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Five Common Reasons Behind Writer’s Block

There are several reasons why authors and poets may find themselves face-to-faced with that notorious villain known as “Writer’s Block.” Writer’s Block can last for a couple of minutes, a couple of hours, a couple of days, or even months.

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Here are some various reasons why people might face writer’s block:

  • Lack of Time to Write – trying to find time in our busy schedules can sometimes feel impossible. Many of us do not make money from our writing and so we have to sacrifice our time by going to school or work or elsewhere.
  • Sickness – we all get it. Some of us are lucky to only catch colds or flus while some of us struggle from chronic sickness and lethargy.
  • Lack of Creativity – it’s happened to every writer I know. Sometimes our well of creativity simply dries up without rhyme or reason, but that does not mean that we don’t continue to try.
  • Work – as I mentioned before. For many of us, writing is not our job. Also, for some of us, we are split between our love for writing and the enjoyment we find in our jobs.
  • Home Responsibilities – are you a parent? A sister? A brother? A spouse? An aunt? An uncle? A child? Whoever you are, I’m going to bet that you have some form or another of responsibilities at home that tug on your time and attention.

For one reason or another, writers will almost always hit that inevitable wall.


The first step to overcoming Writer’s Block comes from the need to discover why the writer is blocked in the first place. Once you have establish the why you can work on the how to move forward. Over the next few weeks, I plan on addressing each of these concerns (as listed above) with some tips and tricks on how to combat writer’s block. You won’t want to miss this!

Which of the above reasons do you struggle with the most? Be sure to leave your comments below!

Happy Writing!


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13 thoughts on “Five Common Reasons Behind Writer’s Block”

    1. Andrew, you make some great points in this comment and in your blog post (although I usually advise against dropping links in comments unless asked for them). I agree that the lack of time and the time constraints of work are definitely intertwined. Authors definitely must learn to multitask. Thanks for commenting!

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  1. Scheduling productive writing – my biggest block. Just because I set 1 hour in the morning to write, I may not get creative juices flowing… until later, when the time is up.
    So if no writing happens, I use the time to think of new stories to write later.

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  2. I think the solution is to doodle on the brick wall (writer’s block). Get some beautiful mural art going, take a stroll along the wall and then find the opening to the garden past it.

    Or find a sledgehammer hammer and go for it, haha! 😉😊

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      1. Sure… I spend most of my blogging time with writers of short stories or poetry. The story writers rarely pose problems. The poetic crown forces me to walk a fault line.

        Even though, in many cases, the poems, mostly prose, are not properly punctuated, if even at all, it is incumbent upon the reader to know and understand where the line breaks and pauses are intended. And, while a piece might be so cryptic, only the dead could fathom its meaning, I still feel the need to go deep diving and figure at least a portion of it out.

        Have you ever seen comments that say “good write” or “great ink” or something so random as to quote a loose line from the poem, something like… “the cascading thimble drawers flinched, if only for the benefit of the ballast…” (sigh)

        Stuff like that means, the reader did not get it. I don’t want to be the one to not get it. Crashing and burning on the commenting side leads to bad karma, Kayla. Once one gets started down that path, the path becomes an uphill climb.

        Thank you for asking. Happy TGIF!

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