Lost for Words: How to Overcome Writer’s Block

Ugh, you have to write another paper? Well you’re not alone if you get writer’s block, almost every student goes through it. You might feel like you’ll never get out of it, but there are some tips to help you with this problem. There are many things that you as a student can do to help improve writing and help solve writer’s block. First of all, you might be able to prevent writer’s block and the best way to do it is to stop writing when it is going good.The most popular thing to do is to stop your writing is excellent. But if you happen to experience writer’s block, then some tricks are to walk away, maybe take a cold shower, break the story down, listen to music, or talk to someone about your story.

Mrs. Nadow a 7th and 8th-grade teaches Language Arts and Creative Writing. She has some of her own ways to solve writer’s block, and some tips to improve writing as a whole. When she gets writer’s block she says that finds that taking a break, sometimes for weeks, helps to clear the mind and makes starting again easier. She also switches between different parts of the paper so later she just has to piece the parts together and fill in other smaller holes. For new writers, she suggests “to write the ending of your paper if you don’t have one written yet or if it is already written then write out an outline or the plot arc of the story.” For adults that have the ability to drive she says to take a dive and clear your mind. Even while driving, you could think of plot twists or more description of the characters.

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Mrs. Nadow tells teen writers to step away and to do something else, get some fresh air, or to write out/change the outline of the story. To improve writing she tells them to find a designated space, get rid of all distractions, and turn off all notifications on your phone. Set aside a time each day or once a week. If you don’t have as much time then you could write for two hours on the weekend to at least get some good writing in during a week.

One 8th grader whose in both of Mrs Nadow’s classes, Samantha Lichter, has some of her own opinions for writing. She said to solve writer’s block,

“I take long breaks or I eat because it helps me think of my next step.”

For new or young writers she tells them to listen to music that goes along with the theme of your story to help you get in the mood.

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What you do to solve writer’s block or to improve writing? Tells us in the comments below. Also, tell us if any of these tips help you with your writing.

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