Hit Writer’s Block? How to continue production when you’ve hit a wall

Writer’s block has happened to everyone. Those of you doing NaNoWriMo know each day is important to get words on the page and actually all writers should be penning pages everyday to keep on top of things.

When the going gets tough these are my suggestions to continue production after you’ve hit the writer’s block wall:

  • Work on a synopsis
  • Work on formatting like page numbers, chapter headings, indents etc.
  • Run a spell check, fact checks, and do consistency checks like: Mom vs. mom; numbers 123 vs One Two Three; check place names, street names, and character names.
  • Work on your social network, platform, and blog posts.
  • Edit backwards: Chapter 26 then Chapter 25 etc. I do this even when I don’t have writer’s/editor’s block. When you’ve read something so many times, like your WIP, it keeps things fresh.
  • Work on your title.

Keeping busy while you have writer’s block keeps your very important writing schedule intact (sitting down for an hour or two each day or morning before/after work), it saves time later, and it keeps you efficiently working and accomplishing things instead of beating your head against your keyboard.

Published by Carly Watters

Carly Watters is a SVP, senior literary agent and director of literary branding with the P.S. Literary Agency. She is a hands-on agent that develops proposals and manuscripts with attention to detail and the relevant markets. PSLA’s mission is to manage authors’ literary brands for their entire career. Never without a book on hand she reads across categories which is reflected in the genres she represents and is actively seeking new authors in including women’s fiction, commercial and upmarket fiction, select literary fiction, platform-driven non fiction and select memoir. She occasionally represents children's book projects. Carly is drawn to emotional, well-paced narratives, with a great voice and characters that readers can get invested in.

17 thoughts on “Hit Writer’s Block? How to continue production when you’ve hit a wall

  1. I like to work on a different project. Doing some research or outlines for something else feels fresh, gets me excited, and gets juices flowing. It almost always leads to inspiration for whatever I’m stuck on.


  2. Hmm, writer’s block. I’d want to be careful about the get busy doing other things besides writing, but I do remember Stephen King saying in his book On Writing that he used to go for a walk. Do some thinking, mental drafting, and if you assign your subconscious to a writing problem, I think it might surprise you with an answer soon. Not saying you have writers block. :) I’m writing along with you about the topic. :)


    1. I completely see your point, William. This post is more for deadline driven writing and NaNoWriMo writers to maximize production in a shorter amount of time. I’m definitely not saying rush things! But, editing is part of the writing process, in my opinion.


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