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5 Ways to Knock Writer’s Block Unconscious


I’ve been rubbing my hand together in anticipation for today’s episode. And it’s not only because we’ll be giving writer’s block a knuckle sandwich, but cuz I’m inaugurating my most precious party prop of all times. I’d waited too long for it’s perfect debut.


I know, totally irrelevant piece of information, but had to confess.


Moving on.


If you’re done with staring down the daunting whiteness of a blank document, not knowing how the hell to fill it with black typography; if you’re done with research-a-thons that take you down a sad path of reading Kim Kardashian articles + re-organizing 4 times your Pinterest boards; if you’re done panicking about your creative slump, it’s time to give burnout a sucker punch, 5 to be exact, just in case.


Go watch.



And why not throw a complementary Blog Burnout Cheat Sheet in the mix too? Abso-freaking-lutely, here you go. Just click here to download + print + make it happen.


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Till next time.



Mayi Carles


Music Credits

Imperial March (Theme from “Star Wars”) / Jack D. Ellitot

Imperial March / London Pops Orchestra

29 Responses to 5 Ways to Knock Writer’s Block Unconscious

  • Stephenie Zamora says:

    LO-freakin-L at the Stars Wars references!!! I want to comment…

    Oooooh, yes. Free-writing nonsense is great for sparking something usable! I did NaNoWriMo last year and a big part of getting through it was just writing stream of concious… which actually led right into some golden post content.

    Love the last tip too… I used that for a pretty successful post called “Permission to be Ungrateful” around Thanksgiving because EVERYONE was talking about gratitude and I wanted to do something different!

    Another thing I like to do is just keep a log of ideas and inspiring thoughts, quotes or comments, with supporting ideas if I have them, in my task app so that when I’m drawing a blank, I have a list of ideas to pull from. Great video as always! xo

  • Kim Gosney says:

    In true Star Wars fashion…
    MAYI…I AM YOUR FOLLOWWWWEEEERRR! I totally said that in my BEST Darth Vadar voice! I don’t have a shower epiphany fairy – BUT, I use my favorite songs as inspiration for my vlog. I haven’t been vlogging long enough to run into writers block, but ideas ALWAYS come to me when I am rocking out to a song in my teeny tiny Kia Soul! So, I invite you to give it a TRY + it’s super FUN wondering what the car next to you is thinking of you as you are CAR dancing while driving down the road. Some of my favorites for CAR dancing are:
    Cult of Personality (I think of it as a mini theme song, Imma Be ’cause I can be a GANGSTER hehehe, Determinate (yes, it’s from a kids movie – my daughter TOTALLY loves it, and you guessed it, Jump in the Line (Shake Señora). But, I can see MANY, MANY 80’s hits inspiring me in my vlogging future!

    Now, go chase that hubby of yours around the house while wearing your Darth Vadar mask!

  • Gabriella says:

    OMG. I don’t know which was funnier this week: the Shower Epiphany Fairy or Darth Vadar! How do you come up with this stuff? I LOVE IT! Another great start to my Friday!

    P.S. The 21 Day End Paralysis Challenge sheet is on my desk daily and a huge mess – because I’ve been using it so often! I’m going to love this new one! Thanks!

  • Adriana says:

    Loved this video! Thanks so much for sharing your tips. For someone who spends a good 3 hours a day writing, I sure experience a lot of writer’s block. I’ve definitely found that the stream-of-consciousness technique works well for me. Also, whenever a new blog topic comes to me while I’m doing the dishes or checking twitter, I’ll hop over to a work doc I’ve entitled “Epic Blog Content” and add it to my list 🙂 I think the title helps to put me in the right mindset. Thanks!

  • Michelle Ainslie says:

    You had me in hysterics 🙂 Loved your Star Wars ending, made me laugh so much. Thank you for making this such a fun Friday.
    Loved your content too, really helpful.
    The best part? Your playsheet.
    LOVE LOVE LOVE your playsheets! You rock!

  • Lisa says:

    This is my favorite video EVER! I’ve struggled so much with writers block, and I totally agree with the “get out there and do awesome stuff”. I’m finally getting some time to myself with my fellow knitters about twice a month, and it has changed my outlook- so thank you Darth Mayi for your super powers!

  • mayicarles says:

    Stephenie: Hehehehehehe … commenting… love it.

    Oh I had no idea about NaNoWrMo, sounds so cool. I’m going to go check that out right away.

    “Permission to be Ungrateful”… GENIUS…. what a perfect example Stephenie. PERFECT. Wish I new about it so I could talk about your in the video 🙂

  • mayicarles says:

    Kim: I AM YOUR FOLLOWER BUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Can you see me in the FLOOR laughing + getting a six pack hehehe? I can’t stop. You are too much girl!

    Music is such a great boost of inspiration for me too. So happy your brought it up. That’s one of the things I love about your videos too, that you’re not afraid to whip out the dance moves + get moving 🙂

    By the way, Shake Señora + the Maracas… absolutely perfect combo! 🙂

    And I’m totally gonna chase David with the DV mask AND the party glasses as soon as he comes back from the office. BRILLIANT!

  • mayicarles says:

    Gabriella: Hahahahaha laughing with you my friend. Glad you’re still enjoying the 21 day series + scribbling away to epicness. Makes me think I should update the worksheet onces the official 21 days expire so people can start their own challenges everytime they need 🙂

  • mayicarles says:

    Adriana: I’m sure the title helps hehehehe. I might have to borrow that for my blog topic file. Something about the word Epic makes it PUNCH much harders hehehe. Thanks for the tip!

  • mayicarles says:

    Michele: So happy you loved the playsheet. That’s actually what came first + I was like “What can I make or say to make this useful?” hehehe. Sometimes it works backwards like that 🙂 Thanks for commenting darling.

  • mayicarles says:

    Lisa: Rockstar knitter meeting…. I LOVE IT Lisa!

    Darth Mayi hehehehehe!

  • Jacqueline says:

    You rocked it!!!! Even the kids look forward to FVT and today was a replay episode!!!!

  • Ursula@Cutelicious says:

    What a fun video! For some really odd reason I rarely (never?) have no idea what to write about. Am I really the only one? I usually have so many things, ideas, projects to write about that I find it hard to keep up and/or to decide which one is next. However, I do have times where I know WHAT I want to write about but the words just do not come. I guess that is also a type of writers block. I know the gist of what I want to say – but every sentence I write just ends up boring, stupid, not good. I have not yet figured out a good way on how to deal with it – except for just stopping and continuing another time. I will definitely try your nonsense-writing idea! 🙂

    And what a cute sheet! Do you actually color/ paint all your cute work sheets with real pencils/paint/brushes? I am just curious because I saw the pics in your last post … and always figured you would make them on/ in (?) the computer?



  • Kerry says:

    LOVE!!!! You crack me up! I am still laughing form the Darth Vader part. My husband and son will love this! Also, thanks for the great advice! The publishing schedule is so key. Deadlines really do it for me!

  • mayicarles says:

    Jacqueline: Replay? OMG That’s the greatest honor hehehe.

  • mayicarles says:

    Ursula: I think we are writer’s block sisters because that’s EXACTLY what happens to me. I can have a basic concept of what I want to write about, but it’s the actual sitting down to write it + organize it + make it interesting that I get stuck on too many times. EXACTLY. Not lack of ideas, perse, but lack of filler for those ideas. YESSS YESSS!

    I think all these tips will help us bit it. Keep me posted + I’ll do the same 🙂

    Ohh + today’s sheet is entirely computer made. When you see no illustrations (characters), it usually means it’s not hand painted 🙂

  • mayicarles says:

    Kerry: Family sits down to watch Friday Video Time? That’s just the awesomest complement someone could ever give. You are the best Kerry… THE BEST 🙂

  • Heather says:

    oh yes….lack of filler for ideas….this is exactly me as well! i have pages and pages of ideas but how to organize and channel the thoughts? love your post and all the discussion here Mayi!

  • Licia Dantas says:

    I can’t believe you talked about shower epiphanies + star wars all in one vlog post …lol … so funny .. probably the funniest of all of your posts.
    I 100% relate to shower moments, that’s when I get most of my best design ideas. I keep drawing them on the wall with soap bars or water in dry spots *lol*

  • Sage says:

    Bwahahaha!!! It’s Mayi Vader! I love it. 🙂

    Your videos are the highlight of my week. No one else has as much fun as you. I’m a sucker for your playsheets too. Gimme gimme gimme!

  • Tiffany Whipps says:

    Shower fairies!!!! I LOVE THEM! I have no idea why the shower is so amazing for this I think it’s the cruel joke that you have no place to write it all down. Loved the video, thank you!

  • Natalie says:

    stop! you are too funny. and OMG the darth vader at the end using the jedi mind powers=incredible.

    This video was perfect timing! I just wrote on the bootcamp wall about how I’m struggling with this. I’m going to try every one of these tips!

  • Tabassum says:

    Yay, more playsheets! I’ve become a playsheet junkie now printing out all of these playsheets you’ve been posting, BUT I’m also actually using them. I’m the type that tends to get overwhelmed easily, so having these playsheets is totally helping me to create systems and get working and to stay on track.

    Best tip ever from this post: getting outside and doing something. Just sticking to the interwebs for inspirationmeans we’re going to be regurgitating stuff that has already been done. Bor-ing and totally unoriginal.

    Love how you use the “force” at the end. Hilarious!

  • Tabassum says:


    What does the “roll over” mean on the playsheet?

  • mayicarles says:

    Great questions Tabassum. It means rolling over ideas from this month or week to the next. Like “for next time” sort of thing 🙂

  • Linda_Sparkman says:

    My Goodness Mayi!
    I waited until this morning (Monday) to watch because I wanted my 8 month old granddaughter, Charly, to watch with me. She adores your Friday video time.
    However, she did get a little freaked out when you donned the Vader mask. She settled down a little once you added the outrageous glasses. I guess then she realized, it really was her friend, Mayi.
    Aside from that trauma, I think you tips were great! It was the first time I’d heard about telling yourself about the deadline thingy. I’ll try it!

  • Adelaida says:

    I .. want to.. leave… a comment…

    Deadlines work best for most of the Poles. Don’t really know how it works in other countries but in Poland it’s usually like “I still have got time – I still have got time – oh snap, it’s due today!”. I know no one from Poland, working systematically all the time. They try, I try, but we fail in those attempts once in a while… Therefore we are perfectly skilled to work when we have only few hours to finish our projects. There’s nothing better than adrenaline boost!

    And something more. It’s not always our (creators’) fault. I have seen so many times that Polish customers who are assigning projects do so in the last, very very last, minute, so we have no time to dwell on problems. We just sit down, hit the adrenaline button in our brain and work. Throughout whole night. There is this saying “If I wanted to have it for tomorrow, I would have asked for it tomorrow”. Sad, but true :/

  • Vivayne says:

    Great suggestions! Thank you!

    I have already established a posting schedule, it has really helped. Every Tuesday, I know I am suppose to have a blog posted, so my mind does not let me escape it. I am going to have to try out the ‘write non-sensical things’ one next 😀

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