How To Unblock Writer’s Block Fast

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Asking yourself the right questions can have a clarifying impact that will unblock your writer’s block fast.  

One of the most important questions to answer is who are you writing for? Once you have the audience in mind things become much simpler and you’ll know what you want to say to them. Another good question is ask is “what do I want to say?”.

Allow yourself to write badly, don’t let yourself mix editing with writing. A useful app to help with breakthrough your writer’s block is the Most Dangerous Writing App.

Tools to Help with Writer’s Block

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Next time you experience writer’s block look at this chart which contains a summary of the guiding principles of journalism. Hopefully one of these ideas will help you unblock that mental barrier in your mind.

A flow chart of journalisms guiding principles.

If you’re still stuck, try mind-mapping using some of the questions, structure and guiding principles above. You can use a whiteboard, a sheet of paper, or index cards to brainstorm your ideas.

One of the benefits of using index cards is that you can lay them out and reorganize them until you feel confident in your stories structure.

A stack of white index cards on a white marble table.

Plan your writing with the POWER technique. Prepare yourself with a mind mapping session. Select the most relevant topics from your mind map and begin to organize them.

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A great tool to organize and outline is Omni Outliner which help you draft and move your outline around easily. It’s a lot like using paper index cards only it’s digital and can be synced across all your Apple devices. It’s fast, lightweight, flexible and easy to use.

 Omni Outliner for Writer's Block

We hope these quick and practical tips help you unblock your writer’s block fast.

Let us know what works for you in the comments below.