Dear Blocked Writer,
Causes of Writer's Block:
1. Creative problems within the work.There is no sure-fire way to break out of writer's block, but here are ten tactics that have helped me over the years:
2. Lack of inspiration
4. The project is too big for the writer.
5. Physical illness
7. Stress (of any kind)
8. Pressure to write or create a best-seller.
9. Feeling of failure
1. Read the last chapter or two that you wrote. Sometimes going over your work will get you back into the groove of your book and will motivate you to continue from where you left off.
2. Write a song or poem for a specific scene in your book to help you tap into the emotion you need to write it. In the end, you may be able to use whole verses from the song or poem you created in your book. That’s a double bonus!
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3. If you are good with a pencil, draw a picture to help your creative juices flow. This technique is great to help release an image trapped within your mind. Once you get it down on paper in one form, you can do it again in another.
4. Listen to music. Find songs that hold the same emotion and have the same theme as the event in your book. Then plug in your headphones and let the music call to your muse.
5. Watch a movie with scenes similar to what you have to write.
6. Read a book (or five) in the same genre as yours.
7. Discuss your book with a trusted person to bounce ideas off them. You may be surprised at how helpful a second party can be.
8. Motivate yourself. Say, “I don’t have writer's block. Nothing can stop me from writing! I can do it!!”
9. Step away from your book for awhile:
- Take a nap
- Go for a walk or run
- Work in the garden
- Take a long bath
- Wash the dishes
Then go back to your book when you’re done and try again.
10. If all else fails, skip the part you are struggling with and start writing a different chapter/event instead. Just don’t forget to go back to it later.
Don't give yourself too much to work on. Writing a novel is a big job, but if you keep looking at it as writing four hundred pages (or so), you will shut down. Whenever you sit down to write, don't focus on writing your novel. Worry about the next paragraph that you have to write, not the next chapter. Don't even aim to fill the whole white page. Go sentence by sentence. Or as Anne Lamott would say, "Take it bird by bird."
QUESTION: How do you defeat writer’s block?
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