Ten Ways to End “Writers’ Block”

by Madeline

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Every student’s and writer’s favorite excuse; I’ve got “writer’s block.”  Sufferers across the globe claim that there really is no cure…. but here’s a few things to try if the right side of your brain isn’t cooperating:

  1. Make a list! Take out a piece of paper and a pen, sit down, and just start writing. Even the most simplistic words can trigger an idea. Think of the basics, names, settings, plot.
  2. Turn on the TV. The news is full of information, and it might just be your very next essay topic.
  3. Try writing in a different style. If you’re writing an essay, try poetry. If you’re writing a book review, try to write some of the story from another character’s perspective.
  4. Listen to the radio. Think about your favorite songs. Write down some of the lyrics, and just write whatever comes to mind. Songs usually have an underlying theme, and almost every song has it’s own story to share.
  5. Do some research. There is this thing called Google now, you know. It’s actually pretty helpful. There’s also always the old fashioned way…go to a library or a bookstore. There are plenty of reference books out there that can help you.
  6. Call a friend. Start a conversation! Even a text message or an email would suffice.
  7. Interview someone. Come up with a list of questions.  Even the most basic answer can turn into some of the most significant ideas.
  8. Write about your own experiences. People do it all the time… You know that little notebook that your little sister has under her pillow? Yeah, that thing…. What’s it called? A diary. Many people, young and old, journal. It’s a great way to get your feelings out without actually saying anything.
  9. Write a letter to someone…with the intentions of not sending it. Do your worst. Sometimes this can be a great way to get your anger out. Rant, use caps, make crazy spelling errors, no one cares! Because after you’re finished, fold it into tiny pieces and rip it to shreds. Maybe make some pretty paper snowflakes or something.
  10.  Draw. Yeah, even those who prefer the stick figure method, this will work for you too! Pick up a pencil and just doodle.

So there you have it. 10 reasons to just sit at your desk and do your homework.  So next time, you won’t have to explain to your teacher why you only have the last two sentences of your essay written.

*Let’s stop writers block together! Have any suggestions? Feel free to leave it in the comments.

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