Getting Readers Block

Many lovers of the written word will lament about the dreaded writers block. There’s an ailment that is just as irritating though, if not more so. Readers block. That time when you cannot bring yourself to read anything, read past the first chapter of a book, read the blurb. Readers block is very detrimental to our health. Even magazines cannot be read at times.

Are there ways to get over readers block? I’ve heard of a few methods, that have thus far been unsuccessful. I’m still more likely to concentrate on a game of Cheekybingo or eating MnM’s colour by colour. You know, mindless things. I’ll give you the list of things I’ve tried lately.

Light and trashy books – Readers block apparently occurs when you’re trying to take in something that is too tough to wrap your head around during stressful times etc. So reading something light and trashy is supposed to be the cure. Or it’ll make you wonder why these types of books are written and throw them across the room.

Library stalking – This is kind of life speed dating but with books. You go to the library (or book store), and you read the opening paragraph of the books that grab your attention. If any of them intrigue you, you borrow/ buy them. If not, you move on until you do find one. This works for a little while, but not always.

Wait it out – This sounds tedious but sometimes waiting it out is the best remedy for any form of block. Then when you feel inspired to read again, you do like nothing happened. Or at least that’s what I’m counting on.

Block the world out – Shut off all forms of communication, lock yourself in your room and read. Perhaps it’s the first few chapters that are too trying to read, and distractions are aiding your lack of concentration? Force yourself to persevere.


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  • JessicaSchafer

    I’ve had reader’s block all summer, which is terrible!! I’m choosing to wait it out. I’ve found I usually get reader’s block when something crazy stressfull is going on (like packing up and moving cities), so I figure once the crazy stress has resolved itself reading will come back to me. In the meantime, I’m making lists of things I want to read next!

  • Preston Yancey

    I’ve had a stack of my very favorite dead people waiting to be read all summer before I head off to school. It didn’t happen. After term ended and thesis was turned it, I was too drained to keep up. I simplified: I read my Bible, I read the blogs of the people I loved–regardless of if I felt like reading the words, and these two things kept me grounded in my heart. But to keep heart and mind in harmony? I took up listening to the audio book versions of every. single. book. in the Southern Vampire Mysteries, the series that inspired True Blood. It’s self-indulgent, awful, but some pretty well written crap in spite of it all. And somehow, this has made space in my mind to see the mental furniture for what it is.

  • Timothy (TRiG)

    Sometimes I’m too tired to read something new, but I can usually reread. Discworld, quite often, or books from my childhood. Rosemary Sutcliff can be good, or Arthur Ransome. Both are associated with good childhood memories. I grew up with those authors.

    The other option, for me, is a very long walk in the woods or up mountains. That cures all ailments. (Well, many.)


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