50 Writing Prompts to Help You Break Down Writer’s Block

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It can strike at random. One day you’re free-flowing with inspiration and the next you wake up and BAM! Brick wall. You stare at your computer screen for hours and nothing happens.

Where did all your creativity go? What happened to those poetic paragraphs that effortlessly typed their way from your brain to your computer screen yesterday? They’re gone, and you feel helpless.

Writer’s block is real, my friends. That blank screen/journal page/whiteboard can feel full of evasive, unrequited love.

You want to provide value. You want to inspire. You want to create. I know you do. I hit that wall too often myself.

After a decade of writing for my career, sometimes it just seems impossible to have a new thought. To write a blog that’s not just a hodgepodge of things I’ve read that day or isn’t a boring, straight-forward snooze fest can be really hard.  As much as I want to be the content machine I know that I am, sometimes my brain just isn’t ready.

When this happens, my go to’s are hitting my yoga mat for a quick stretch-sesh or cleaning something in my house. Getting my eyes and mind off the screen for a bit usually brings some clarity and I can sit down and just power through a post afterward.

But sometimes that doesn’t even do the trick. Sometimes just getting that first sentence on the page is the most difficult part of the process. So what do we do then?

The power of writing prompts

Have you ever tried writing prompts? These are statements or questions designed to help you think outside your usual train of thought. They spark your imagination and get your mind spinning.

Consider these you new best friends. They’re here to help you get on the right path. They’re here to challenge you. They’re here to help you brainstorm. They’re here to lend a helping a hand.

This list of prompts made lovingly just for you can be used for so many different things. You could use it as a free-writing prompt, journaling prompt, or even for blog ideas. Whatever you're trying to write, these can help!

Well, no need to keep you from writing any longer than I already have. 🙂

50 writing prompts for you!

  1. What is your daily work routine?
  2. What’s the most important thing you do every day for productivity?
  3. How do you keep organized?
  4. What are your favorite apps to use for biz, personal or both?
  5. How often do you take time off?
  6. How do you find new clients?
  7. How do you manage your clients?
  8. How did you decide what to charge for your service?
  9. What advice would you give to a beginner in your industry?
  10. What’s the best advice you were ever given?
  11. What desktop tools do you use for work?
  12. Who inspires you and why?
  13. How did your past work experience lead to what you do today?
  14. What current trends are you not jiving with?
  15. What excites you most about your industry and how does that apply to your biz?
  16. What have you recently learned about blogging or your business in particular?
  17. What is your creative process?
  18. Why did you start blogging?
  19. What are pros and cons of being a professional blogger?
  20. What book are you reading? And what are you learning from it?
  21. What are your favorite accounts on Instagram for biz or pleasure?
  22. Talk about a time that you failed and what you learned from it.
  23. Why are you so passionate about your business?
  24. Write a list of  your goals for the year and why.
  25. What blogs do you always keep up with and why? Share your list .
  26. What music gets you in work mode? Share a playlist.
  27. Where are your readers hanging out? Talk about those social media platforms.
  28. What are your top 5 favorite things on your work desk?
  29. What’s on your reading list for this year?
  30. What are your top 5 social media tips?
  31. Talk about your favorite TED Talk.
  32. Write a step-by-step guide to a process you do for your work.
  33. Rewrite an old blog post.
  34. If you could be anywhere in the world, where would you be and why?
  35. How’s your work/life balance? How do you keep that balance?
  36. If you work from home, how do you stay focused?
  37. How do you keep track of appointments? How do you schedule a calendar?
  38. Do you limit screen time with your phone?
  39. What’s your ideal day off?
  40. What’s your biggest professional accomplishment to-date?
  41. How do you hope people perceive you?
  42. Do you think it’s better to be amazing at one thing or good at many things?
  43. What’s a valuable lesson a school teacher taught you?
  44. If you taught a class, what would be and why?
  45. If your life was a sitcom, what would your theme song be and why?
  46. What do you prefer: beach vacation or mountain vacation?
  47. What’s your blog’s motto? Why?
  48. What’s your favorite part of your day?
  49. What questions are often asked? Make those into an FAQ.
  50. What’s your manifesto?

We all need a little help sometimes.

I hope this list will help you when writer’s block strikes.

Aside from having these helpful prompts at your fingertips, sometimes all you need to do is just start writing – even if it has nothing to with the actual work at hand. Grab a notebook and pen or pull up a fresh blank screen and just type away. Whatever is on your mind, get it out. No matter what I’m free writing about, I find it usually helps my mind transition into writing mode.

What do you when you hit that brick wall? Do you go for run? Bake cookies? Take a nap? Talk to a friend? Your fellow bloggers and I would love to hear your strategies for the writer’s block blues.

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Dani Stewart

As a daughter of an entrepreneur, the wife of an entrepreneur, and an entrepreneur herself, Dani has lived and learned all sides of creating and growing businesses. She is excited to bring all that life experience as well as a decade of crafting content to the ConvertKit community. She is a part-time baker, dinner-party planner, and lover of good bourbon living the simple life in Nashville with her husband, Sean.

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