Friday, September 28, 2012

5 Ways to Cure Writer's Block ~ Guest Post by Ken Myers

Please welcome Ken Myers to guest post Friday at the Cyber-bistro.  Ken is editor in chief and frequent contributor of
5 Ways to Cure Writer's Block
Writer's block can be a crippling problem for even the most prolific writers, especially when faced with a deadline. The inability to process ideas at your normal pace only adds to the stress of looming projects. Luckily, there are several things you can do to combat this problem and reduce stress.

Keep Writing

Whenever possible, try to get your juices flowing by writing on an unrelated subject. Hopefully, you can find something you truly enjoy without the pressure of a deadline. Writing for a purpose unrelated to work should help you regain your focus.

Read for Pleasure

While this may sound counterintuitive at first, the idea is to read something written by an author you enjoy. Whether that's your favorite book or poem, something well written will help you find the inspiration you need.

Stream of Consciousness

When struggling to come up with an idea, part of the problem is sometimes writers are being too critical of themselves. To combat this, allow yourself to write whatever comes to mind for a period of ten minutes without editing or second-guessing yourself. You can then evaluate what you've written and hopefully pick a few of the ideas to use in your project.

Reward Yourself

When you do finish your project (or a section of it), reward yourself with something you enjoy. You may find this extra motivation gives you an added incentive to finish those pesky projects you've been struggling with. Your reward can include anything from a night out with your friends or any activity you enjoy. Whatever it takes to keep you motivated.

Take a Break

If you find yourself simply too stressed to focus on anything related to reading or writing, consider taking a short break and looking at the assignment later with a fresh set of eyes. Exercise is a great way to accomplish this in addition to the physical benefits.

When you're struggling with writer's block, it's important to remember your past success. Think back to the times where you've met your deadlines and remember that your difficulties are temporary and not a reflection of your ability as a writer. Everyone struggles on occasion with this problem. The key is how quickly they are able to come out of it.
Author Byline:
Ken Myers the editor in chief is a frequent contributor of Ken helps acquiring knowledge on the duties & responsibilities of nannies to society. You can reach him at

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for your guest post, Ken.  These are great pointers.