5 ways to kick writer’s block to the curb

This affliction is common among those who form letters into words, and words into paragraphs. Here are uncommon ways to hurdle—or saunter past—this impediment to creativity.

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Even the most successful and prolific writers can suffer from a lack of words.

It seems, too, that every writer has a few tricks to handle writer’s block. Some focus on outlining and sketching out novel chapters; others use apps, calendars and spreadsheets to hit daily word goal.

Sometimes it’s good to shake up your routine to find new creative energy. Try these tips if you find yourself with a case of writer’s block:

1. Go to clown class.

If you don’t have visions of big red noses and funny wigs, you don’t have to literally go to clown school. Still, trying an activity outside your comfort zone and your normal routine is a great way to shake things up and restore your creativity.

It doesn’t matter whether you take a clown class, sign up for a curling league, go to comedy improv night or take a kazoo workshop. Whatever you do, you’ll end up with something new and exciting to write about.

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