36 Ways To Cure Writer’s Block

After blogging for some time, it might be hard for you to find new things to write about. If you need some inspiration, take a look at our list below for 36 ways to cure writer’s block.

36 Things to Do When Your Brain Is Empty

  1. Browse the web for inspiration. The internet is full of ideas. Go take a look at your favorite blogs and write about a new or controversial topic.
  2. Take a break. It’s hard to write when you’re overworked. Sometimes, it’s just as simple as taking a break and allowing your mind to wander. When you return, you might have an idea.
  3. Explore new subjects. All too often, writer’s block is caused by the inability to find a new topic within a narrow subject. If you’ve exhausted everything, branch out into a related subject.
  4. Go back to the basics: Use pen and paper. From infancy, we’ve been taught to write using writing instruments. So ditch the keyboard and do it like old times.
  5. Word association. You’ve played the game before. Try it again now. Let’s, say… start with the word salad, and see where it goes.
  6. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Go back and find a popular article that you’ve writen. Reinvent it, add additional observations or comments, and republish it.
  7. Opt for lists. We find that some of our most successful articles are those that contain lists… Like this one. They’re easy to write and they usually go over pretty well.
  8. Eat a snack. Perhaps your brain is craving some nutrients. Go eat a snack and get a sugar high.
  9. Lower expectations. If you are planning on writing a masterpiece, such as something that is sure to hit the first page of Digg, you might have some difficulty. Instead, just focus on writing a well-written post.
  10. Draw a picture. Sometimes, little doodles can help get the juices flowing.
  11. Opt for a change of venue. Sometimes a change of locale will help. If you’re writing from home, move from the office to the living room, or to the balcony or porch. You might also want to try it in the bathroom.
  12. Find a writing buddy. Partner up with a fellow writer and bounce ideas off of each other.
  13. Write about writer’s block. Hey, we’re doing it.
  14. Seek out your local shrink. At times, especially when writer’s block lasts for extended periods of times, it may be linked to feelings of self doubt and inadequacy, or even fear of success… It may be time to see a professional.
  15. Look at other atypical writing sources. You write a lot of content every day in emails, instant messages, and more. Use those for inspiration.
  16. Do some research. There is bound to be some topic that’s been nagging at you. Take some time and research the new topic, then write a summary. You get bonus points if you take a stance.
  17. Ask your readers. If you have a devoted following, let them dictate your new material. They’ll know what they want to read.
  18. Participate in guest blogging. Let a fellow blogger submit an article for your blog. In turn, you can submit one for theirs. Writing for a new blog does several things. First, it lowers expectations as you don’t need to worry about disappointing your readers. Second, it usually gives you new subject matter. And three, it’ll help you increase your exposure.
  19. Eliminate irritating noises. Put the crying baby in a sound proof room and throw the cat in the yard. Note: In some municipalities, this might be considered child or pet abuse.
  20. Turn on the tunes. Some people may find that they work best when there is some degree of background noise or music. If opting for music, we suggest Pandora.
  21. Write in a journal. The best thing about journals is that you can write anything in them. You might write about that mosquito that snuck through your screens. Perhaps you’ll talk about your latest paper cut… Writing without rules or restrictions is sure to cure any block.
  22. Phone a friend. Pick up your phone and chat with a friend. Conversations are ideal for generating new thoughts and ideas.
  23. Find God. Whether or not you believe in God, it may be time to pray to that higher power.
  24. Brainstorm. Think of lots of different topics and words, and write them down.
  25. Find an interesting statistic. Statistics are great ways to start an article, especially if they’re shocking or controversial.
  26. Choose not to write. Sometimes, you’ll just have to accept defeat. Take a day off and come back tomorrow.
  27. Write about a story on Digg. Go to the front page of Digg, or some other social networking website. Choose a popular story, and write about it.
  28. Create a poll or question for users. Perhaps you should let your users generate the content. Create a poll or post a controversial question, and let your users do the writing.
  29. Write about not having anything to write about. If done well, this can be rather interesting.
  30. Link to content offsite. If you’ve found some interesting articles by other bloggers, create a list and post that as an article.
  31. Comment on other blogs. When procrastinating or brain dead, get out of that slump by commenting on other blogs. Not only will it give you inspiration, but it will also give you a bit more exposure.
  32. Find a large picture and turn it into an article. When it comes down to it, the problem is not often a complete lack of ideas, but the lack of an idea substantive enough to turn into an article. Solution: Find other ways to take up space on the page. A large image is perfect. Back in college, this — next to increased line-spacing, larger margins, block quotes, and wider fonts — was the preferred way for inflating an assignment.
  33. Create a video. Who said that every post should be written? Why not make a video post?
  34. Spy on your competitors. They’re probably writing about something good. Don’t steal their ideas, but maybe you can write a friendly critique.
  35. Talk about the top news of the day. Regardless of your industry, there is always breaking news. A brief summary of what’s new is always great fodder for an article. 
  36. Throw a tantrum. If all else fails, blow off some steam. Stomp. Scream. Toss your insured electronics at the wall. And pull your hair… Of course, this remedy might be age-specific.

 

How do you cure writer’s block?

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8 Responses to “36 Ways To Cure Writer’s Block”

  • Stephan Miller December 8, 2008 at 7:00 am

    My favorite one is just writing every day, whether it is a blog post or not. Not only does that help with writer’s block, it also has a tendency of putting your thoughts in a row and getting plans down on paper that may have been just floating around in your head. Mysterious things come out when you write a lot.

  • stratosg December 8, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    looks like you covered pretty much everything… now i’ll go and apply the #36 :D good one :)

  • Lucy January 30, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    #4 just helped me start writing again! Thank you :)

  • Rob April 13, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    THANK YOU!!
    The one about lowering expetations really helped me, Im such a perfectionist and its really annoying :)

  • Jori July 1, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Strange enough this helped. Well, not in that I’m no longer stuck — just helping the process of relaxing to get –hopefully soon– unstuck :D Thank you

  • Ilse Watson July 5, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Throwing a tantrum sounds very good :-)
    How do I cure writer’s block? By using no. 23 and getting connected to the Universe – getting grounded. Meditate. Listen for the subtle messages from God.

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