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Actively Unblock Writer’s Block with these Time Tested Techniques!

Actively Unblock Writer’s Block with these Time Tested Techniques!

Kathleen O'MaraToday’s guest post is courtesy of Kathleen O’Mara, author of Inspiration: Write Every Day.

Find out more about the book at her website, http://www.kathleenomara.com!

In this great post, Kathleen is addressing the awful topic of Writer’s Block…


(also known as “My characters aren’t talking to me”.)


We’d love to hear your thoughts on writer’s block and how you deal with it in the comments!


Recent debate in writing circles has focused on the concept of writer’s block. The comments provoke great emotion on both sides of the argument. 

Some say there is no such thing as writer’s block; it’s only a lazy writer who will use a block as an excuse. Those who experience writer’s block describe periods of complete despair over the inability to produce written work.  Experience and reason fall somewhere between the extremes. 


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Certainly, we want to give hope to those writers who are in the midst of a dry spell or are having difficulty completing a project. Most writers will admit that there are moments when ideas flow quickly and easily with fabulous plots and dialogue. Other times we need to work hard at our craft.


Discipline and pushing through with the technical aspects of writing creates good habits. A writer with good habits will be able to deal with whatever block comes. Creating stories and making them palatable for the audience requires dedication and perseverance. 


Our craft is two-fold: creative and technical. Blending these opposite brain processes explains why some writers have the reputation of having difficult personalities. We navigate bi-polar processes as a part of what we do every day. One could blame extreme brain functioning as the reason for the delayed shift or writer’s block. 


Research of famous authors of the past reveals time tested techniques to keep the creative juices flowing. The personal letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Lewis Carroll or Henry David Thoreau reveal the thought and ongoing written dialogue these writers had with colleagues and loved ones about their work. Often these writers travelled extensively, reading volumes while in transit, reaching their destination with a change in perspective and an enhanced passion for their work. 


Reading: We read what interests us. Hopefully we’re working with subjects for which we are passionate. 

Letters: Conversations about our work help us become clear about the message or the story. 

Travel: Changing location provides a new perspective to our stories even walking around the block can clear our heads and bring new energy to a project. 

Passion: If we aren’t passionate, why are we writing? 


Yes, writer’s block happens but it doesn’t have to be devastating. The pause in creativity offers the time to change focus or location for a period of time. Pick up a book or the phone, take a walk or visit a friend. Relax into the break allowing energy and passion to build for the project. You’ll be back to it with increase vigor and excitement. 


Kathleen O’Mara has written thousands of articles, short stories and poems as a ghost writer, in-print and online. She wrote Inspiration: Write Every Day to share her passion for writing with others.  For more information about Inspiration: Write Every Day visit: http://www.kathleenomara.com  or Amazon.com.


I like to get out of the house and hit up my favorite coffee shop with a good book. Over to you… What are your techniques for overcoming writer’s block? 


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8 thoughts on “Actively Unblock Writer’s Block with these Time Tested Techniques!

  1. I don’t use the term “writer’s block.” It doesn’t seem to describe what I am going through in a specific way. I need to be specific, because everything seems fuzzy and out of focus when I am at that stage. Instead of plowing on ahead. I stop. Then I go back in my pages to where I WAS writing from my heart, or at least effectively. I usually remember what I was doing “right” and what my goal was.

  2. I go on a stream of conscious rampage. Just absolutely crazy stuff. And somehow that brings out the creative juices and I find myself writing what I wanted to write!!

  3. I found this post particularly fascinating because when I deal with writer’s block on the professional front (more technical and business-type writing), I cope by writing about creative subjects – my kids. 🙂

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