Proven Strategies for Overcoming Writer’s Block

Have you ever gotten stuck when you’re trying to work on a story? Sometimes you can’t think of anything. Sometimes you have so many ideas that you feel paralyzed with indecision. Writer’s block is a real problem, but like Cindy points out in the following video, it’s just a temporary one. 


We hope you enjoy hearing strategies for avoiding writer’s block from some of our more productive students.


  • Take a break and come back to it in a day or two with fresh eyes.
  • Take a walk to get away from your screen.
  • Bounce ideas off your critique group.

Strategy from Bonnie Kelso:

  • Identify the source of your anxiety and make peace with it.

Strategy from Kristi Bartholomew

  • Set the mood when you write with music, candles, or a scent.

Strategy from Celeste Turner:

  • Take a break by listening to picture book readings by some of your favorite authors on YouTube.

Strategies from Carole Meyer-Rieth

  • Give yourself a chance to brainstorm or be inspired or interested by something.
  • Think about what makes you laugh.

Strategies from Ken Lamug

  • Change your environment by going to the park or the library or even another room in your house.
  • Listen to new music. Sing along!
  • Rest. (And make sure you’re not feeling guilty about resting.)

Strategies from Cindy Ritsko:

  • Change your environment. She likes to climb trees.
  • Change your mind.
  • Join a critique group!

We hope this helps! Thanks for reading!

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Myrna Foster
Myrna Foster

Myrna Foster writes and edits content for Storyteller Academy and the WriteRiders Newsletter for SCBWI Nevada. She has spent a lot of time teaching and coaching children, including five years as a preschool teacher. She's also worked as a journalist, and Highlights High Five has published six of her poems.

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