Writer’s block is miserable. What situations cause writer’s block?

1.  When you don’t care about a topic.

2.  When you don’t think anybody else cares about the topic either.

3.  When writing feels too much like solving a math formula.

4.  When you’ve had too much to drink.

5.  When you haven’t had enough to drink.

6.  When you’re too tired.

7.  When you’re too frustrated.

8.  When you’re too self-satisfied.

9.  When you’d rather be doing anything else but writing.

10. When someone’s expecting you to write.

11. When someone’s depending on you to write.

12. When you’re distracted.

13. When you’re too focused on another chore.

14. When your inspirations aren’t inspiring you.

15. When you’re too obstinate to force yourself to simply start writing something.

After a week away from writing daily on the blog, when I got to reason 15, I finally started writing this post.

What situations cause writer’s block for you? How do you break your creative blocks? – Mike Brown

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8 Responses to “15 Situations that Cause Writer’s Block”

  1. Bikespoke says:

    Second-Guess Yourself and you see a blog a few days later , and your crumbled up mental creation still in your brains trash-bin.

    • Mike Brown says:

      Second guessing kind of sums up #1 and #2, John, and it’s absolutely a killer to writing. That’s why I try to tell myself (and others) to believe in your own story since you’re in a better position than anyone else to share your perspective.

      Another reader suggested on Twitter that spring fever was another roadblock to writing. That one was probably top of mind since we’re actually supposed to enjoy some warm weather this week in mid-February!

  2. This is a good list. I appreciate it!

    One of the things that gives me writers block is trying to do to many things all at once. When I do that I can’t give enough focus to writing to actually get it done.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Rebecca Korphage (@KORSolutionso on Twitter) added another reason: “The topic is so vast you’re blocked on how to boil it down to 550 words.”

  4. Lynn Kosegi says:

    What causes a block for me? When I’m asked to write and I know the “editor” will change my voice, my perspective, my passion to optimize for SEO…


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