The 5-Second Writer’s Block Cure


5 Second Cure

Sometimes you need a strategy for dissolving writers block, moving past emotional issues and clarifying next steps in your story. That’s what I wrote about in my last post. Read it here. At other times, what you need is to move past writers block instantly so you can write your story right now! That’s what this post is about.

While there are many benefits from the longer version of walking through the whole writer’s block dissolver system, going through those steps also takes time. And you don’t always have the luxury of time.

Sometimes you need a quick fix. So today I want to share with you my five second writer’s block cure. Use it anytime you need a boost of inspiration.

I personally have used it numerous times. Truth is, it can take less than five seconds but I didn’t think you would believe me if I called it the one second cure.

It’s also true that setting up this cure the first time takes about 5 to 10 minutes. But it shouldn’t really take any longer and that’s only for this first time to set up this cure.

After you set up the strategy, you can use anytime you want, anywhere you want and it’ll work almost like magic for you in just a few seconds.

Psychology, Mind Magic and Pavlov’s Dogs

The cure is based on psychology, mind power, and a little bit of classical conditioning. If you remember your psychology class, that’s a reference to Pavlov and his salivating dogs.

Basically, you are setting up a cue the triggers inspiration. The cure operates under the same principles that you likely experience on a regular basis, only unintentionally.

Have you ever heard a song and were instantly transported in mind and emotion back to some earlier memory? You probably re-feel all the emotions (or the major one) you felt in that memory. Most people have had this experience.

The cue could be a sound, smell, taste, touch, even a place that reminds you and instantly triggers within you certain thoughts, memories and emotions.

Today we are going to hack this natural psychological process. Read the seven steps of the set up so that you fully understand them. Then, when you’re ready, set a time and a place to complete the simple yet powerful process. 

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Knowledge indeed is power. Now you have the power of the 5 Second Writer’s Block Cure.

The 5 Second Writer’s Block Cure

  1. Find a quiet, private place to set up the cure.
  2. Think of 3 to 5 times in your life that you felt really inspired, motivated, and creative. Times when the words just flowed out of you.
  3. Close your eyes and remember one of those times that you felt really inspired.
  4. Really put yourself back in that moment with all of the sights, sounds, smells and the whole experience. Relive that experience as if it were happening again. Pay attention to how you feel so inspired and creative. Make everything bright and bold and the sounds deep and rich as if pumped out of surroundsound with perfect clarity. Double and triple the visual and emotional experience. Allow the feeling of inspiration and creativity to flood your entire body.
  5. At the very peak of this experience (particularly the emotional experience of inspiration and creativity), squeeze your left hand into a fist and imagine your favorite color washing over your entire body. You can also think of a word like “inspire” at the same time that you’re squeezing your left hand into a fist and imagining your favorite color washing over your body. Using several cues makes this cure all the more powerful.
  6. Hold your fist and the color (in your mind) for a few seconds and then release them.
  7. Now repeat steps one through six with the other 2 to 4 (I recommend 4) memories of when you felt really inspired and creative.

Powerful Creative Genius Trigger

OK, if you have done the above seven steps and repeated the first six steps as indicated you now have set up a powerful trigger for inspiration.

What you have effectively done is stack memories into a cue that acts as a cure to writers block. You can test out the success of those seven steps by taking a break and then firing off the cues – fist, color and word. If you feel immediately and powerfully inspired and creative, you know it worked. Otherwise, repeat the seven steps until you get the desired effect.

Now anytime you want to feel inspired and creative, simply fire off the cues that you’ve created. Squeeze your left hand into a fist while imagining your favorite color washing over you and saying the word “inspire” inside your mind. There’s no need to say it out loud.

This works dramatically for me and other people that I have taught it to over the years. I’d love to know your experience in the comments below or on Twitter at @Chris_Kokoski. 


Christopher Kokoski is a speaker, trainer and author of Wicker Hollow and the Past Lives novel series.

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