The Most Effective Way to Beat Writer's Block

By Marina Krivonossova on June 26, 2021

Whether you’re new to the world of writing or if you’re a seasoned professional, there is one thing that you will never be able to escape: writer’s block. Often hitting at the most inconvenient of times, writer’s block is the unfortunate phenomenon that occurs when a writer feels stuck and unable to progress in the writing process. It can happen when the writer is in a bad mood, overwhelmed, or unsure of what to write next. Or, it can happen completely out of nowhere for no good reason. That’s what makes it so difficult to overcome.

So, what do you do when writer’s block rears its ugly head? You could try meditating, working out, distracting yourself, going for a walk, eating something, or taking a break from writing altogether until inspiration strikes again. However, taking any of these distraction-oriented approaches is risky business. After all, what if the writer’s block refuses to clear up, and you find yourself postponing your writing projects more and more? As a writer who has worked on a plethora of personal, academic, and professional projects alike, I have found one foolproof method to beating writer’s block: continuing to write.

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That’s right, you read that right. When writer’s block strikes, and I feel like the last thing I want to do is write, I force myself to power through it. It’s easy to get caught up in the distractions that we try to justify to ourselves as parts of the writing process. I know for a fact that I am guilty of this. In the past, when I was hit with writer’s block, I would try to move on to a new task. I would go for a walk, I would call my mom, I would watch something fun on TV. While this method worked from time to time, I realized quickly that I was just procrastinating because inspiration just wasn’t returning. That’s when I finally sat myself down and told myself that I need to learn to write through the writer’s block.

Sure, your work at the beginning of this process might not be the best. You may even find yourself producing utterly uninspiring, bland content. But the more you stick to it, the better you’ll find your work becoming, and the quicker you’ll find yourself coming out of that writer’s block through the process of writing.

Have you ever tried writing your way out of writer’s block, or have you found other methods that work best for you? Write about your experiences in the comments below!

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