Overcoming writer’s block isn’t always easy, but it helps to keep a pen and paper at the ready for when inspiration strikes.Unknown
Many complain of experiencing writer’s block. It refers that time when writers attempt to write and nothing comes. Some complain that it last days, weeks, months. Others say it may even last years. The question came up in an authors’ forum. Here I share 13 tips recommended.
- Take a day off from writing
- Work on two different books at the same time. If you have trouble with one, move to the other. It helps with the creative process
- If you don’t know what you’re going to write there’s no point in sitting down. What you can do is think during the day what the next few pages are going to be like (when writing fiction). So when you sit you know exactly what’s coming
- One writer suggested that you leave the last sentence unfinished so you know what you are going to write when you next start writing.
- If you have lost direction, print your book so far and re-read it. By reading the previous chapters (preferably in one sitting) it provides a run-up to the bit you are actually stuck with. Then you are able to put down your reading and start writing with a renewed sense of direction.
- Read, watch a movie, play a game. Get your head back.
- Give yourself permission to write badly. Tell yourself the story. Take a break and write something completely different. Read a lot.
- It’s not a block but an opportunity. Time to edit and then later, see it with fresh eyes
- Write, write, write…even if it’s not good or what you want. You can always cut it later or edit it into what you do want.
- Disconnect and do something completely different.
- Talk about the story’s events.
- Take a walk.
- Just keep writing. Don’t get discouraged. If one thing doesn’t work, try another.
Any thoughts missing that you would like to add? Do share. We would love to hear! By the way, if you are still dreaming of writing that book and don’t know where to start, let’s connect.