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Climbing the Writer's Block Wall


Photo by Brad Barmore on Unsplash
Photo by Brad Barmore on Unsplash

Nearly every writing course you take tells you the same thing: write what you know. But what on God's green Earth do you write about when you have writer's block?


Though we call it a block, it feels like trying to scale a 100ft wall with bacon grease on your hands. It looms above you like some ancient monster that you have to defeat (minus the dramatic training montage). How do you defeat the monster or climb the wall?


In less dramatic terms, writer's block sucks. You can have a laundry list of topics a mile long, but as soon as you go to put pen to paper, all you are left with is a blank page and a lone cricket chirping in the background.


Sometimes we need to reset our creativity. It does not matter what niche you write in or your experience level. Every once in a while we need to give our creativity a good spring cleaning.


Spring cleaning your brain in order to "reset" your creativity can look like any number of different things. Some of these spring cleaning tasks can include:

  • Reading something new

  • Playing a mentally stimulating game

  • Going for a walk

  • Taking a day trip or a class

  • Visiting a lecture or museum

The truth of the matter is climbing the wall and beating the writer's block monster looks different for everyone. There is no set formula or magic spell to clear the cobwebs. You have to find the things and routines that work for you.


No matter who you are or how long you have been writing, writer's block happens to all of us. It's a human experience, plain and simple. Beating yourself up will not change the outcome. All you can do is find a new way to climb the wall.

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