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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As much time as we writers spend alone behind our computers tap, tap, tapping away, one thing is certain: we just can’t do it alone.

The business of writing, designing, editing, publishing, marketing, and selling your books requires the kindness of strangers — or at least a little help from your online friends who offer various products, services, and insights to help you stay focused, motivated, and up-to-speed on the ever-changing self-publishing landscape.

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Boom!

Your book is finally written, and it’s freakin’ amazing (if you say so yourself).

You’ve sent it off to the editor for a spit and shine.

You’ve created a kick ass cover that looks, well, bestseller-worthy.

You’ve uploaded that sucker to Amazon, and you’re just waiting for the dollars to start rolling in and the readers to start punching in 5 stars and rave reviews.

But instead of that lovely sound of “cha ching,” all you hear is radio silence. Crickets. The vast void of nothingness.

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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.

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10 Simple Steps To Writing A Book (We’ve Sold One Million Copies Using These Steps)

10 steps to writing a book FI

Whether you’re a professional, a blogger, a consultant, a homemaker, a retiree, or anything else — you can learn how to write a book.

Now before you think, “I can’t write a book. What would I write about? Who’d want to read a book I’ve written?” — please hear me out.

I never thought about writing a book either, but as of today, I’ve written more than 20 books over the last year 3 years. I’m not sharing this to brag, but just to let you know it can be done, even if you don’t think of yourself as a book writer.

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I write six days a week an average of 3000 or more words a day.

This writing includes blog posts, books I’m working on, as well as materials for self-improvement courses I create. That adds up to about 936,400 words a year.

According to Amazon’s Text Stats feature, the median length for all books is about 64,000 words. So I’ve written the equivalent of over 14 books in the past year. (I actually did write and publish 8 books this year.)

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