How to overcome writer’s block

It doesn’t matter how experienced you are as a writer. Sometimes that blank page is a terrifying barrier. Getting started can be tough. Here are some hints from Copyblogger for getting past that: 10 Tricks For Getting Inspired to Write.


  1. Look at magazine covers
  2. Browse openings (of others’ copy)
  3. Read your favorite author
  4. Retype passages from those favorite authors
  5. Browse quotations
  6. Listen to music
  7. Listen to smart dialogue
  8. Talk to your readers
  9. Close the door (at some point along the way, getting more input is of little use)
  10. Find your joy


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2 responses to “How to overcome writer’s block”

  1. Great ideas, Jeff. I was just thinking of writer’s block because I get so frustrated when that happens. I’m coming to understand that after a few days of intense effort I just have to “close the door” and go do something else totally apart from writing. That might mean reading a non-work related book or catching up on my magazines and newspapers or going to the museum or taking a long walk. The spigot always comes back on after that.

  2. Great ideas, Jeff. I was just thinking of writer’s block because I get so frustrated when that happens. I’m coming to understand that after a few days of intense effort I just have to “close the door” and go do something else totally apart from writing. That might mean reading a non-work related book or catching up on my magazines and newspapers or going to the museum or taking a long walk. The spigot always comes back on after that.

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