The 12-Step Cure for Writer’s Block, Pt. 5: Use Writing Prompts

[This is an excerpt from a piece I wrote for The Creative Penn. Click that link to read all 12 steps!]

Stuck in a writing rut? Are you sick of your own voice?

Write ahead of yourself!

Get out in front of your conscious, deliberate, critical mind. Free yourself from patterns and intentions wherever they’re stifling your writing. You may uncover something interesting that you never even knew you knew.

But how? It’s difficult to offer particular advice here, since every writer is walled-in by unique habits and proclivities. But I would recommend that you NOT start relying on drink or drugs to free up your creative mind. Your writing will suffer in a completely different way. Instead, try some of the free-writing prompts you can find online:

1) Creative Writing Prompts

2) Writer’s Digest Writing Prompts

3) Random Writing Prompts

4) Daily Writing Prompts

What are your favorite ways of breaking out of writer’s block? Let us know in the comments section below.

-Chris R. at CD Baby

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Chris Robley is an award-winning poet, songwriter, performer, and music producer who now lives in Portland, Maine after more than a decade in Portland, Oregon. His music has been praised by NPR, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, and others. Skyscraper Magazine said he is “one of the best short-story musicians to come along in quite some time.” Robley’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Magma Poetry, and more. He is the 2013 winner of Boulevard's Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers and the 2014 recipient of a Maine Literary Award in the category of "Short Works Poetry."


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