Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Writer's Block Breakers by Jennifer Hallmark

Do you ever have those writing times when you get so stuck for words you go into a trance while staring at the computer? I went through this recently. Today, Jennifer Hallmark offers some tips to snap us out that trance-like state. -- Sandy

Jennifer: I love to create. Penning my characters, the setting, and their joys and sorrows is pure enjoyment and therapeutic to my soul. Occasionally, however, I get stuck. I pull up the file of my latest novel, stare blankly at the page in front of me, then pull up Pinterest and start pinning cute basset hounds. Has this ever happened to you?

One way I’ve found helpful in breaking the grip of writer’s block is to create. Not characters or settings, but exploring the other aspects of my creativity. All writers have this. A writer is imaginative and imagination doesn’t begin and end with the written word.

What do you like to do as a hobby? To relieve stress? You can turn your hobby or stress reliever into a writer’s block breaker. And it can be as simple as stopping to bake a cake. Yes, you heard me write, pun intended.

When the words won’t flow, step away from the computer. Do something creative. Here are twenty suggestions to get you started.

  1. Cook.
  2. Bake.
  3. Sew.
  4. Knit.
  5. Crochet.
  6. Decorate a space.
  7. Rearrange furniture.
  8. Paint.
  9. Doodle.
  10. Shop.
  11. Pot a flower.
  12. Make a collage.
  13. Arrange a vase of flowers.
  14. Fix your hair and apply makeup.
  15. Start a new photo album.
  16. Work on a jigsaw puzzle.
  17. Photograph a pet, scenery, or a child.
  18. Scrapbook.
  19. Play an instrument.
  20. Sing.

But what if you’re on a deadline? It still works. Take thirty minutes and one of the above activities. You’ll enlarge the artistic side of your brain and when you sit back down, ideas should flow. At times, it might take a few hours or a day to kick start your imagination, but it will be worth it.

Who knows? While you’re scrapbooking or painting, you might create a scene right there with your main character who is struggling. Just like you. And you’ll both emerge winners at the end…

What do you do to get the words to flow? 


Jennifer Hallmark: writer by nature, artist at heart, and daughter of God by His grace. She loves to read detective fiction from the Golden Age, watch movies like LOTR, and play with her two precious granddaughters. At times, she writes. Jennifer and her husband, Danny, have spent their married life in Alabama and have a basset hound, Max.



  1. Dare I say I find the shower to be a good place for fighting writer's block? I think there's something about the steam clearing my head. :) Also, I find gardening to be helpful in thinking through plot points. Thanks, Jennifer!

    1. haha, same here, Sandy. What is it about showers?

      Many times allowing my golden retriever to drag me around the park helps, but as I gear up to consider possible blog topics for 2015, I need something stronger and maybe something involving coffee. Baking might work, coupled with a steaming latte. :D Will give it a try this afternoon. Thanks, Jennifer!

    2. You're welcome, Dora! Baking and a latte...that's inspired!

  2. Great advice! I am going to try this the next time I get writer's block!

  3. I find if I clean my house, my brain starts being more creative. Thanks for a good article.

  4. I understand the cleaning. Maybe its a right brain, left brain thing. ;)


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