30 Surefire Ways To Bust Through Writer’s Block

Are you feeling stuck and uninspired in your work as an author?

Have you extinguished that spark of creativity that lights up your imagination and ability to write with ease?

Maybe you’ve lost track of where your writing was going, or you feel like the well of ideas has run dry.

Writer’s block affects all authors from time to time, but knowing this offers little comfort to those who are currently experiencing it. It’s a painful, frustrating place to be.

Author and blogger Jeff Goins has narrowed the causes of writer’s block down to these three common culprits:

Timing – your ideas aren’t quite well-formed enough to be memorialized in writing.

Fear – you feel way too vulnerable to put your work out into the world to be judged or criticized.

Perfectionism – you need everything to be perfect in your head before you start.

Science fiction author Charlie Jane Anders says that writer’s block is actually too broad a term for a number of different creative challenges. She breaks up the concept of writer’s block in these 10 problems:

  • Being unable to commit to a single idea.
  • Getting stuck on one part of the outline.
  • Getting stuck in the middle of the story or concept.
  • Hitting a dead end because you took a wrong turn a while back.
  • Feeling bored with characters who aren’t doing anything or material that seems dry.
  • Being paralyzed by future imagined negative reactions.
  • Not being able to think of the exact right word.
  • Thinking the story or idea was great in concept, but now seems all wrong in writing.
  • Getting stuck while slogging through revisions.

Having an awareness of what your block might be can enable you to judge how best to proceed.

Fortunately, authors have a variety of opinions for busting through writer’s block. Just remember that what works in one situation may not work in another. That’s why we at Authority.Pub encourage you to try out many different strategies to figure out what works for you.

Some are practical, some are more creative, and some are a little woo-woo. Whether or not you believe in muses and divine inspiration, don’t rule any out until you’ve tried them.

The most important part is that you do something. Don’t just sit there staring at an empty sheet of paper or a blank document on the screen. Once you get the momentum going, you will be on your way soon enough.

Here are 30 ideas on how to overcome writer’s block.

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How To Write An Unforgettable Book Title That Screams “Buy Me!”


The old adage is to never judge a book by its cover.

If you’re an author, there couldn’t be a more useless piece of advice.

Not only do readers judge a book by its cover, but they pay particular attention to the title. Your book title can make or break the success of your book.

According to research  conducted by author, blogger, and speaker Michael Hyatt, consumers check out a book in the following order:

Title
Cover
Back Cover
Flaps
Table of Contents
First few paragraphs of the book’s content
Price

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This means the title is your first impression with potential readers, and it’s your first opportunity to make a mark.

A great title will catch a reader’s attention and draw them in. This makes it your most important marketing tool.

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10 Predictions for the Future of Self-Publishing

It’s always valuable to review the past and take stock of the present in order to prepare for the future.

This is especially true in the rapidly changing world of self-publishing.

As Authority Pub partner Barrie Davenport writes, “Self-publishing has changed the entire playing field, and now anyone who has a book inside of them can get it out, publish it, and sell it.”

That’s great news for self-published authors who are choosing to take matters into their own hands without waiting for a traditional publishing house to give them permission.

However, indie authors are required to learn a lot about the industry and take on new roles and responsibilities — including staying on top of how the industry is evolving.

At Authority.Pub, we are here to help guide you through the pertinent information.

Before we review the trends for the future, let’s take a look at how the self-publishing industry has grown and changed — and how the perception of self-published authors is evolving for the better.

Not too many years ago, self-publishers were perceived as “the poor relations” in the eyes of the industry and with readers.

It was the last resort for authors who couldn’t make it with traditional publishers.

But now even some bestselling authors from the big 5 publishing houses have jumped on the bandwagon, as self-publishing has become much more accepted and commonplace. 

The old stigmas attached to self-publishing are falling away, especially as Amazon is tightening the rules to ensure better quality books from indie authors and legitimate reviews from readers.

As a self-published author, you will find yourself in excellent company.

(Sidebar: If you want a checklist for self-publishing your bestseller then click here to check out our 46-point guide.)

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