12 Most Smart Strategies to Stop Your Writing Woes

12 Most Smart Strategies to Stop Your Writing Woes

I just took a vacation that dragged on due to some family business. We cannot always predict just how long something takes, but that’s not an excuse to discontinue doing what we love.

I love to write. That is why it’s important to me to have an outlet to do so when I find the time.

Here are 12 activities that will help you write faster when you find that your time is limited.

1. Take notes

Not everything you write needs to be essay length. Jot down quick notes during the day. I use Dropbox as a personal secretary that takes down all my memos.

2. Keep a journal

Keep a journal on your person at all times. Every time a plane was delayed you would see me writing in my diary. I never packed it, preferring to write about my surroundings and feelings in the moment as they were happening.

3. Record your thoughts

Okay, speaking your thoughts out loud does not really count as writing. The trick is to go back over these messages at a later date and write them down. I find that I can speak as quickly as I think.

4. Write for one minute

I used to run writing drills when I was in college. I challenged myself to see what I could write in one minute. This activity can be done during a work break.

5. Writing prompts

Write down one sentence writing prompts on slips of paper. Put them in a jar by your desk. Pull one out at random when you need a creative boost.

6. Templates

I am fond of templates — I have several specifically for blog posts. This takes the hassle out of proper formatting (such as creating headings) and then I can just focus on writing.

7. Get inspired

One of my favorite writing prompts is looking at art. I then make up stories about what I see. You can do the same with a quick Google image search.

8. Metaphors and similes

Divide a piece of paper in half to create two columns. In one column list all the topics that you write on for your blog. In the other write down words related to your hobbies. Then draw lines connecting a topic to an interest and use comparison to tell a story. For example, “How marketing is like working on the Death Star.” This idea combines my interests in marketing and Star Wars.

9. Write about something you don’t know

Sometimes we do not know what we do not know. Write a paragraph or two asking your readers to help you.

10. Focus words

Write a word at the top of the page and one at the bottom. Now you are no longer looking at a blank page. Give yourself permission to continue writing.

11. Doodle

Sometimes getting your hands moving is enough to get you started. I find that I need that space to get out the “blargh” feelings that I have. It’s like doing a warmup before you run.

12. Write where you are

Anytime or anyplace can be inspiring when you change the lens through which you look. Pretend you are an alien observer.

There is a very infamous John Lennon line, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” That is why we cannot stop what we love just because “life” gets in our way. Find a way to channel those blips into energy towards your passions.

Will you be inspired today by the blue sky, hustling streets, or the cars driving by? Let me know what inspires you in the comments below.

Featured image courtesy of puuikibeach licensed via Creative Commons.

Susan Silver


Susan is a copywriter who crafts content strategies that rank. She is also the community manager for Gygax Magazine. She shares information on business, social media, and writing.

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These are all excellent tips! Thanks for sharing, Susan. I especially like the idea of looking at things through a different lens. I tend to write from my own experience and often have difficulty conveying a story through someone else's eyes. This is definitely something to work on.


I've scrawled in notebooks for decades. A few years back I started typing up some of 'em, adding bits to a double-top secret blogspot every so often (this was before evernote or dropbox). Now if I remember a phrase or a poem title, I can do a google search and find my stuff. It's a good way to see if what I've written is original, as well, so if someone else is writing about artichokes and cavalcades I'll know to get more original.