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Writers Block is one of the worst feelings a writer can experience.  Even the best writers will suffer it at some point or another.  Point in fact that I myself am suffering writers block in my novel at this moment.

Some writers use it as an excuse to give up and stop writing completely.  This happens more when the writers block  lasts for a considerable period.  It does not just have to be over days, I have known it to be over weeks and even over two months before now.

Writers block can be for many reasons.  Often it can be when you are struggling with a key part of your writing / plot and are not making any headway.  If this continues and affects the flow of your writing you can find yourself feeling "stunted."

Other writers blocks can be because you have overstretched yourself.  Maybe you have been taking too much on or pushing yourself too hard.  This is often when the hobby and joy of writing turns into a tiring chore.

Writers block can blossom following negativity, whether your own doubts about your ability, your future success or from someone else's comments.  Even the most well meaning critiquing can damage a writer if given at the wrong time.  However as writers we must not shy from any critique, we just need to take it personally especially when we have writers block.  If necessary in these times, we should put the critique aside and view it when the block has gone.

New writers often don't realise that Writers block will pass.  It may not feel like that, but then flu often doesn't feel like it will pass while you are in the middle of suffering.

Writers can often get depressed when their writing flounders.  This can then spiral out of control, and you start to question if anyone would even read your work, will it be published at all etc.  You begin to view everything with a critical eye.

I have known writers to discard large chunks of prose during a writers block because they felt it was bad.  This is a mistake, NEVER discard prose during a block.  Put the work to one side and view it again when the block has passed.  You will see things differently when you are not locked in a block.

If other things are happening in your life that are making you low, this can affect your writing.  Be aware of it and try not to view your work too critically at this time.  If necessary, stop writing when you are dealing with other things so you do not fall straight into a writers block and feel worse.

If you do find yourself in a writers block, here are some tips that might help you through it.

Keep writing – If you can, keep writing.  If you find yourself sat before an empty page then just WRITE.  Write whatever is in your head.  Even if it is "I have nothing to write, why won't my brain work.  This is very frustrating..." etc.  

Use Pictures – Find a picture, a scene, a landscape and object etc and describe it.  Don't make it to o fancy, don't use your writers skills or flare just WRITE what you see.  For example "The mantelpiece is dark wood, stretching half way up the wall.  The fire doesn't work now and looks as clean as it did when it was first put in...." etc.

Start a New Project – If it is your current story that you are struggling with, it could be due to a stagnation on your writing.  This happens often if you over-read / over-edit your work.  You get tired of it, see all the flaws and none of the positive aspects.  Start something new.  Even better, have a few different projects on the go anyway to help stop the stagnation from happening to begin with.  It doesn't have to just be stories, how about articles, tutorials, the idea for a comic or screenplay etc.

Write a Letter – Keep the writing going but do something different.  Write a letter to an old friend, or to support a campaign.  Campaign ones are great as they often require you to put your argument down clearly and concisely so this helps to kickstart your creative juices.

Read – Take some time away from your own writing and read a book.  This will give your brain some much needed respite and may also give you fresh ideas or better perspectives.  You may even find a new way of approaching the problems you have in your own work.

Fresh air and exercise – Writers tend to remain indoors, hunched over a computer or pad typing or scribbling away.  Get away from your computer or your area of writing.  Stretch yourself, go for a walk get some fresh air.  Do some gentle exercises to get the blood flowing, this reduces tension, and release endorphins.  You may even be feeling a little dehydrated.  Again, many writers get caught up in drinking tea and coffee rather than water or fruit juice.  Make sure your health does not suffer.

There is no hard and fast rule for Writers Block, the only one I can think of is don't let it stop you completely.  Try the above tips, find some new ones and work out what works best for you.  Depending on what the reason for the block may depend on the tip you use to combat it.


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Tips and suggestions for tackling writers block
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Neglea Featured By Owner Edited Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
In my case I often start drawing. The pictures I create always end up part of the story and/or give me further inspirations.
It's also very helpful to start rereading old notes (I have tons of notebooks on my shelves, with plots, ideas, characters which I currently use or already have discarded because I couldn't find the key piece to connect them with the up-to-date story - though after a few years I was surprised I could, my story suddenly gained so much more complexity. I also merged some of my projects, only to separate them months later lol but both stories still gained something from this short alliance)
Even reading some "how to write" books can be helpful and provide some insight and inspiration Thinking... 

You have very nice tutorials by the way ;P
DarkDelusion Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015
I am finally on dA and replying to all my comments. I'm aware you sent me a comment ages ago... but I wanted to make sure I replied to people.

Thank you for leaving a comment regarding my writers block tutorial, it's always nice to know people have enjoyed them.

It was also nice to know I'm not the only one with shelves (or in my case boxes) full of notebooks crammed full of plots, ideas etc. :)

I hope you are still writing. 
dude7790 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
I get problems like this not just with stories. I also use RPGmaker and usually find myself unable to continue projects after a certain point.  Same goes for drawings. Luckily playing games and watching anime gives me an edge of creativity and helps me continue. :D
Moon-for-One Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is extremely helpful! I'm going  try some of these right now, actually. Writer's Block, I can honestly say, is the worst feeling in the world...EVER. Thanks for the tips!! :D
DarkDelusion Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Glad you liked it, Writer's Block is a true bitch. :)

Hope you overcome yours soon.

PS: any new tutorials I write will be uploaded onto my writers blog and not on dA, just in case you were interested.
Blacksand459 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

I mostly write poetry...and I've even received a DD and some DLDs for several pieces.

It has always been a loaded gun that I could aim and fire at will...I've won some contests on dA after writing a poem in ten minutes time!


That isn't to boast at all. It's to demonstrate that for the first time in my life, I feel dead. The Muse has deemed me unworthy as it were. :(


It has become almost a physically uncomfortable thing. I feel emotions, I have thoughts, I hear music, I see art...and that special knack in my mind to...touch and feel and examine these if I had a seventh sense...being able to go into the middle of things with my hear the colors and taste the sounds....and it is nearly dead and gone.


I feel almost near tears at times. It is utterly...demoralizing. There are other things going on in my life, but I've always been able to write about them and around them and that knack was never hindered by outside issues. I...hope I can emerge from this. I feel as though I've lost a special friend.

DarkDelusion Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Firstly, sorry for the delay - I never seem to have enough time to do anything these days and unfortunately dA is often at the bottom of my list.

I am sorry to hear you have suffered from Writers Block. It is a very crippling condition.

When I was a teenager, no matter what crap I went through whether at home or at school etc I could always write. In fact it was the sanctuary from everything. As I got older that has changed and now it is not always a sanctuary as my brain won't let me just drift off to other worlds when I have responsibilities and issues to deal with here.

Don't feel bad or stressed that your muse is hiding when she/he never did before. We all change, even the damn muses do :)

Your explanation of it being a physical discomfort and having thoughts and music etc but being unable to write does sound familiar to me. It reminds me also of insomnia.

When I suffered from that I would often get the insomnia that made it impossible to shut your brain off. But all the chatter was not usable either so it was not as if I could get up and write or draw or create... it was like a wall between what I wanted to do and what I could do.

We all get Writers Block, it hits different ways, different times... your brain is the control centre, if it needs to take you from your worlds of words there is a reason. Take some time away, use the writers block tips I have suggested, research other methods as I am sure other writers have additional tips.

If there is one thing I know though.... your muse will come back. Days, weeks, even years... they never leave forever

Good luck

PS: any new tutorials I write will be uploaded onto my writers blog and not on dA, just in case you were interested.
Ramani-Rayne Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
Good advice!
DarkDelusion Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Thank you, I am always glad people find my tutorials useful
Allfia Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gah, I've had it well over 5 months -.-' I'll try some of your suggestions...
DarkDelusion Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Oh hun, I know EXACTLY what that is like! Writers' block is a total bitch. I hope you find my suggestions useful and good luck with your writing, I am sure the muse will return to you soon x
Allfia Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Alrighty, thank you ^^
JessieJordan Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Student General Artist
I tend to get writers block when I get a cold or am sick....>.> It's wierd. It's like the writers/artists block is an additional symptom. I just got over a writers block caused by a nasty cold I had. I had to miss one deadline on my manga because I couldn't think.
DarkDelusion Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
That's understandable. Its like your inspirational energy is "blocked" and your body and mind have to deal with fighting the illness so can't spare the energy so your imagination. It's always a good time to take a break from your work.
JessieJordan Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Student General Artist
yeah. But I tried anyway lol. Next time I'll take it easy.
TorySteller Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I found that finding a partner is also helpful. My friend and I take a small period out of our day, usually an hour or so, sit in front of a blank canvas and use our time to paint whatever picture naturally flows into our heads with our words, whether it be connected to something or a freestyle, abstract idea.

Afterwards we read and reflect on both our own and the other's work, discussing how the piece made us feel, what works and what doesn't, that sort of thing. It's also helpful clearing the mind, while getting into the habit of practicing daily, sort of like a work out, or how fighters train by sparring with one another. It's nice to hear feedback from someone else as well.

I agree with your tips 100%
MegaHeroes16 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I'm thinking about using the NaNoWriMo style to conquer my writers block. Is that a good way to conquer it? I mean, I won't edit and check until the final end. Is that good OR must I edit and check once every time?
DarkDelusion Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
With writers block, all I can do is add suggestions as in the tutorial. I can't tell you if any specific method will work - all writers are different. You need to make the decision yourself. Even the ones I listed in the tutorial are just a few of the methods that I know have worked for me.
MegaHeroes16 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Ok, I just wanted to know if the NaNoWriMo style won't make me write horrible literature.
Mariel0503 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
Thanks for the very useful tips =)

The thing that most people tend to do in case of a writer's block is give up and do something else. While it may work when they have been pressuring themselves too much, most of the time when facing the damn page again you are still as blocked as before, sometimes even more because it has been some time since you last wrote and you are losing your confidence. So I'd say you have to keep writing. I found out that for me it's always better to give myself a words/pages limit instead of one based on time. With time, you can always think of some plot ideas, think over and over about the little details or such and say that "you have done something", while with the word count you have to keep writing. Anything can do, but you have to keep the habit of taming something like one blank page a day.
For those very intimidating -in my opinion- blank pages, I have found out that copying the basic ideas/plot first thing can keep the fear away. Of course it's not always possible to do it, but for me it's a good tip since I nearly only use my computer: I put the rough ideas -sometimes copied from another folder/document- in bold, so that they stand out from the rest, on top of the page and start writing a few lines later.

Also, a writer changes his/her style as their lives pass by. I have seen many cases of writers saying that they cannot recognize their work anymore, that it is not like them, that it changes of the usual style. Instead of being afraid of this change -that will still happen no matter what they want-, maybe they should try to take advantage of this new opportunity. Plus writing the exact same thing all year long is not what I call such an exciting way of spending your time... lol Maybe this change means you are going to be able to get better, while you were kind of "blocked" before the block?
Orion-M-42 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
heya Darkness, i'd have to say this is definitely helpful. for formal writing i'll be needing some, if not all of these tips. :D thank you for the insights here.
MadLucied Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010
This.... Is useful as he'll! I'm kinda in a slump with my writings and I'm merely trying tO get started! I got a shinny new notebook for writing and those empty pages are.... Intimidating to say the least!
DarkDelusion Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010
*nods* I know the feeling, when you have something written it feels like you've conquered the page. But when it is still blank, it can be very intimidating. I hope you overcome your block.
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