How to Slay Writer’s Block

by Eliot Gilbert, Age 19, Canada


While we as writers are every-so-eloquently conjuring ways to artfully preach important truths or messages, our mortal enemy lurks just out of sight. I’m talking about the two words every prose-guru or poetry-matriarch shrieks at when they are so much as mentioned. I’m talking about writer’s block.

I have not met one single person in this beloved craft who has not been effected by this unfortunate condition. Here are a few techniques I use to slay writer’s block.

Stop your writing mid-sentence. Starting a new paragraph or a new chapter can sometimes be as hard as starting a new story. When you are finished your writing session, stop mid-sentence, and that way, you can start in the same mind-set you finished in.

When you’re stuck, re-write. Save your draft, and rewrite a paragraph or even a chapter. This will get you writing, and will get you in the right frame of mind to continue with your work.

Just force yourself. I know this one seems obvious, but I notice that a lot of writers just wallow in their lack of ideas, rather than force themselves to get their thoughts down on paper. Don’t do that; just keep writing. Write the first thing that comes to your mind, and get the ball rolling. The worst thing that can happen is that you have a segment of your writing that you don’t want to use, and the best case scenario is that you are out of your funk. No more excuses. Just write.

Work on something else. Anything at all. Write a journal entry, even, and when you are in that creative space in your mind, dive into the project you were stuck on head-first.


Eliot Gilbert is a 19 year old aspiring novelist from Canada. Eliot says, “As long as I’m writing, I’m happy, but novels are my raison d’etre, so to speak. I am in the middle of writing my first manuscript, and am also trying to break into the writing scene a little more.” Read Eliot’s blog about tea.

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