How to get rid of writer’s block


The two most dreaded words in literature: writer’s block.

According to the UK’s Daily Telegraph, writer’s block affected legendary authors such as Leo Tolstoy, Virginia Woolf and Ernest Hemingway. Even JK Rowling was rumored to suffer from the condition while writing Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Yet, writer’s block does not only afflict the rich and famous. I myself suffer from this dreaded condition on a regular basis as part of the Scribbler staff. While writing my last article for the magazine, Howzat!, the evil writer’s malaise plagued me.

Every time that I began to write on a new topic, I spent hours staring blankly at a blank screen in Word, waiting for inspiration. I interviewed and re-interviewed sources to write a two-sentence paragraph. I asked my family for ideas, and they usually told me to go study AP US History instead.

I even tried leaving my computer: I went for walks, did possibly thousands of pushups and I even stood on my head for ten minutes. (Unfortunately, standing on one’s head turns out to cause migraines, not melodic prose.)

After scraping by my first deadline with a measly 300 words, I decided turned to the World Wide Web for answers. After extensive, intensive Googling, I stumbled upon the miracle I was waiting for.

Not one word, but is a free, community-funded website that serves to “overcome writers’ block” and provide “inspiration for writers” with simple, single-word prompts. The beleaguered writer has 60 seconds to write all they can about one single word, after which their brief appears on the website forum.

At first, I felt skeptical of my own ability to write anything in a minute, but I tried the site anyway. Logging on to, I clicked the “Go” button and the word of the day appeared.


The timer began, and instead of floundering for a place to begin, I blindly began to type.

“At dusk, the sun goes down and the moon rises on a new world. Dusk is the end of the daytime, when mortals roam the earth. It is the beginning of the twilight zone, when you can’t see when a beast is about to pounce.”

60 seconds were up, and I paused to read my work. It was cheesy, shallow and cliché, yet I just wrote a paragraph in 60 seconds without even batting an eyelash.

I was cured.

From that day on, I always turn to before beginning to write. As a shout out to my fellow stuck writers, check out this website when your prose is under the weather.

Go to to view my entry, listed under “Andy S.” You can read my other entries too, and add some of your own while you’re at it!