Beating the Blues: What to Do When There Seems to Be Nothing to Write About

It may seem like I have a lot to say about different topics, but there really are days when I simply feel the blues and get stumped for topics to write about.  There are days when I have a topic in mind, but cannot seem to find the words to write.  Yes, there is such a thing as a writer’s block.

When this happens, what should a writer do?  If what you need to write about is something as important as a custom essay or term papers for school, you simply do not have much of a choice but to summon the powers that be for some inspiration to get those words flowing from your head.  When I get hit by moments of “silence,” these are some of the tricks that I pull out from my writer’s hat:

  1. Read. The best way to get those gears in your head moving is to read.  You can choose your reading materials according to the topic you have in mind.  If you are still without a topic, think about what your audience would be interested in reading.  See what the search engines will turn up when you type in a particular topic.  Read on and soon enough something will strike your fancy.  Whether you are writing for school, for work, or for any other reason, make sure that the information that you gather in your research are relevant to your readers.
  2. Listen. The common reaction writers have when they are stumped and on a deadline is to get frazzled and frantic.  Calm yourself down by listening to music that relaxes you or that loosens you up.  Having all your nerves uptight will clog the flow of creative juices even more.  Make like Peter Pan and go to your happy place to get you in the right mental state to get your job done.
  3. Write. Do not let your mental block get the better of you.  Write.  Write.  Write.  Remember that it is all about state of mind.  After you have shaken off your anxiety by reading and listening, you just have to get on that keyboard and type away your thoughts.  Most importantly, have fun and enjoy writing up whatever it is you are supposed to write.  For all you know, it might just be the masterpiece you are waiting for.




  1. Finally, I am now able to access your blog cuz the last weeks of BC bloghopping was a pain. Not sure if it was my ISP or connection but your blog just wouldn’t load.

  2. I do number one when I seem to be lost for topics to write about. It helps stir the creativity too 🙂

  3. I always read when searching for topics every time I don’t have any in mind..

  4. I also experience this situation. I want to write but I don’t have idea what to write. hehehe Nice recommendations there.
    -daddy allan (visit from BCB)

  5. When I have a topic in mind, I write it down so I won’t forget.

  6. I read other blogs or look through the photos which I have recently taken for inspiration.

  7. Thanks for the post. Most of the time I do have topics in mind but I couldn’t write anything. I agree that we need to write down the topics read and research more about it.

  8. this is a good help for all the bloggers.. sometimes a browse other blogs or my folders in my computer to find a new topic and get inspired. 🙂

  9. One of my favorite bloggers, Ann Voskamp, said that if she’s having a hard time to write, it means she’s not reading enough. Makes perfect sense to me.

  10. I know how it feels because I’ve been there. 😀 Thanks for the info. I really need this.

  11. These are good tips despite how simple they seem. I didn’t even think of #1.
    And #3 is so true. Sometimes the steady staccato of keyboard keys will get you going. I just keep on typing whatever comes to mind. Then I sleep it off, go back to my drafts and edit, cut out, or expand what I wrote.

    Thanks for the tips! 🙂

  12. I think every blogger experienced that kind of situation. I also go for number one. It helps us a lot to get an inspiration and let those creative juices flowing. 🙂

  13. These are great tips. Thanks for sharing.

  14. i also experiences having a blank mind, like some of those who commented I also read

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