How Authors Can Avoid Writer’s Block

Writer’s block is an often feared, but entirely preventable, obstacle to writing a book and getting published.

In a nutshell, prior preparation is the key to avoid writer’s block.

Writer’s block is an extreme form of stress, close to panic in its ability to interfere with an author’s productivity.

The primary key to writer’s block is to know what you want to write before you sit down and begin writing.

Authors who take the time to prepare a detailed table of contents, and who have a writing process based on the message they want to communicate, seldom are sidelined by writer’s block. To prevent writer’s block, prepare a detailed table of contents for your book, one that provides a roadmap for each chapter.

Likewise, authors who pace themselves, who avoid marathon, last-minute writing under deadline pressure, seldom experience writer’s block. Instead, cultivate the habit of short, daily writing sessions. Short, daily writing sessions keep your mind constantly engaged and energized.

Another preparation technique that takes just a few minutes is to review your your goals for the next day before you go to sleep. A few minutes spent reviewing the ideas you want to develop the next day are often enough to jumpstart your progress when you start writing. While you’re sleeping, your brain will be thinking about your project, organizing your ideas and making connections to facts and stories waiting to be included.

Finally, track your progress. Print out each day’s writing and insert it in a 3-ring binder. As you complete topics, enjoy the pleasure of deleting the topics, or putting “finished” next to them. Progress builds on progress; the more you see progress, the more enthusiastic you’ll be about your writing success as it takes place in short working sessions.

Writer’s block doesn’t have to happen. With a little preparation, it won’t happen to you.

Roger C. Parker is a best-selling author of marketing and design books, with 38 published books under his belt, over 1.6 million books sold in over 37 countries. His Bestsellers include Looking Good in Print: A Guide To Basic Design For Desktop Publishing, Design To Sell, and the Microsoft Office For Dummies Series. Get help writing and publishing your book at