The Newbie Writer

Writer’s Block

Finally, you’ve decided to take the plunge and begin a career as a writer. It’s taken years to admit to yourself this is what you’ve always wanted to do and now is the perfect time to begin your new endeavor.

You begin the day in front of your laptop or stare down at your writing pad tapping your pen for inspiration. Instead of writing, you simply stare. Your mind is a blank. You can’t think of one word. The ideas that have been rumbling around in your head for years suddenly vanish. You break out in a sweat when you realize you have nothing important to say. You pace, become restless, and suffer from caffeine overload.

What do you do?


  • Stop drinking coffee if you’ve already had a pot or two.
  • Take a long walk.
  • Or do some gardening or play a sport.
  • Perhaps exercise or meditate.

Soon, the ideas will begin to flow. Don’t forget to bring your cellphone to text ideas to yourself or have a notepad and pencil handy.

However, working from home causes distractions and/or the sound of silence kills inspiration.

  • Go to a coffee shop. The noise and activity help ideas flow.
  • Visit the local library. Sit among books for inspiration.
  • Nice day? Sit on a park bench and people watch. This will soon inspire words to come alive

Homebound? No problem.

  • Music. Depending on your tastes – some people can belch out words with rock, while others prefer classical music.
  • Take a short nap, cover your eyes, and when you are relaxed and fall between sleep and wakefulness, ideas will ping. Don’t forget your writing pad.
  • Just write – one of my writing instructors suggested writing about an outlandish journey that you would take and add strange characters that you would meet on the journey. Very much like The Epic of Gilgamesh, but more fun because you are the hero, even add a bit of romance.

Start with an idea, write an outline, and the rewrites will become rewarding as the story takes hold. Good Luck!

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