You鈥檝e already devoured the books on November鈥檚 reading list, leaving you more determined than ever to write your own. But you鈥檙e stuck, and you鈥檙e not sure if it鈥檚 the familiarity of your desk or the constant distraction of social media that鈥檚 seemingly perpetually stunting your creativity. We鈥檙e here to tell you that even the best of the best experience writer鈥檚 block and that unmanageable ideas can still become a publishable piece of work. Six authors shared with us their solutions to this slump.

1. Walk it out. Gisela Hausmann cites Friedrich Nietzsche, who once said, 鈥淎ll truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.鈥 Hausmann, the woman behind The Little Blue Book for Authors, says a five-minute stroll is all she needs. Once ideas start flowing, she pulls out her smartphone to record herself as they appear.

2. Turn to technology. Crystal Henry, author of Naked Salsa, shares that the mindlessness of social media distracts her to the point of subconscious creativity: 鈥淢y best writing ideas and creative thoughts come at night when I鈥檓 cruising Facebook or just about to doze off.鈥 Procrastination can perhaps be productive after all.

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3. Turn off technology. Joy Jones, whose most recent book is Private Lessons, tries the opposite tactic to Henry鈥檚. She suggests avoiding going online, watching TV, and even reading (a scary thing for writers, we know!). 鈥淚t鈥檚 amazing how many useful thoughts you get when your brain is not occupied with other peoples鈥 thoughts,鈥 she remarks.

4. Think happy thoughts. This one may be easier said than done, because as author Carrie Aulenbacher notes, we are all our own worst critics. When she鈥檚 struggling, the writer of The Place Between Places and The Early Bird Cafe recites mantras to herself, such as, 鈥淚 will finish writing this book,鈥 or, 鈥淚 am good enough to write this book.鈥 As Aulenbacher explains, 鈥淲hen nobody else will tell me, I tell myself.鈥

5. Pace yourself. Nancy Gaines, who contributed to Success from the Heart, writes in what she calls 鈥渟prints.鈥 This strategy involves writing continuously for 50 minutes and then taking a 10 minute break 鈥 regardless of how 鈥渋n the flow鈥 you are. By allotting time for breaks, you鈥檒l ensure you don鈥檛 get burnt out.

6. Write anyway. Amber Fallon, writer of, most recently, TV Dinners from Hell, advises this tough-love approach. She will type up lists of her favorite foods, places she鈥檚 lived, etc. just to keep her fingers moving until she can begin producing content for the project she鈥檚 working on again. 鈥淲aiting around for 鈥榯he muse鈥 is a sure way to never write a thing,鈥 she states.

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