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Splat! Things to do when you hit the writing wall

by Stephanie Suesan Smith on May 26, 2011

It happens to everyone who writes much.  Splat! You have hit the writing wall.  The words no longer flow freely and you cannot even yank them out.  Topics dissipate, and your blog, or article, becomes a ghost town.  What do you do now?

Assuming you must write the post or article, or you really want to do so, here are some things to try and coax the muse back into your life:

  • Do something physical.  Get up and walk around the block, lift weights, rearrange the furniture.  Anything reasonably safe and legal to get the blood moving and give your mind a break.
  • Meditate.  Take a few minutes and breathe in, count to five, then breathe out.  Concentrate on your breathing to the exclusion of all else.  This clears the mind and helps reset your internal computer.
  • Spend a few minutes giving your pet your total attention. They will enjoy it and you will calm down just petting them and talking to them.
  • Change locations.  Can you move the computer to another room, or take the laptop to a coffee shop to work?  Sometimes changing your routine will jar things loose.
  • Reach out to your fellow writers.  Talk to people that understand the wall and have found some ways around it.

Hitting the wall is frustrating and can be painful.  There are ways to break through it or go around it.  I hope these suggestions are helpful in doing just that.  What do you do when you hit th wall?

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Carolee a.ka. Blogging Biz Mom May 26, 2011 at 9:30 am

I love to take the dogs for a walk or get into a play session…

That actually covers two of your points! Exercise and playing with the pet!

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Carolee
Come on home – mom blog
Working at home advice

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Stephanie Suesan Smith May 26, 2011 at 9:35 am

Dogs are good for a lot of things when facing writer’s block or just life in general.

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Carolee a.ka. Blogging Biz Mom May 27, 2011 at 11:24 am

They are definitely man’s best friend- usually more of a friend than our human friends.

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Stephanie Suesan Smith May 27, 2011 at 11:26 am

Dogs are great. Mine take good care of me.

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Tia May 26, 2011 at 9:41 am

Stephanie, thanks so much for this very timely post! I will be checking out your ebook come June when my brain is freed up a bit. This community has so inspired me, but I often turn off the computer and hang out with my kids. Their energy and focus on fun rejuvenate me (and when they start fighting, I tell them I have to get back to work!).

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Stephanie Suesan Smith May 26, 2011 at 10:57 am

Glad to help. You have kids, I have dogs. And when mine start fussing I tell them I have to go to work, too.

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Survival Tips Blog May 29, 2011 at 9:01 am

Great tips. I’ve hit the writing wall more times than I care to remember, this post should help me climb over it. Thanks.

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Stephanie Suesan Smith May 29, 2011 at 9:53 am

Thanks for stopping by. Glad to help.

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