I've recently started using two methods for avoiding my writer's block that have been working well for me, so I thought I'd share them. First off, these methods are primarily aimed towards allowing a writer to further construct his or her own story. While I'm not sure if all writer's block can be attributed to rejection/perfection paralysis or not knowing your story well enough, I think those things have caused me and other writers trouble. 1. Ditch the computer for pen and paper. This may be more idiosyncratic to myself, but I often freeze up when trying to plan aspects of my story on a computer. I've read an author state that typing doesn't mesh well with how her brain works, and I think this may be the case with me as well. When I'm trying to come up with ideas, I want my process to be as free style as possible. Sometimes that means drawing impromptu arrows connecting ideas, or underlining things to keep them in the back of my mind, or writing on the side of the paper if it's less important, etc. Handwriting is more conducive to this than typing. In addition--and perhaps more importantly--I don't face the distraction of the internet being one click away. 2. Limit yourself--both your topic and the amount of time you will spend on it. This method is geared toward people who have rejection or perfection paralysis. I recently read Coffee Break Screenwriting, which had numerous exercises that would help a writer write his or her story. The author recommended giving yourself only 10 minutes to complete each exercise, with the intent that your brain will be able to focus better when it has a time and topic limitation. Her first exercise, for example, consisted of thinking up ideas for: your protagonist, your protagonist's problem, your protagonist's activity, and what's at stake for your protagonist. The exercises can then progress depending on how far along you are with your story. You might be surprised how many good ideas you can come up with in 10 minutes. These two methods may not work for everyone and may not work every time, but they're something to consider if you're facing writer's block.