10 tips for fighting writer’s block

Changes in venue or routine can help, as can doing a bit of research—formal or otherwise. Read on, Macduff.

At some point, it happens to all of us. You sit down to write, but the words are just stuck.

It’s frustrating. The idea flowed so perfectly in your head earlier, as you thought about whatever it is you wanted to say. For whatever reason, as you sit down to write, the words just aren’t flowing now.

Writer’s block can happen for a variety of reasons, but pulling out your hair or throwing your laptop against the wall won’t solve anything. It’s important to find the right methods for battling this debilitating issue.

Instant publishing means constant pressure to produce. Just as in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” the important thing is not to panic. Don’t let pressures and distractions keep you from your goals. To fix the problem, you have to break your routine. Here are 10 ways to accomplish that:

1. Write at different times. If you usually write in the afternoon, try writing in the morning or evening. The change in times may be enough to create a fresh outlook. For me, early morning is a great time to be productive, before the morning meetings and before the distractions set in. For the night owls out there, late-evening hours may be a good time to get some uninterrupted work in.

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