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How to Beat Writer's Block for Poets and Creatives

A creative writer at heart, Janis was first published at age 11. Most of her poems express core issues of love, loss, trauma, and healing.

Writer's Block Stops the Flow of Creativity in Artists

Waiting for words to flow from fingers to pen to paper or computer stalls and interrupts a writer's productivity.

Waiting for words to flow from fingers to pen to paper or computer stalls and interrupts a writer's productivity.

Writers Depend on Creative Flow

Creative writing is an unpredictable process that comes and goes like the wind.

The best writers and poets are on a constant quest to create literary works. However, when the flow suddenly stops, the most prolific writer can feel stuck and at an impasse. Creative writers long for their writing to start back up with a flow that spills over like a rising creek. But sometimes the writer's well is as dry as a desert.

Unfortunately, when the flow ceases to come on cue, writers and poets become worried about not being able to produce. It is similar to drawing a blank in the brain which interferes with the normal flow of thinking.

Lack of creative flow can hinder one's ability to write at will. This can cause anxiety to increase, coupled with a lack of confidence in one's creative writing skills. The following poem speaks to that angst.

Suggestions for addressing interruption of creative flow are given in the form of a poll.

Simple exercises can help poets and creative writers re-ignite their inspiration and creativity, returning them to writer's bliss. Use the poll and suggested resources below to rediscover your own creative flow and renew your passion to be your best.

Writer's Block Produces Blank Pages and Anxiety

Empty pages for writers create anxiety and lack of confidence.

Empty pages for writers create anxiety and lack of confidence.

"Empty Pages"


No words come forth to put on page,

The writing well is dry,

I search myself for phrase and song,

Asking how and why.


The writer's pen runs empty now,

My soul's ink all dried up,

The ink sat in the pen so long,

Like old tea in my cup.


I long so badly for the words,

I wait for them to come,

Staring at my fingertips,

Beating my mind's drum.


There is so much I want to share,

My thoughts are on lockdown,

To express myself in prose,

Would take away my frown.


I open up my heart to hear,

The words inside my soul,

One by one they trickle down,

A sight that I behold.


Looking for creative flow,

The page doth sit and wait,

Reclaiming writer energy,

Returns with twist of fate.


Patience, patience, here it comes,

I feel it flowing forth,

I think I'm back to writing now,

My spell has run its course.


A Blocked Writer's Keyboard Sometimes Lacks Productivity

A writer's stark keyboard becomes void of inspiration due to writer's block.

A writer's stark keyboard becomes void of inspiration due to writer's block.

Tips For Getting Your Creative Writing to Flow Again

Helpful Resource for Writer's Block

  • Purdue OWL
    The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information

Five Ways To Refill Your Empty Page

© 2012 Janis Leslie Evans

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