You Haven’t Tried This Cure for Writer’s Block Yet

It happens at least once to every writer: that awful moment where you take a walk to the bathroom, splash your face with water and scream, but you still have nothing to write.

Listen, it’s normal. All writers go through this at one time or another. Anyone who has to come up with content regularly especially feels the pinch. You can’t have weeks and months rolling by with nothing posted when others rely on you for fresh perspectives. So, the stress piles on. 

I am no stranger to writer’s block myself. There are a million reasons why it hits. Life gets busy. You lose interest in your usual genre. Maybe you are becoming repetitive.

During times when I can’t think of anything to say for myself, sometimes coming to someone else’s rescue gets me right out of the writing slump. However, there is another option that many writers don’t think about.

Join Quora.

It’s a network of people asking questions on every topic imaginable. You would be amazed how much inspiration you can glean from this. Join the network and pick questions that interest you and write your piece using that question as your thesis (the statement to be discussed, proved, supported, etc). You don’t have to use the question directly in your piece (and probably shouldn’t). Just use it as fuel for your dying inspiration fire.

Another factor could be that you may need to change genres. Writing the same kind of thing all the time might strain one part of your brain and leave another to grow weak. I am no scientist, so I couldn’t tell you exactly what is happening up in your noggin’ but I am pretty sure that doing too much of one thing never ended well for anyone.

When you don’t feel like writing, take a moment to close your eyes and meditate. Allow your inner self to slowly open up and tell the conscious you what is wrong. By taking the time to look inside, you will be able to find the source of your writing block.

You may not be able to fix it overnight, but the first step to fixing any problem is to find the root cause. Once you do, you can find the right cure.

Published by Kim-Lee Patterson

Kim-Lee Patterson is an editor and author from Ontario, Canada. Since 2011, she’s edited for a variety of clients, ranging from job seekers and students to business owners and book authors. Her versatile editing style and her ability to mimic other styles are some of the things that her clients love about her and her work.

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