It’s the blank page blues. Something any writer can catch at any time. But how do other writers shake up their routines and beat the block?
Here are a few expert tricks to Crush Writer’s Block.
1. Break up your writing day.
“I get up at 7:30 and work four hours a day. Nine to twelve in the morning, five to six in the evening… No one ought to work more than four hours.”
– Kurt Vonnegut, author of Cat’s Cradle.
Take time out of your day to read.
“If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the tools to write.”
– Stephen King, author of The Dark Tower series.
Keep writing even when you know it’s not your best.
“I’ve decided that the trick is just to keep at it for several hours, regardless of your own vacillating assessment of how the writing is going. Showing up and staying present is a good writing day.”
– Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!.
Create or revisit your outline.
“I write an outline. Then a slightly more detailed outline. Then another with even more detail. Sentences form, punctuation is added, and eventually, it all turns into a book.”
– A.J. Jacobs, author of The Know-It-All.
Fit your writing time in whenever you can.
“Sometimes you have to get your writing done in spare moments here and there.”