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9 Ways to Beat Writer's Block

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Sometimes, we all get stumped. Some people call it “writer’s block,” “hitting a wall” or “maxing out.” No matter what you call it, brain drain is a real thing.

To help prepare for the inevitable, we put together a few creative exercises the journalists at PowerPost use to try when you feel yourself slipping closer to your low-energy zone.

8 Writing Prompts to Beat Writer's Block

Tired of writing about boring stuff? (Let’s face it, even in the coolest jobs, it’s still WORK.) We put together a list of creative writing prompts to get those creative juices flowing.

  1. Describe a day at the office from a dog’s perspective.
  2. Name 10 different ways to say: freezing, green, nervous, bald
  3. Write about a lie you told for a good. Now for bad.
  4. If you were given an extra hour to do anything other than something you would normally do (chores, family obligations, work, TV), how would you spend it?
  5. Describe the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen.
  6. Even if it’s in the morning, reflect on the highest point of your day so far. The lowest point.
  7. What do the Post-It notes say for: George Washington, Kim Kardashian, God
  8. Sometimes just keep asking the  who, what, when, where and why questions.

Beat Writer's Block by Taking a Break

Can you command creativity? What IS in your control is your environment, Is it noisy? Cluttered? Distracting? Set up your workspace for success. Are you on a schedule? Setting specific time aside can alert your body that “Hey, it’s writing time!” If you have tried these things, sometimes stopping, deep breathing and refocusing is the best medicine. Take a walk. Switch tasks. Drink some water. Content is useless unless it truly offers value, so unless you can put forth high-quality content, your job is not done. Take the time to do it right.

How do you break through writer's block? Let me know in the comments.

This article was originally posted on Powerpost Digital

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