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Writer’s Block and How to Overcome It

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I have known so many writers, including myself, who struggle with writer’s block. As a writer, being in a position where you can’t think of anything to write about is not exactly a good thing.

I have gone through this problem, too, and it’s not fun. You get frustrated, tired of trying to come up with new ideas, and you may even wonder if you should give up writing altogether.

Well, let me give you a tip:


Don’t give up writing just because you can’t think of ideas. As long as writing is your passion and you feel that God has called you to be a writer, then don’t give up. Even if you’re just a hobbyist, and want to write a book for fun, you don’t need to let your lack of ideas overcome you.

You can overcome it.

So with that said, here I present you with several amazing ways that can help you overcome this difficult situation many writers find themselves in. Let’s get started!

Pray to Overcome Writer’s Block

Writer's Block - Praying to Overcome

Though not often thought of as a way to fix writer’s block, prayer is powerful. The Lord knows everything, including how to give you ideas. One of the best things you can do when you have writer’s block is to pray that He would give you ideas.

What I’ve done when I don’t know what to write is give my lack of ideas to God. I ask him to fill my mind with new ideas and give me the wisdom to come up with something new. He has unlimited knowledge, and he can fill your mind with ideas you never would have thought of on your own.

And the best thing is, God always answers prayer. Sometimes he answers it in his own time, but he still answers. The Bible says, “Ask, and you shall receive.” Pray and ask God for ideas, and you will receive them.

Sometimes you might not receive them right away. There may be complete silence after you pray. There likely won’t be a booming voice from heaven, saying, “I HATH COME TO GIVETH YOU IDEAS!”

But we can still have faith that God has heard our prayers. He can heal our writer’s block, and share his ideas with us. Prayer always helps.

Get Inspiration to Overcome Writer’s Block

Writer's Block - Inspiration

Look around you.

Everywhere, you can see things. All around you, there are things that can serve to inspire you.

You just need to be open to that inspiration. You need to find it.

There are so many ways to get inspired. Often, when writers have writer’s block, they aren’t so easily inspired. So they have to seek out that inspiration.

Some ways I like to find inspiration:

  • Listen to music (specifically instrumental)
  • Go outside
  • Pray (see above)
  • Talk to others
  • Read books
  • Watch movies
  • Draw/Make art

There are lots of other ways too, but these things typically help me find that inspiration. How you find inspiration is unique to you, and these are just a few ideas to get you started.

Just Write Anything, Forget Writer’s Block

Writer's Block - Just Write

Just write.

It sounds simple, but you know it’s not. Especially when you have writer’s block.

But here’s the thing:

If you’re a perfectionist like me, you’ll want to find the perfect idea of what to write about. You don’t want to write about just anything. You have to write about something special.

But it’s okay to get desperate sometimes. And that means sometimes not writing about the most perfect idea you can think of. Don’t wait for that perfect idea. Just write.

So go outside. Listen to music. Use some of the ideas for inspiration I listed above. Then write.

It doesn’t have to be within your specific genre. It doesn’t even have to be a story. You can write about your feelings and thoughts. Just dump it all out on paper. You can write about writer’s block, and how it’s so horrible.

Write about anything you want.

And then you’ll find that all of a sudden, your creative juices are flowing. You’re actually writing! Even though you have “writer’s block”. Even if you’re not writing about the most awesome thing imaginable, it’s still good. It’s still a start.

So don’t be afraid of writing something imperfect, and just write.

Get Advice

Writer's Block - Getting Advice

Lastly, get advice from others. Talk to your friends, ask them if they have any story ideas. Tell people about your dilemma.

New perspectives are always a good thing when writing. That’s why I always recommend getting beta and alpha readers for your books and getting feedback from other authors.

It’ll probably turn out that you’ve been honed in too much from your book. You’re putting too many boxes around your idea. But sometimes, other people can come in and give you a whole new viewpoint, and point out things that you would never have even thought of.

So talk to people. They will help you.

Further Reading

To read further on how to overcome writer’s block, check out these articles:

How to Overcome the two Types of Long-Term Writer’s Block – Story Embers

2 Tips for Tackling Writer’s Block When Stuck in the Middle – Story Embers

Frustrated Writers Don’t Need More Answers, They Need More Time with God – Story Embers

Guest Post: How to Defeat Writer’s Block by Kayleigh Idea – Grace A. Johnson

Writer’s Block: 10 Ways to Defeat a Writer’s Worst Enemy – Reedsy

How to Overcome Writer’s Block Once and for All: My Surprising Solution – Jerry Jenkins


Writer’s block can be difficult, but with persistence, prayer, proper inspiration, writing ability, and advice, you can overcome it.

I’m not saying it’ll be easy. Depending on how severe your case of writer’s block is, it might take a while for you to find something to write about.

But don’t worry. It’ll pass.

Do you have any thoughts on this post? Do you need any ideas for how you can overcome your writer’s block? Do you have any tips to share on how you fix writer’s block? Start the conversation and leave a comment below!

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18 responses to “Writer’s Block and How to Overcome It”

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  3. Annabelle Avatar

    Thanks, Kiah! Yeah, hopefully I’ll get around to another blog post sometime today. 😉

  4. Kiah Crull Avatar
    Kiah Crull

    This was wonderful Annabelle! Can’t wait to see more from you!

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  7. Lilly Avatar

    As a writer myself, I find these tips to be very helpful when I have writer’s block. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Annabelle Avatar

      Yeah, no problem! I’m so glad this was helpful!

  8. Tasha Van Kesteren Avatar
    Tasha Van Kesteren

    Great post! Defiantly something I struggle with though not as much as I used to!

    1. Annabelle Avatar

      Thanks! Yes, I used to struggle with this as well, until I applied these tips. 🙂

  9. Mackenzie Ren Avatar
    Mackenzie Ren

    Beautiful, Annabelle! The PRAY one is often what I need, but don’t do. Thank you! I love this!

    1. Annabelle Avatar

      Thank you! I’m so glad it was helpful!

  10. Meredith Avatar

    This is so helpful! I do find that listening to classical music really helps! Also, when you have a problem, just ask your siblings, its so funny how they can come up with a logical answer that you have been looking for, when you’ve been looking forever.

    1. Annabelle Avatar

      Thanks! Yeah, classical music is great, and I also like to listen to movie soundtracks. True, siblings can be a lot smarter than they look.

      1. Selah Shupe Avatar
        Selah Shupe

        I can totally relate thanks annabelle

        1. Annabelle Avatar

          Yeah, no problem!

  11. Joelle Stone Avatar

    Ack great post, Annabelle!! And it gave me just what I needed for next week’s article at SOTP. 😛 Thanks a bunch!

    1. Annabelle Avatar

      You’re welcome! But this is copyrighted material! (I think… )

      Anyway, glad this inspired you!