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How to Overcome Writer's Block

Learn from a professional writing coach how to get past procrastination, distraction, and uncertainty and start writing!
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Created by Laura Brown
Last updated 10/2013
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Almost everyone has experienced writer's block at one time or another. Whether you write at work, at school, in your personal life, or on creative projects--you're likely to have dealt with procrastination, distraction, and uncertainty at some time.

The good news is that you can overcome it!

This practical course will help you understand the reasons you're feeling blocked and offers you 18 tested and proven exercises to help you overcome the block and become a confident and productive writer. The exercises are designed to work for you whether you're writing at work, at school, in your personal life, or on a creative project.

The course consists of 21 short lectures that you can do in any order. It provides practical guidance and support for doing each exercise. You'll also receive a PDF download of the exercises that you can keep and refer to any time you need.

Who is the target audience?
  • People who write at work
  • People who write at school
  • People who write in their personal lives
  • Creative writers
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What Will I Learn?
Understand what causes procrastination and writer's blok
Understand, appreciate, and develop your own ideal workstyle as a writer
Learn 18 practical exercises you can use any time to jumpstart your writing
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  • Access to a word processor or pencil and paper
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 21 Lectures Collapse All 21 Lectures 01:16:23
Your Habits
6 Lectures 27:29

This introductory lecture provides an overview of writer's block and introduces your instructor. It also outlines the content of the course and what you'll learn in each section.

Preview 04:35

What Causes Writer's Block?

In this lecture, we'll review some of the most common patterns of behavior in writer's block, and why people fall into them. Chances are you'll recognize yourself in some of these!

Preview 03:17

This lecture offers you your first two exercises in overcoming writer's block, exercises you can turn to again and again throughout your writing life.

First Steps

This lecture offers you an exercise that can help you get focused when you begin to write.

Reward Yourself!

Here's an exercise that can help you keep writing once you've started.

An Unusual Approach
Your Feelings
5 Lectures 19:23

Writer's block is often associated with some unpleasant feelings. Identifying those feelings and understanding where they come from can help you make progress. In this lecture, we'll discuss feelings and how to deal with them.

Dealing with Feelings

In this lecture, you'll learn how to deal with anxiety about your reader.

Finding the Right Reader

Here you'll learn a technique that will help you when you have to write for multiple readers or readers you don't know.


How to avoid beating yourself up.

Working with Drafts

More about how to avoid beating yourself up.

When Bad is Good
Your Environment
5 Lectures 11:44

With this exercise, we'll begin to explore the ideal environment for you as a writer.

Your Space

We'll continue exploring how your environment affects you as a writer, and how you can use it to your benefit.

Preview 02:25

Even more about how the right environment can help you write!

Take It on the Road!

In this lecture, we'll do an exercise that will help you learn more about yourself as a writer.

Working with Time

This exercise can help you focus and get some writing done fast!

Making Deadlines Work for You
Your Writing Task
5 Lectures 17:47

Here's an exercise that can help you get started writing even if you REALLY don't feel like it.

Warming Up

Do you really know why you're writing? This exercise can help you answer that question.

Revisiting Goals

Here's a tactical approach to writing that you probably haven't thought of....

Where to Start?

In this lecture, we'll do an exercise to help you get organized to write.

Getting Organized

In this concluding lecture, we'll review some key ideas and explore a bit more about what it takes to become a successful writer. Everything you need is already inside you--it's just a question of bringing it out!

It Should Be Easy, Right?
About the Instructor
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#1 Bestselling Author of "How to Write Anything"

Laura Brown, PhD, is the author of the Amazon #1 bestseller How to Write Anything: A Complete Guide (W. W. Norton, 2014). Laura has been a writer, writing trainer, coach, and teacher for nearly 30 years and has taught writing to all kinds of people--from corporate executives to high school and college students to creative writers. She taught writing at Columbia University and Iona College, and her corporate clients have included AOL Time Warner, Booz Allen Hamilton, Citigroup, DHL, McKinsey & Company, and the Wharton School of Business, among many others. Laura holds an MA in Drama from the University of London and a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

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