Want to know how I recently solved writer’s block? I turned to social media to ask my friends for advice. That sounds simple, but do you know how hard it is for me to ask for help? I needed help and didn’t know what else to do, and my friends saved me! Here are the tips they provided:

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  • Read … I always get inspired by my opinions to other’s opinions. – Robyn D.
  • Write about it. – Val A. (The very inspiration for this blog post. Thank you Val!)
  • Don’t try. – Rick K. (I assume Rick meant don’t try, just DO IT, and he was right.)
  • Either walk away from it for several hours or just start with a random sentence and A to C that shit. – Casey K.
  • Free writing. Just get ANY words down on paper without thinking too hard about it and eventually it’ll turn into something you can build on. – Lisa K.
  • Drink. .08, grrl! – Jeff R.
  • Write memories from when you were a kid. – Mary B.
  • Pick a person and write about how you plan on staying connected with them and growing relationships that fulfill your spirit instead of a networking checklist. – Heather S.
  • Read as mentioned above and not think about it. Go do something outside or watch a movie. Good luck! – Jamie H.
  • Dance. – Gina M.

I went with Robyn’s suggestion, since she was the first one to respond. It worked! I opened my latest book, read half a page, and an idea came to me.

There’s a larger lesson here, and that’s when I reach out and ask for help, I get it, along with many more blessings. It hasn’t always been easy for me to ask for help. I used to think I was bothering people, or I’d convince myself that no one would care, and then I would look stupid. By asking for help, I got out of my writer’s block, and I also got an arsenal of other tips to try for the next time it happens (I do plan on trying each one, especially Jeff’s).

In the comments below, please add any other suggestions for beating writer’s block!

 

*This post is part of a 30-day series called “Getting Unstuck” in which I’m trying to figure out my next professional step by getting out of my comfort zone and taking on various challenges. Follow along by subscribing to my weekly email list here.   

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