We have some very exciting Guest Captains to announce next week; in fact, there will be a mega-post of awesome authors who are coming along to lead our weekly Writing Races over the next month. This week however I will be leading the race solo, so please don’t leave me lonely. Come and join me at the (virtual) table and spend an hour on Wednesday night in peaceful writer-type heaven.

Today at the Australian Writer’s Marketplace our lunch table discussion was about writer’s block. Who gets it? How do you deal with it? Will I ever write again?

Writer’s block and the fear of the blank page is a perennial favourite for discussion among writers and so we knew that we didn’t have to look far to find some hand advice that will make sure we get unstuck quickly and back on the writing path.

Chuck Wendig once again provides a sharp slap back into reality with ’25 Ways to Defeat the Dreaded Writer’s Block’. Most importantly he implores us all to deny the existence of writer’s block and that “writers write. That’s the one tried and true way through writer’s block. Because a writer who writes isn’t blocked, is he?”

Lifehacker presents us with a post about ‘Why Creativity Blocks Happen and How to Overcome Them’. Sometimes we writers sit there waiting for the muse to arrive and when she/he doesn’t we are at a loss. Where did my creativity go? Am I truly a creative person? Lifehacker argues that creativity isn’t necessarily an inherent skill, but rather a set of skills regarding how to approach your project and generate new ideas.

Justine Larbalestier talks to us about getting unstuck when our writing seems to be mired in a swamp and in need of rescue. Dead plot? It can be saved: take a step away and use Justine’s techniques to getting your story going in the right (or should that be write?) direction. Bogged down in the middle of the story? Maybe it’s a case of self-doubt. Head over to Justine’s blog and un-stick your writing.

Prevention is better than cure, so may these unblocking, unlocking, and un-sticking tips and tricks lead us into a successful Writing Race on Wednesday night.

Head over to our Facebook page and join the event so we know that you are coming. Then, meander over again at 7:50pm on Wednesday 22nd May and we’ll kick-off at the usual time of 8pm. If you are new to the Writing Races, or you need a refresher, take a look at our AWMonline Writing Race FAQs.

We hope to see you there!


Amy Chatwin is a currently undertaking her Masters in Writing, Editing, and Publishing at The University of Queensland. She has also attained a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Dietetics) and Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement Studies) from Queensland University of Technology. She is based in Brisbane and blogs about food, books, running, and everyday abundance at Thoroughly Nourished Life.

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