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So you had a great idea for a book that’s sure to be a bestseller. You have your outline, know your characters and have the first draft of several chapters finished.

You sit down ready to begin writing and you’re stumped. We’ve all been there. I’ve composed a list of the best cures I’ve found for writer’s block.

  • Read a book.

Reading is one of the best ways to get your imagination working for you, especially if you choose a book out of your normal genre. A good book will create a whole new world for you to explore.

  • Write out your thoughts.

A single sentence can change the world. Write it out! Then go back and add to it each time you’re creativity is stuck. The few minutes you spend doing this will give your brain a break from the current moment and stir your thoughts back to life.

  • Ask and Answer ‘What if’.

A lot of people ask it, but this time, actually answer, but do it in the mind of your characters. You might be surprised at your own responses when your thoughts are allowed to flow freely, and you can imagine yourself in someone else’s shoes.

  • Update your workspace.

Sometimes just a small change in the normal scenery can be an inspiration. Add something new to your work area or take the time to remove clutter. You’ll feel refreshed and your mind will reward you for the effort.

  • Bake something!

Even if you’re not a baker, a small, challenging change in your routine is enough to drag you out of the writing rut. You’ll have a fresh treat to enjoy once you finish your masterpiece.

  • Call Grandma

A quick call to someone you haven’t spoken to in a while could provide the little lift you’re looking for. It’s easy to get discouraged when words won’t come, but you’ll find the encouragement you need to push you along. It’s never wasted time to reach out to a loved one.

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