How To Get Over Writer’s Block

The sincerest way to tell yourself to relax, or not.

Josie Klakström
3 min readMar 2, 2022
Photo by Matthew Waring on Unsplash

Right my fellow human, today is the day you’ll start/ finish/ rewrite that article that’s been sitting in your drafts since January last year.

Today, you will fill your emotional hot water bottle up to the max of it teetering on explosion. How are you going to do that? Well, I’ll tell you.

Firstly, you’re going to delete those five paragraphs you began your draft with. They’re rubbish anyway, you know that; I know that. Control, A, Delete. Be brave, fellow writer.

Secondly, you’re going to go outside and and stare at something. Why? Because that’s what everyone else does, right? Get it over and done with now. Have a cigarette, pull a weed, kick some dirt, whatever you fancy.

Then you’re going to sit down and read an article relating to your draft. Even if it’s completely ambiguous because you, my dear, have no idea what you’re going to write yet.

Next, you’re going to close all the windows on your internet browser and you’re going to open Word. On a side note: when did they get rid of the paperclip?

Fifthly (?), write what you know. If you don’t know enough about the topic you’re going to write about, why are you bothering? Knowledge is key, so do some…



Josie Klakström

Josie is a freelance journo who writes about writing, true crime, culture and marketing.