Remedies for Writer’s Block

writing about a writer’s block is better than not writing at all.
~ Charles Bukowski, The Last Night of the Earth Poems


Writer’s Block – a common ailment, and a relatively easy one to remedy.

There are so many pills you can take for Writer’s Block, all without too many side effects. The main thing these pills are designed to do is to wake up your curiosity. All you need to do after that is follow it.

Here’re a few ways to get started:

  • Recycle previous copy and hit republish [admittedly what this writer has done today]
  • Visit an art gallery or a museum. Make notes on what you see
  • Watch a movie or a film – preferably one you like the sound of
  • Write a line, or a poem, about what you are doing / thinking 
right now
  • Make up a recipe from scratch
  • Write a song
  • Read a book by a favourite author
  • Read a book about something you are not interested in at all
  • Talk to someone positive
  • Start a fictional diary (a diary for a hypothetical person)
  • Write something ridiculous that no one, not even you, believes
  • Try on all your clothes, preferably in new ways and 
  • Eat something really, really delicious
  • Find a stranger and talk to him / her about his / her life
  • Take a walk in an unfamiliar area
  • Take a weekend holiday
  • Write a list of things you want to do before you die (also called 
a ‘bucket list’)
  • Do something on your bucket list
  • Try cooking a dish you’ve never attempted
  • Get up, put on your favourite song, and dance with attitude
  • Limit your working time for the day to something small and unthreatening like 15 minutes (I find this technique extremely helpful: if I know I’ve only got a short time to work in, adrenaline kicks in and I find myself very productive all of a sudden.)

Melanie Tan writes every day – for money and for love. More here.

The above post is an excerpt from Melanie’s first eBook, Write from the Start.