Tons of people want to write, but think they can’t because they can’t get started. Or, they start writing and are stalled. They don’t know where to go next. Here are 10 ways that you can beat writer’s block and keep writing!

  1. Create an outline: Some people hate to do it, but if you have direction, it’s easier to move down the path to your work’s end.
  2. Read: Read everything you can get your hands on. It doesn’t have to be about what you’re writing.
  3. Visit online forums: Visit writing forums and get some support from other writers. Just don’t spend so much time there that you neglect your work.
  4. Watch movies: Movies are a great way to expand your imagination visually.
  5. Read books about writing: Sometimes writing books can help you over humps you’re stuck on with ways to get around them.
  6. Join a writer’s group where you live: That all-important support and face-to-face peer pressure can really spur you on.
  7. Talk to people: Just start random chats while you’re in line at the supermarket. You’ll be amazed at what you get out of that sometimes.
  8. Set a timer for 5 minutes: Write whatever comes into your head for that amount of time. It doesn’t have to be organized or even cogent, except to you. Sometimes a good brain spew is just what you need.
  9. Avoid negative influences: If there are negative influences stopping you, just avoid them. Or, if you can’t avoid them, just stop listening. Don’t tell them you’re writing at all. Just do it.
  10. Surf the Internet, but only for 15 minutes at a time. Keep a notebook of what you find online. Clipmarks is good for allowing you to capture not only the URL, but some of what you find.

Try these 10 remedies. They work for me, and hopefully, they’ll work for you.

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