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There are a number of types of writer's block. One type is when you just can't think of a topic to write about and therefore can't get started. If you have a day when your mind goes blank and you have no idea what to write about, do not panic.



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Ways of dealing with this type of block include:
Just start writing about anything. Try writing to a relative telling them everything interesting you can think of.
Make a bullet point list of things you have experienced in the past week and then write about one or more.
Spend half an hour looking through your file or folder of resources, either hard copy cuttings or online articles you have bookmarked or saved to Pinterest. read more. Give yourself a time limit so you don't end up spending all day on Pinterest.
Read notes you made when the ideas were flowing.
Flick through your diary for inspiration.
Write in a different room or sit outside.
Write a reader's letter for a magazine. It won't make you rich but if it is published you may receive a cheque or prize in the post.
Try writing in a different way. Instead of using your computer, write by hand. Grab some coloured pencils or pens. Even using different font and colour can be inspirational.


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If you are able to go out, try one of the following:
Catch public transport and take notice of everything around you. Make notes on your phone or in a notebook.
Go to the library, museum or art gallery.
Visit an interesting friend.
Talk to someone from a different age group.
Watch a comedy or a period drama. You could treat yourself to a trip to the movies if you don't have to stay at home. I love the cinema as I get more involved in a film when I watch it on the big screen.



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Perhaps you just need to stop putting too much pressure on yourself and relax a little. You could:
Take a long bath or a hot shower.
Spend an hour in the garden.
Go for a walk.
Take a nap.
Read something different from the type of thing you usually read.
Talk to your pet.

If you know why you are suffering writer's block it will be easier to choose an activity that is likely to help. Ask yourself if you are tired and need to rest, stressed and need to unwind or bored and need stimulation. If all else fails, sit down and write a funny piece about the frustration of suffering writer's block to submit to a writing magazine or online site.


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