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Writer’s Block And Practical Ways To Deal With It

Creative Solutions to Writer’s Block — From Authors Themselves

Alun Richards
5 min readFeb 11, 2021

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So many authors claim to have writer’s block at some stage in their writing. And it can be paralysing, preventing any meaningful work.

But what actually IS ‘writer’s block’?

Oxford Languages (the online Oxford English Dictionary) defines it as:

the condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing.

So is it just the inability to write what you need to work on? If so, what do authors actually do to get over it? And are those strategies useful? I decided I needed more data to find out what worked.

My Research Into Writer’s Block

In order to get more information, I asked two online groups of several thousand writers about their experiences of writer’s block. Specifically I asked a question:

What’s your no.1 tip for overcoming writer’s block?

I got a lot of responses — well over 400. I then analysed the responses and grouped them into what seemed to be similar areas.

Here is a summary of the recommendations.

The four most common responses, making up 56% of the total were:

  • Write (Anything) 17%
  • Read/Reread 16%
  • Take a Break/Walk 16%
  • Do Something Different 7%

Let’s look at those four in more detail.

Write (Anything)

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The most common solution suggested was to write anything — not necessarily what you’re ‘supposed’ to be writing. The suggestions varied from writing a shopping list, through ‘a new book’ to ‘anything at all.’

Some suggested a brute-force method, toughing it out — writing no matter what, and this was often accompanied with having a writing…

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Alun Richards

Alun Richards is an internet marketer and book coach who helps his clients to get more customers through publishing books and using the internet.