Crushed It: How to Deal with Writer’s Block

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Have you been staring at that page for too long? You can’t write anymore? Then it’s definitely time to reload. We want to help you overcome this dreaded barrier in your journey to conquer NaNoWriMo, so have a look at our tips compilation for dealing with writer’s block.

Create the Perfect Writing Space

Squeaky clean? Organized chaos? It’s entirely up to you, as long as it’s your writing space. Make sure you write in a comfortable, inspiring atmosphere. You can even get yourself a routine: start by arranging your desk just the way you like it and eliminating all distractions. Then, set your writing tools and get some coffee. Last, play a soothing playlist and let the writing begin.

Inspiration Is Everywhere

Are the walls in your room way too familiar? Then find new surroundings! Go for a walk and be open to your environment, do a bit of research on something related to your story, and challenge your creativity. Drawing and even playing with Legos can be helpful for inventiveness!

”Vomit draft – Named for basically just throwing up on a page and not cleaning up… just get your ideas down on paper.” — Phil Hanson

Word Vomit

Just. Write. Easier said than done, right? But if the words to your story are not coming, then don’t worry about it, write something else, anything else: your thoughts, your dreams, your summer vacation, any dumb thought that crosses your mind. Your aim: keep writing.

Take a Break

It’s pamper time! Follow your heart desires. Doing something else will not only help you feel better, but it can be such a great source of inspiration. Treat yourself to some wine, chocolate, a pastry, fruit and nuts if you want to keep it healthy. Relax and meditate. Take a bath, watch a movie, read a book, go for a run, go outside, or listen to a podcast.

 

And speaking of podcasts, stay put for our soon-to-be-published NaNoWriMo deed: Our Favorite Podcasts for Writers.

Fernanda Gunter

Member of the public relations team. Restless traveller, dog adorer and book lover. Her guilty pleasure: red wine.