10 Tips to Cure Writer’s Block

  July 7, 2021 blogging tips 🕑 7 minutes read
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(Updated 7/7/2021)

 

If you’re looking for tips to cure writer’s block you probably want to bang your head against the wall.

 

Suffering through this block can be a painful, confidence-killing experience. New bloggers often quit blogging all together for fear of not being able to overcome this mental malady. Struggling bloggers forfeit blogging for months because writer’s block assails these individuals. Writer’s block appears to end blogging careers before these bloggers give themselves a fair shot to succeed.

 

Even successful bloggers aren’t immune from this insidious mental block. Skilled pros sometimes face fears aligned with writing blog posts. Everyone who blogs face this frustrating limiting belief. Learning how to overcome the block promotes both your prolific nature and peace of mind.

 

Writer’s Block

 

Imagine how relieved you’ll feel after slaying this dastardly foe?

 

Defeat writer’s block to:

 

  • become prolific
  • increase blog traffic
  • boost blogging profits
  • promote your peace of mind

 

Bloggers enjoy each worldly benefit of conquering this mental foe but experiencing peace of mind may be the most pleasing upside of letting go the inner enemy. First you feel at peace mentally. Being prolific follows with increasingly less effort. Life flows inside-out. Humans maintain a certain mindset before acting and seeing results. Feeling peaceful within makes for far easier writing.

 

You can do it. Put writer’s block largely in your past. Follow these 10 tips to cure writer’s block.

 

1: Meditate

 

Meditate.

 

Be with the feeling of writer’s block to face, embrace and release the idea.

 

Writer’s block is a mental block. This energy dissolves if you become fully aware of the limiting idea.

 

Inle Lake Myanmar

 

Meditating expands your awareness.

 

Meditate in a quiet spot for 5 to 20 minutes daily. Do not overreach. Begin with 5 minutes. Add increments to gradually expand your awareness.

 

Follow your breathing.  Trace the inflow and outflow of breath through your nostrils.

 

Relax.

 

If your attention wanders just note the object of the attention – a thought, feeling, memory, or desire – and move your attention back to your breathing.

 

Meditating daily is the #1 tool in my “writer’s block dissolving” arsenal.

 

Be with your limiting beliefs to release these illusions.

 

2: Write 1,000 Words Daily

 

Write 1,000 words daily – or more – to slay writer’s block.

 

Develop a writing habit to write habitually. Writing habitually cures writer’s block.

 

Form a habit through diligent practice. The habit eventually acts through its own momentum. 

 

Write daily to nudge through mental blocks. Sit in front of a computer. Open a Word document. Write. Cover any topic. Being a prolific writer means strengthening your writing muscle daily. Strong writers rarely fall prey to writer’s block.

 

Treat writing sessions like a fun job. Employees rarely miss a day of work. Rarely miss a writing day to become prolific. Defeat writer’s block by purging writing weakness fueling the block.

 

3: Exercise Daily

 

Exercising daily promotes energy flow throughout your body.

 

An energetic block – like writer’s block – cannot reside in a free-flowing stream of energy.

 

Walk for 40 minutes daily. Do push ups or sit ups to increase energy flow in your meat suit. Promote energy flow to dissipate fears related to writer’s block. Exercising is a simple way to increase your prolific nature because basic movements dislodge energies fueling writing limiting beliefs.

 

Walking around your house for a few moments does the trick sometimes. Move. Allow your energy to flow. Be a free-flowing writer by moving along fears courtesy of moving your body for a bit.

 

Before following this tip just check with your doctor if you haven’t exercised recently.

 

Exercising daily offers you a wide range of benefits related to blogging. Energize yourself for your blogging work day. Overcome fatigue. Feel good about your blogging prospects. Exercise daily to bolster your blogging campaign.

 

4: Read Voraciously

 

Read both fiction and non-fiction voraciously to assail writer’s block.

 

Most prolific bloggers read religiously to expose themselves to creative ideas.

 

Best-selling authors are generally avid readers.

 

Reading stokes your creative energies, supplying you with an endless flow of blog post ideas.

 

Read for 10-30 minutes daily. Develop a reading habit to put writer’s block behind you. Feast on the written word to write words with greater ease. Avid readers become skilled writers through osmosis.

 

5: Write in Silence

 

Reduce all distractions. Tuning into distractions like the TV or your phone creates noise. Noise tends to enhance writer’s block. 

 

Imagine attempting to write blog posts being beset by a frenzied mind? Meditating helps to quiet your mind but writing in quiet further enhances your writing skills.

 

Isolate yourself from all forms of stimuli. Some writers feel prolific by listening to music but many write freely in silence. Being in quiet tends to silence inner negative chatter. Remove sensory overload to quiet the chatter.

 

Find a quiet room. Shut the door. Let ideas gracefully flow from silence to your mind to your fingers to your keyboard.

 

Give yourself quiet time to write by alerting family about your daily habit. Make sure they respect your writing ritual. Family gives you what you give family, habits-wise. Be serious about writing in quiet. Observe how your family respects your serious writing habit.

 

6: Take Short Frequent Breaks from Writing

 

Take a 5 to 10 minute break from writing each hour to lessen tension in your being.

 

Writer’s block is a force-filled energy created by tense, anxious, worried writers.

 

Pull back. Walk for a few minutes. Take 10 deep breaths.

 

Take a break. Go to Turkey. Although the walk may be long for you.

Istanbul, Turkey

 

Step away from your laptop to renew your mind.

 

Then…..write.

 

Avoid the common mistake of forcing your way through writer’s block. Bloggers vow to sit for hours until ideas flow from mind to WordPress backoffice. However, force negates because fear blocks the creative flow. Trying hard to overcome this block actually strengthens the block. This is why writers seem to be tortured souls. Stop trying hard to stop torturing yourself.

 

Give yourself a break on the hour. Relax. Take breaks to refresh your mind. Feel good mentally to write freely.

 

Set an alarm to snag your attention span. Give yourself

 

7: See the Truth

 

Writer’s block is an idea.

 

An idea is a bunch of squiggly little energy waves in your mind.

 

Will you allow a bunch of little itty bitty energy waves to dam your creative powers?

 

Bloggers and authors often lend an otherworldly, absurdly intimidating power to these tiny little waves of energy.

 

But the waves are wimps and you are unlimited power.

 

Release the teeny energy waves. Dissolve writer’s block.

 

Bonus Tip

 

Release bloggers who complain about suffering through this blog persistently. Let them go. Stop communicating with bloggers who surrender to this illusion. Give your energy to prolific bloggers who know the truth; fear is illusion. Humans live in abundance.

 

8: Study Prolific Writers

 

Pay close attention to writers who ship diligently.

 

Study prolific writers. Follow their ways. Embody their habits.

 

World renowned author John Grisham wrote for a short period daily even during his busy days as a lawyer.

 

Prolific writers leave clear clues. Observe these pros in action. Do as prolific writers do. Dissolve writer’s block as they dissolved writer’s block.

 

9: Jump into an Icy Cold Shower in the Morning

 

Do you want an intense but foolproof tip for conquering writer’s block?

 

Hop into an icy cold shower as soon as you wake up each day.

 

Tony Robbins and Tim Ferriss both introduced me to the delightful benefits and horrifying dread of hopping into a cold shower on waking.

 

Take a cold shower to promote energy flow and to dissolve mental blocks like good old writer’s block.

 

Speak to your doctor before doing the icy cold shower routine. Get the go ahead prior to giving your body – and ticker – the delicious shock.

 

10: Dissect Your Blog Posts

 

Revisit a portion of your blog post before slamming into writer’s block.

 

Dissect the section to overcome the mental block.

 

For example, I mentioned taking cold showers to overcome writer’s block for the prior tip. Dissecting the cold shower tip spurs me to either share a similar tip for the following tip or to flesh out the cold shower tip. Perhaps you live in the tropics. Cold showers rarely exist in locales where hot conditions super-heat water pipes. Adding 100-200 extra words for a cold shower alternate improves writing flow to dissolve writer’s block.

 

Tomb of the Kings, Paphos, Cyprus.

 

Think through earlier stages of blog posts. What can you expand? How can you elaborate? What details can you add to blog posts?

 

Carefully dissect posts to dissolve mental blocks to writing.

 

Conclusion

 

Follow each tip diligently.

 

Put writer’s block in your rear view mirror.

  1. Ryan Biddulph says:
    at 7:35 am

    Are you struggling like bloody hell with writer’s block?

    Make sure you download a few resources too!

  2. Jasper Oldersom says:
    at 10:19 am

    Hey Ryan,

    It’s been a while since my last visit to your blog. I’m loving the new design!

    Writer’s block certainly is a mental thing. Your tips are insanely helpful as always.

    Meditating is always a challenge for me. However, with an app called “Headspace”, I get 10 minutes of guided meditation with little effort.

    #2 seems contradictory, it’s not. The more you write, the easier it gets to write something. You also build the necessary momentum and strength to push through, even though you do not feel like writing one bit. It’s simple as that!

    I do not excercise nearly enough. I do between 50 and 100 push ups every day and do the planking challengee for 2×80 seconds daily, but I could use some more cardio to start sweating and keep the blood flowing.

    One thing I happened to find out is that when I plug in earphones and listen to some instrumental music, I immediately focus on the task at hand and won’t be distracted. It’s definitely not for everyone, but personally I’ve found this to be very powerful.

    Studying writers like you, Ryan, is absolutely inspiring. It’s just like the four-minute mile. When Roger Bannister showed it could be done, it became the new standard.

    A cold shower is just TOO MUCH for me. I do like to end my shower with some cold water, though. I think Tony Robbins even owns a sophisticated machine which wakes up all his cells.

    #10 is solid, Ryan. I’m already on your list, and never disappointed.

    Thank you for this amazing blog post, Ryan. It was a pleasure to read your insights.

    – Jasper

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 8:48 pm

      Hi Jasper,

      Awesome buddy. You’re doing all you can to raise your vibe, to dissolve writer’s block.

      Judging from your inspired comments and blog posts you’re doing A-OK in that department.

      That sounds like a bunch of exercise to me! I need to get serious about push ups. I do a few daily but formerly did 1000 of ’em, albeit my form was not so great.

      I’ve heard that about Tony Robbins. When living in Savusavu – home to his Namale Resort – I spoke to a few women who attended one of his big ticket seminars who snooped around his house a bit. They found some ground-breaking, cutting edge supplements to help him revitalize his cells because he had almost lost his voice/exhausted his vocal chords from being such a dynamo over the years.

      Thanks as always for your fabulous comment Jasper 🙂

      Ryan

  3. Richard Seaton says:
    at 10:41 am

    Hi Ryan – great post as usual which addresses 10 really helpful issues for writers. But does ‘Insidious Writer’s Block’ apply to me if I’m not an insidious writer?

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 4:45 pm

      Hi Richard,

      There is nothing insidious about you or your clever, fun, witty cartoons. Not at all 😉

      Thanks for reading!

      Ryan

  4. Tom Watts says:
    at 11:01 am

    Hey Ryan,

    Great stuff as always!

    The only one I can’t agree with is the whole silence thing. I’ve found that listening to music while writing actually helps me go longer and find more creative ideas.

    HOWEVER – it has to be the right kind of music. Melodic and kind of repetitive music seems to have the effect, but overly fast, lyric heavy music has the reverse effect.

    I started noticing this after reading an article (years ago, no link to be found) about why video gamers can spend so long playing games – and it was because of the melodic background music that stimulated the brain to focus harder and longer.

    I often do still suffer from writers block – but for me it’s the first part of the writing process. I have the hardest time figuring out WHAT to write about and what the focus of the article should be.

    Once I have that information, it’s actually really easy for me to pump out 1,000-2,000 words in a readable format. So that’s what I’m focusing on next!

    I like the cold shower part too – supposedly it has all kinds of benefits on both muscles and the brain – I should really start doing that again… it’s pretty cold up in Canada in the winter though!

    Anyway, you’re probably starting to lose interest in this comment at this point, so I just have one more question for you – would you do me the honour of guest posting on Blog Traffic Builder? If not, no hard feelings, friends still ON. 🙂

    Thanks
    Tom

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 4:54 pm

      Hi Tom,

      #1 – Yes, oh yes. I’d be honored to guest post on Blog Traffic Builder. Please send me a few ideas at rbbidd@gmail.com so I can write something geared toward your audience’s needs. Thanks much dude!

      #2 – I totally hear you on writing with music too. I love writing in silence. No noise helps ideas flow for me. But I also love writing here and there with, say, Shamanic drumming playing in the background, courtesy of Youtube. That beat creates a trance-like flow which rocks for inspiring a flow of ideas too.

      The WHAT can be challenging. Do you poll your readers? I often just ask my readers on Facebook what they want me to write about to address the what/topic matter.

      COLD in Canada, way cold! Things must get brutal up there. If you can turn the dial over a wee bit from hot you are good to go methinks. Things get insanely tough with the cold shower bit even in little old, not too cold, NJ, with temperatures dropping to single digits.
      I’m a fraidy cat when it comes to jumping in the cold shower those days LOL.

      Thanks as always for the awesome comment Tom.

      Ryan

      • Tom Watts says:
        at 4:03 pm

        Hey Ryan,

        I’ll send you over an email shortly! Sorry it took me a while to reply, I had ticked the “notify me of follow-up comments by email” box, but received no such email…

        Anyway, I DO poll my readers, but I think I’ve kept it a little too broad (see here: http://blogtrafficbuilder.com/give-readers-content-they-want/) I guess I need to be more specific/open-ended with my polling.

        From that survey, it was pretty obvious my readers wanted to know the most about making money from their blogs. So I started writing more content about that, but it doesn’t seem to be doing as well as other content I’ve put out previously… I might have to go back to the drawing board this time around.

        That’s probably why I’ve been struggling for ideas recently. My readers told me that’s what they wanted, but then don’t seem to be reacting to it very well. And so I’m unsure whether I continue writing about making money, or whether I write about whatever I was writing about before.

        I wouldn’t consider myself a huge blog earner, but a few hundred bucks a month when I’m being consistent isn’t bad. Most of my money comes from my business though (http://topshelfmedia.ca) and right now it’s a tossup between focusing on that or focusing on my blog.

        Tom’s gotta eat, so the business is taking a lead at the moment – but I’d prefer to spend more time on my blog.

        Any and all advice is welcome!

        tom

      • Ryan Biddulph says:
        at 5:04 pm

        Hi Tom,

        I’d go with what you feel most passionate about (blog versus other biz), only because that’s where your greatest success lies.

        I made the most money with my freelance writing business a few years ago but grew to hate it. So I trashed it. Even though I went thru some shaky times after that it opened me up to many new, exciting situations, that led to prospering/money making and increased fulfillment.

        You can always scale down your business thru Top Shelf while diving into blogging with both feet, earning some income while committing as much energy as possible to blogging.

        As for the feedback and then, lukewarm reception, it may just be an inner vibe thing on your part. I know this is a toughie to embrace – I am still working on it myself – but it could just be a mental block around success that’s manifesting as a less than energetic response to issues your audience at least seems to be interested in.

        Example: when I created the 11 Fundamentals of Successful Blogging Audio course I felt amazingly clear on it. Cutting edge, authentic, captivating, filled with practical tips, and it’s funny too, my readers gushed over it on social media.

        Then after 8,000 – yes, 8 THOUSAND – sales page impressions, I didn’t sell one. Not one sale. Turns out, I had some big time mental blocks around money, success, and the value of that course in general. It had nothing to do with pricing, nor course quality, as I knew it and big time earning, hyper successful internet marketer David Boozer is infatuated with the audio course. He’s a 6 figure yearly guy and sponsors hundreds to his network marketing team in a short time, so it gave me some extra validation and clarity that I needed to give it the love it deserves so others can appreciate it.

        After making a few tweaks I generated sales but am just starting to promote it effectively and to get it endorsements now.

        Whenever there’s a disconnect, between strong initial feedback, and then, a lukewarm or outright dead response, it’s always an inner game.

        Have you tried EFT tapping Tom? It could help you with clearing out any mental blocks around your blog, and your posts. Ditto with anything in life LOL. I love it.

        Also, the blogging audio course is really, really, really helpful and could be a match for you because I delve heavily into the inner world of blogging, devoting a number of fundamentals to mindset work, which is where the root of our blogging struggles lies.

        Here’s the link to get a feel for it:

        https://www.bloggingfromparadise.com/11-fundamentals-blogging-course/

        Thanks for sharing with us Tom. Appreciate it!

        Ryan

        PS….gotta check on that comment response check box. Item #135 on my To Do list after this theme and CDN change, LOL. Sorry about that!

  5. Ravi Sharma says:
    at 10:01 pm

    Hey Ryan
    Thanks for sharing this awesome article.
    I am really big fan of yours bcoz the way you generate killer ideas to write an article is amazing.I always try to follow your tips.Your tips are always helpful buddy.
    Thanks
    -Ravi

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 10:49 am

      Hi Ravi,

      Thanks so much for reading my friend 🙂

      You’re churning out awesome content at GeeksGyan so keep up the great work.

      Ryan

  6. Don Purdum says:
    at 4:14 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    I agree wholeheartedly with your perspective, but I think there is one dynamic that may be missing…

    Clarity of message.

    The way to get it is to approach it by creating specificity; ie one person with one problem / need / want / desire with one solution.

    As you know, I have taken some great people through the process of answering four key questions that go from one page to 50 pages or more:

    1. What problems are you passionate about solving?
    2. What tangible values do you want your customers to experience and how did they feel about it?
    3. What specific problems do you solve for each individual tangible value
    4. Who do you specifically solve each problem for

    You can imagine the clarity and simplicity. Lisa Irby went through the process and said that she was amazed by the hundreds of highly specific articles / content that she could create because of the process.

    She’ll never have writers block again, lol…

    Just wanted to add that perspective Ryan. Thanks for allowing me to share.

    Have a great weekend!

    PS – It’s great to see you have comments turned back on!!!!!!

    ~ Don Purdum

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 5:09 pm

      Hi Don,

      That is an awesome add.

      Clarity dissolves writer’s block instantly.

      It’s like, when you focus on the passion and problems you open a door just a little bit to follow the 3 other steps of your approach.

      I was writing a guest post 5 minutes ago and the words flowed like magic.

      Why?

      I asked the blogger specifically what topic he had in mind, and what his audience wanted, so I could easily fulfill your 4 smart questions/steps.

      Thanks much for sharing Don, and me too!

      Have a great one 🙂

      Ryan

  7. Ayodeji Awosika says:
    at 5:01 pm

    Hey Ryan,

    Great tips here. I’ve never heard anyone mention meditation as a tool for writer’s block. I meditate before I sit down to write, and it helps a ton!

    I need to clear the clutter in my mind before I can create. I bet it would help many other people if they tried it.

    Off to share!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 5:05 pm

      Hi Ayodeji,

      You are a smart guy 😉 Meditating is my #1 tool for dissolving writer’s block.

      Thanks for sharing!

      Ryan

  8. Muhammad Ahmad says:
    at 11:43 pm

    Hi Ryan,
    I am back after a long time, blog design has become more than awesome 🙂
    Loving the way you optimized the speed, navigation and everything.
    Also, very happy to see the comments section back!
    Coming to the post, Great tips indeed.
    Thanks for sharing!
    ~ Ahmad

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 8:55 am

      Hi Ahmad,

      Great to see you brother! We have some CDN/caching/SSL stuff to work through – broken images and the like – but all going well so far 😉

      Thanks man!

      Ryan

  9. Oty Emmanuel says:
    at 7:57 am

    Thank you for these tips. Writers’ block is a huge issue for me. sometimes I resort to plagiarism and it does actually lands me in trouble.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 12:50 pm

      Hi Oty,

      Thanks for checking out the post.