TOP 5 WAYS TO COMBAT WRITER’S BLOCK - #2 IS MY FAVORITE
Writer’s block is a dreadful beast that every writer faces at some point or another. It’s an unfortunate thing, but we have to face the fact. Sometimes in our writing the words get stuck or the story we’re writing gets harder to keep going.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll stare at the computer in agony trying to come up with ONE SINGLE WORD to add next in your manuscript…
Yes! ONE SINGLE WORD!
Or maybe you’re struggling just to come up with an idea for a manuscript. You sit there at your computer, time flies, distractions are everywhere YET nowhere at all, and after a couple of hours…NOTHING!!
The most important thing to remember at this point is to NOT GIVE UP. Every creative person (writer, artist, painter, designer, etc) have times where nothing is flowing, their mind is jumbled, and they lack inspiration.
What if I told you there is a way to COMBAT WRITER’S BLOCK?
There are 5 ways and #2 is my favorite.
The first thing you want to do is get own to the root of the problem. Ralph Keyes identifies three primary causes:
- Can I pull it off? Are you able to delivery a book your audience will love;
- Page Fright – the fear of sitting before a blank page;
- The naked feeling – the thought of what others will of you when you are finished.
Then there’s ME! I suffer from what James Scott Bell refers to as the PERFECTIONIST SYNDROME. I try to make every sentence perfect before moving on. It’s just the Virgo in me.
James also describes another form of writer’s block, FREEZE, where after you have written your manuscript, you look at the mess of words in your first rough draft and have no idea what to do next.
Here are a few things that can help. Again, #2 is my favorite.
- Warm up before you write. Write for ten minutes none stop (this does not have to anything you’re going to publish) just get in your creative mindset or write a page-long sentence without using any punctuation, but still using writing techniques of flashbacks, dialogue, description, backstory, etc. What this will do is free you from your normal restraints of writing.
- Write in “tight” compartments. Instead of trying to write from a specific spot of your manuscript such as the beginning, middle, or end, try writing from one particular scene and go with that.
- Be strategic. Identify the most important tasks you’ll need for revision and start there. If your most important task is character development, then start developing your characters. If your most important task is the middle moment or turning point, then start with the tension or the epiphany.
- Get inspired. Read your favorite book or watch your favorite movie that inspires you to. Something that where there’s triumph and motivation and the will for the underdog to come out on top. Nothing like a good pep talk from one of your favorite characters.
- Repeating “It can be fixed”. Remember any problem you run into while writing your manuscript can be fixed. There’s nothing you can’t revisit and revise because it’s all fixable.
Remind yourself that all the work is making your book better.
That’s it! Periodt!
Let me know your cause of writer’s block. If you have tried any of these techniques let me know how it has helped you. Share this with your friends. Let’s help our fellow writers.
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