you trust, not those you think you can trust.

14] Occasionally be spontaneous. Write something on the spot, wherever you will be at that time. If you really want to test your creativity, build on what you wrote down initially!

NB: A blog is basically an online diary. When you write a blog you’re pulling out a diary. A post is the content you’re writing on the blog, like writing in the diary. People very often confuse writing a blog with writing a post. Blog=diary, post=content.


  1. I really like your thoughts here. Especially the “write first, edit second” recommendation. There is where I have a problem. After a couple pages in, I start thinking about those previous pages, and wondering how to change them. I look for things around me as inspiration, and am finally getting into the mindset of seeing things and having blog ideas come to mind from what I am seeing. Thanks for sharing your ideas.


  2. This is something I needed to know a few months ago. Thanks for this post. I’ll probably have to print this out and tape it to the wall so that I don’t forget when I’m busy writing. Awesome stuff. 😀


  3. points 3,4 and 5 speak volumes to me because that’s exactly what I do. There are times when I suddenly have a burst of inspiration and my thoughts come faster than I can type! but even then, i keep typing, typos, spelling errors and all, and only when i’m done, I start editing. When I’m not immediately able to type i usually make voice notes of my thoughts before i lose momentum. Also, i’ve found that sometimes letting an unpublished article “marinade” before I post helps the quality of my articles… even just leaving it for an hour and coming back to it helps give me better clarity, and almost always gives me a new revelation and dimension to add to my articles!

    Loving it… Keep ’em coming!


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