Every writer knows that feeling. You sit down with the intent to write, but instead, you end up staring at the blank page in front of you, hopelessly stuck, with the cursor flashing in your face–you’ve got a case of writer’s block.
Maybe you just can’t find the inspiration to get your creative juices flowing, or you’re burnt out from working too hard, or you have too many other things on your mind to think clearly about what you want to write. No matter the reason, know that you’re not alone! Writer’s block hits us all at some point. And it’s up to us individually to figure out how to find inspiration again.
Here are some tactics to beat writer’s block from 10 published authors. Maybe their suggestions will help you write your next bestseller!
“Taking a break (a real break, with no internal guilt trips!) tends to be the solution for me. Alternatively, sometimes I make myself work on whatever it is I’m blocked on for 15 minutes at a time even if I think that what I’m creating isn’t good, and occasionally I find that I break through the block.” — Masha Knots, author of The Beginner’s Guide to Friendship Bracelets
“I definitely had a few times where I struggled to write while making Mixology and Murder. Whenever that happened, I always decided to turn my brain onto something completely different to give myself a little break. So instead of picking a true crime podcast to listen to or documentary to watch, I’d switch over to something relaxing like crocheting or watching anime. Then in a few hours’ time, or even the next day, I felt like I was ready to dive back into writing.” — Kierra Sondereker, author of Mixology and Murder
What helps you beat writer’s block? Share your tips in the comments below!