- Take a break! Walk away from your desk, laptop, or notebook and do something that isn’t remotely related to writing. Make a cup of tea and watch a favorite 30-minute sitcom, work on a scrapbook page, read a good book or just take a walk outside. Doing an activity that isn’t writing will get you out of your rut and hopefully get your creativity flowing once again.
- Switch gears. If you’ve been working on a fiction piece for a while and a character or plot problem has you stumped, put it aside and work on an article you’ve been neglecting. The same goes if you’re currently working on an article or tough blog post; put it down and work on a poem or short story. Switching gears will get you writing again, only on a different project. Once you’ve written for about 30 minutes or so on the other piece, resume your writing on the work that caused your writer’s block.
- Set your breaks at regular intervals. This will keep you from working for three or four hours straight on a project, and may also help you from getting computer-related headaches or backaches. If you plan to work for a while, make sure you have regular breaks throughout your day, just like you would at a regular office job.
- Listen to music or watch a funny movie. This will help you relax and, depending on the music or movie you choose, might even help to inspire your creativity!
- Spend time with your family. Take your kids for a walk, build a fort and play pretend games, get out a board game or just snuggle together on the couch with a favorite TV show. Just spending time with your partner or children will help to relax you, and take your mind off of whatever project has you stumped.
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