NaNoWriMo: 5 Tips for Overcoming Writer’s Block

Posted by October 29th, 2014

Preparing for NaNoWriMo: 5 Tips for Overcoming Writer's Block

What happens when you’re in the middle of completing your daily word count for NaNoWriMo, and you hit a wall? Writer’s block is never fun, but it’s especially panic-inducing when you’re trying to write 50,000 words in one month. Waiting around for “inspiration” to come can be both time-consuming and frustrating. Here are 5 tips on how to get through writer’s block:

Do a Ten Minute Free Write Session

When trying to find the perfect words, you can get stuck and lose momentum in your writing. Remember, the purpose of NaNoWriMo is to just write the first draft. Doing a free write session, where you write non-stop for a set period of time, can help keep the words moving. Even if you end up writing something entirely different from your story during the free write, at least you’re still writing! You might even come up with a phrase or idea that you can use in your story later on.


Drawing the scene you are having trouble with can help flesh out your thoughts in a constructive way. If you are stuck on what to do with your main character in the middle of your draft, drawing his or her favorite restaurant or hobby can help with character development. You can download exclusive doodling prompts from Lisa Curie’s book, ME, YOU, US.

Take a Walk

Taking a walk outside or even to another side of the building reduces stress and can help you think about your novel in a productive way. You can bring a small notepad with you and jot any ideas or phrases that come to you during your walk.

Write Something Else

Struggling with writing the setting of your romance scene? Write the dialogue instead. Writing a different part of your story other than the one you’re struggling with keeps you from feeling “stuck” and can help you develop your story better.


Take a short break from your writing and read instead. Reading stories from your favorite novelist can help inspire great writing in yourself. Reading published books in the genre you are writing in can also bring forth new ideas for your book. Check out our previous blog post about the effectiveness of reading: The Perfect Antidote to Writer’s Block: Reading!

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  1. carlisdm

    This is the first time I’ve registered to NaNoWriMo and already excited about it. I’m concerned that I need to write every day an amount of words and that eventually, I face the risk of getting blocked. These are very good tips, I loved the “Draw” one, I´ve always had problems with describing settings for my novel, so this is a very good advice that it’s going to be very helpful for this month. Thanks!


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