Writer’s block. From writing an essay for english class to writing a full length novel and everything in between, writer’s block is one of the most frustrating obstacles to overcome. Alternatively, there are tons of ways to overcome the great wall of writer’s block (or to at least make it a tad less high).

In order to start dealing with writer’s block you need to go to the source.

Why are you feeling like you can’t write? Is it timing? Lack of inspiration? Whatever it is, this question can be difficult to answer and more often than not there isn’t just one reason nor one solution. Writing is an art; not a science so unfortunately there isn’t a magic formula to follow that will help you become a better writer.

Except one, patience and experience. The best way to get through writer’s block is to just start writing, getting the thoughts out of your head and onto paper or a document. After that then you can start organizing.

But before you start writing, here’s some tips to help you sort through the bricks in the wall of writer’s block.

  • Get rid of distractions.
  • Switch up your environment.
  • Try stream of consciousness writing.
  • Listen to some music.
  • Make some coffee or tea.
  • Brainstorm ideas with a friend.
  • Read inspiring quotes or just read anything in general.
  • Do something to get your blood flowing.
  • Establish a set routine that gets you in the habit of writing.

How to NOT overcome writer’s block (common things we all do when we’re stuck in a rut while writing):

  • Don’t wait until you “feel inspired”.
  • Don’t watch TV or YouTube videos (no matter how tempting).
  • Don’t procrastinate or make excuses.

The best way to get through writer’s block is simply by writing. Just write absolutely anything. Don’t think too much; it doesn’t have to be well articulated or even presentable. “Writing about writer’s block is better than not writing at all.” --Charles Bukowski

So when worst comes to worst, just sit down, get a pen, open your laptop, and just start writing.