Two small words that have been haunting writers for years. Even the mere mention sends shivers down author’s backs. Writer’s. Block. With it being NaNoWriMo this month, and all that, this strange malady seems to be even more prevalent.
Of course, if there is a will, there is a way, and it is possible to avoid Writer’s Block. And no, one of the options is not staring at the computer screen until it goes away.
- Plan Ahead. The best defense is offence. Plan your story. Write an outline, and always know where you are going!
- Jump ahead. If you are stuck on one chapter, try writing a chapter in the middle, or even the end. Most likely, you will have to revise later, but it will give you ideas on how to get from a to b.
- Write a scene with your MC. You don’t have to use it, but it helps you know you character more intimately. (Use this to help plot your characters!)
- Find a prompt or dare, and work it into your story. You’ll have a clear direction of where you are going.
- Take a break. Do something that gets your creative energy flowing again like painting, reading, or napping! 🙂
If you are still having trouble, put it to sleep for a week or two. (The draft, not you) After the time is up, bring out your story. If it has major problems, you may just want to save it for another time and start a new project in the meantime. If you can see a light at the end of the tunnel, start writing!
How do you deal with Writer’s Block?