5 Websites For Writers To Cure Writer’s Block With Freewriting Exercises

Saikat Basu 05-10-2010

Word paralysis for a writer comes in two forms. At times it is the dreaded writer’s block, at other times it is the more villainous procrastination. So, how do you jump over the gap of wanting to be a writer and building up the courage to pen down words consistently each and every day?


One of the easiest ways is to just take a scrap of paper and jot down whatever comes to mind. This unpunctuated, unbridled, and hopefully unstoppable stream of words goes by the name of freewriting.  Although it may not work for everyone, freewriting exercises are one of the best ways to walk around the writer’s block.

Freewriting also helps to develop the habit of writing. Sir Francis Bacon was probably talking about freewriting when he said – Write down the thoughts of the moment.  Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.

Here are five freewriting websites to put his words”¦into words.

One Word

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Don’t think, just write. The website’s About page describes precisely what it is all about. Every aspiring writer has to kickstart his or her imagination. The site’s single word exercises are about that. It displays a single word and you have to conjure up a complete sentence or more around it. And you have to do it in 60 seconds.


The idea is to put you in the flow of writing and get your spontaneous thoughts out. You can log into the site and take part in the little community. Your sentences are also put on display there. You might think how far can you take a single word?

Well, take a look at the responses from other writers and you will see that everyone has their own take on what a word means to them.

Write for Ten

brainstorming techniques is a writing sketchbook. The exercise is simple: write on anything for ten minutes. It can be anything, structured or unstructured, rambling or planned. The idea again is to spark your spontaneous creativity without letting fear of failure bog you down. You have to register for free to use the simple blog style interface of the site.


As soon as you are ready, a text box opens up and the clock starts ticking. At the end of 10 minutes, the timer stops and you can submit the off the cuff post marked as public or private. All public posts get their unique URL for display.

If you keep at it for ten minutes each day, you will be well on the way to becoming a writer by habit.

Pen 10 Scribes

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This freewriting website is actually a social network of writers. The “˜Playground Rules’ say that you can write ten sentences or less and a maximum of three every day (or less). If you are interested in Flash fiction or micro-fiction, or poetry in ten words or less, this website is definitely for you.


With a vibrant forum, blog posts, videos, and an involved community of writers, this is a cool social network for working on your writing skills.

750 Words

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Here, you have to spend more than ten minutes and use more than one word. The well designed extends the freewriting exercise to 750 words or more. That’s about three pages of text. The writing is all online and you also get motivational points for your efforts. Extra points are awarded if you stay on track every day.

You can sign in with a Facebook, Google, Yahoo, or OpenID account. You can set up email reminders for writing on the site each day. The interface resembles a blank white page with your track record on display at the top. Posts are auto-saved every ten seconds, so your writing is left unhindered. Posts are kept private. You can look up stats to see who’s doing what. Each writer has a chance to earn “˜badges’ for consistency.


What I am looking forward to are the One Month Challenges. Perform writing feats and see your name on the Wall of Awesomeness, or lose out on the Wall of Shame.

Language Is a Virus

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This website is not actually a dedicated freewriting website. But it has a lineup of useful tools that can help you fill up a few pages with letters and words. The site has lots of writing prompts and exercises. Especially, if your motivation to write is flagging, check out the creative writing tools like the Cut up Machine, Text Collage, and Random Line Generator. You can also use the single click Writing Prompts tool to start off your writing.

Maybe Sir Francis’s words will come true. Give these freewriting tools a try at least once. The least they can do is relieve you of the stress of writing. Once that’s dealt with, you can really get down to turning your writing into a habit. What do you think of freewriting websites and tools like these?

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  1. Binoy xavier
    October 13, 2010 at 11:48 am

    I am a victim of writers block. Lemme try these :)

  2. TLW
    October 5, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Saikat, it so hard to constantly try to keep our Blogs fresh with new content. These are the kind of sites that really help. I've used several of them in the past. They have a way of untying my stupid tongue :)

    • Saikat Basu
      October 6, 2010 at 4:25 am

      I tend to use mindmapping a lot to loosely put down all on my mind. I am trying out freewriting now. Blogging is driven a lot of motivation. And sometimes we lose it after a while. That's why, I guess it's constantly advised to read a lot from different sources.

  3. Jessica Cam W.
    October 5, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Just what I need. Thanks, Saikat!

    • Saikat Basu
      October 6, 2010 at 4:22 am

      From one writer with regular bouts of writer's paralysis to another: you are welcome:)