Sometimes it’s hard to think of things to write about. Many writers struggle with writer’s block, and there are many ways to work through it.
- Read for inspiration
- I like browsing the Library Journal news for library topic ideas.
- Use a prompt
- Work on some kind of puzzle to clear your mind – I like brain games on my phone.
- Listen to different music
- I alternate between EDM and rock.
- Try doing a craft such as painting or drawing
- I like to sew whenever I can. It’s relaxing and complex at the same time.
- Watch a movie or show to relax
- I recommend Law & Order, Ghost Adventures, or a cartoon for something funny.
- Clean up the area you live in to refresh your surroundings
- For me, doing the dishes or changing the laundry over works well as a quick task.
- Make a writing schedule
- I usually do my writing on Saturday or Sunday when I have more time to think.
- Drink a favorite beverage
- Coffee, lemonade with extra lemon juice, cherry coke zero, or better yet all three.
- Change where you’re working
- If you can, work outside, it’s amazing.
- Go for a walk or exercise
- Even stretching will help refresh your brain.
If nothing else works, take a nap. Those fix many problems.
By Gretchen Hendrick Gardella, MLIS
Gretchen Hendrick Gardella is a Librarian with administrative, research, and vast technical skills. Ms. Gardella brings over 16 years of experience working in academic and public libraries to the discussion.