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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.
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
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...
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