Writer’s Block – 5 Ways To Overcome the Blank Page and Get You Started Writing Articles and Ebooks

by | Sep 8, 2009 | Creating Products

It has been said that there is no such thing as writer’s block. It makes sense because we never seem to get eater’s block, or having fun block. Yet, sometimes it is difficult to come up with a fresh, new idea at a moment’s notice. Here are some tips on what to do when you face the blank page and just can’t think of what to write about.

 

Go for a walk to get around writer’s block

Getting out in the fresh air can clear your mind and give you some ideas. Don’t walk too far in one direction because when the ideas hit you will want to get back home quickly and write them down. Of course, you could take with you an mp3 recorder so that you can speak your ideas into the mic and not fear losing them at all.

Look through a book

Find a book on the topic you want to write about and skim through it — especially the table of contents. In fact, you don’t even have to pick up a book, you can look one up on Amazon. Just glancing through the table of contents or one chapter of a well-written book on your topic will generally trigger some ideas about what you want to write about. It will make you think back to something that you haven’t thought about for a while and soon you will be writing again.

Listen to a recording

Find a podcast or YouTube video by someone who is speaking on your topic. Hearing another person’s voice speak about what you want to write about will start a conversation in your head that will lead to ideas pouring out of you like water from a faucet.

Make a list of ideas to circumvent current and future writer’s block

I keep a dedicated idea journal. I also have a folder on my computer dedicated to ideas that I could write about. I encourage you to start a similar habit. As you take some notes, more ideas will flow and soon you will be writing again.

Surf the ‘net.

By going on the internet and searching for more information on your topic, you will have ideas coming out of your ears. One site will lead you to the next and the next thing you know you will have your own ideas mixed in with those of hundreds of other people. Your own voice will emerge and you will have much to write about in your specific area.

Still Stuck?

Most of these ideas are great if your writer’s block is caused by a creative or intellectual glitch. However, not all writer’s block is caused by that. If, after trying these tips, you find that you are still stuck, you might need to dig deeper to discover if your blank page syndrome is caused by something else entirely.

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This post was originally published in September 2009. It was last updated in May 2021.

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