The five-second rule for writer’s block

2 min readMar 22


Does it happen that you get an epiphany and want to share it with the world, but when you get to writing it, you feel uninspired?

You still chug along with the topic, and you feel like you are stuck! You question your worth as a writer, and as a communicator, you ask yourself why can’t you write like others and churn one great article after another.

Try using the five-second rule

The moment you get a spark of the idea, stop whatever you are doing and get to writing it down. The trick is to write it down before the idea leaves your mind. If you wait for more than five seconds, procrastination will set in, and that moment of inspiration has become a drab, boring to-do item in your task list.

Once the moment of divine inspiration is gone, you are climbing uphill. Your words don’t feel like they are flowing anymore; you keep checking your AI writer for help with words.

Some more rules

  1. Ensure you can write at least five hundred to a thousand words on the topic. This means you have some meat to feed the topic.
  2. Write the content in such a way that it reflects a theme you have already worked on. This will add to your knowledge graph and help you create longer content like e-books, courses, chapters for your novels, etc.
  3. Make sure to add wikilinks and backlinks so you can find connections between your notes.

Not ready to publish

Okay, this content written under inspiration should be good to publish because what you have just written in the moment of inspiration is from the core of your being, aka subjective knowing. But if you want to polish it further and add depth to your topic, check your notes for connections. What else have you written which could add more clarity to this topic? Connect them, Edit, and Publish.

This is not something new; it is the Zettelkasten system, except what I have added to the existing workflow is the Five-second rule, which is the key to beating writer’s block.




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