How “Meta-Prompts” Elevate Your Creativity

When you feel like you’re repeating the same ideas over and over

Barry Davret
5 min readMay 5, 2019
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Everyone talks about writer’s block as the enemy we need to defeat. I’ve never had a problem with writer’s block. I don’t believe in it. You can’t stop thinking. And if you can’t stop thinking, you can’t run out of material.

But writer’s loop is real. It’s when your brain gets stuck in a cycle of repeating ideas.

Your writing feels stale, tedious or redundant. It’s not that you have nothing to write about. It’s that you cycle through the same few concepts with little variation. You’re stuck in an endless loop of stories that say the same thing in different ways.

That’s not always a bad thing. Sometimes it takes a few tries before your thoughts crystallize into a coherent mess of words.

But when your own writing starts to feel repetitive and boring, you need to break out of the cycle and explore new ground.

What‘s a bored writer to do?

Some writers suggest you keep writing until you clear out all the junk. Push yourself until it hurts, and the new, insightful ideas emerge. That never worked for me, but it’s an option you can try.



Barry Davret

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