How to cure writers block

After a break from university and copious amounts of food and Prosecco, I have finally come to the conclusion that I have hit a wall when it comes to writing, commonly known as writers block. So what better thing to do than to write about…not being able to write.

Granted, this isn’t the first time this has happened, and I’m sure that every other writer has experienced the same feeling. Staring blankly and scouring RSS feeds with a cup of tea in one hand and a feeling of intense shame in the other as you desperately try to string a sentence together which ends up sounding similar to that of a 5 year olds bed time story.

I understand it’s common to ‘run out of things to say’ if you like, but studying Journalism at university and still not having anything to write about is most definitely getting me down.

It even got to the point where I googled ‘how to get rid of writers block’ in order to construct this very post. It’s got to the point where I’m unable to even offer advice on something that has been badgering me the last few weeks.

I came across Wikihows ‘how to get rid of writers block’ and it was probably the most entertaining to read, especially when one of the steps was to ‘take a break’ which was probably the biggest mistake someone could ever make if they had writers block.

So I suppose I’ve run out of things to say on the topic (already) and it’s taken me three cups of tea and a whole lot of editing to even construct this post, but the best advice I can give is to not take a break because this happens. You lose your head and all the skills you’d built up over all the time you spent blogging and you end up being back at square one.

I hope I grace this blog with better posts than this, and I have most definitely learnt my lesson.

Claire Stapley

Creator of

2 thoughts on “How to cure writers block

  1. I feel your pain: coffee for me and fags….and film soundtrack music in the background gently mocking me with eruptions of euphoric creativity. My answer to your dilemma is to ignore the RSS feeds ignore social media – and go to something; a show, an opening, a gig, an open meeting and meet real people – a good journalist knows that stories come from people and experience, not through a screen. Thats how I see it..good luck I’m sure you’ll be fine.

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