12 Tips for Writers Feeling Stuck and Unproductive

Don’t beat yourself up. You can do better, and you will.

1. Don’t beat yourself up for everything you haven’t been doing. Build yourself up by thinking about all the things you’re about to get done.

2. “I’m going to write today.” Say it. Out loud. Then do it.

3. Make a list of all the things you need to accomplish.

4. Now narrow that list down only to the things you need to accomplish today.

5. Decide when you’re going to do your writing for the day. First? Last? Between tasks?

6. Take that list one thing at a time, and your writing one word at a time.

7. Write about what YOU want to write about today. Sometimes it helps to tap into your own creative desires.

8. Start writing about your frustrations. Your worries. Your fears.

9. If you have to, open a blank document and just start writing whatever comes to mind.

10. And if that doesn’t work, it might be time to give yourself full freedom to Take A Break!

11. Promise yourself a small reward for getting something written today, like a few hours of guilt-free Netflix!

12. Be honest with yourself. If you’re having trouble writing, there is always an underlying cause. Find it. And do what you can to overcome it.


Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a staff writer with The Cheat Sheet, a freelance editor and writer, and a 10-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food and nerdy things.


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2 thoughts on “12 Tips for Writers Feeling Stuck and Unproductive

  1. I’m having a bit of trouble writing for my blog at the moment. I don’t seem motivated enough to do it. I am writing everyday on the way to work so I’m hoping that will get me back into the swing of things. And this top post will help as well. Thank you.

  2. I love the idea of saying it out loud, definitely makes me want to commit to it! Helps me more than telling a friend or family member because when they check up I get frustrated or embarrassed 🙈 -L x

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