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Beating Writer’s Block

April 6th, 2018

First thanks to Colin for last weeks’s blog. I always love it when people illustrate what they’re talking about with lots of examples. It’s easy to say ‘your book needs an inciting incident’, but what does that mean? But, throw in a few great examples and it becomes so much easier to understand and incorporate into your own writing.

Some writers believe in writer’s block, some don’t. But I’m sure you’ll agree that there are times when we all get stuck, or the words won’t flow. It can lead to negative, depressing thoughts; so here are some tips for getting over it!

See your writing as a job – something you’ve just got to settle down and get on with rather than waiting for inspiration to strike.

Don’t sit staring at your computer screen and feeling sorry for yourself – go for a walk and get some fresh air. Walking is good for the brain as it boosts serotonin levels, which in turn improves your mood, and our brains are more creative when we’re in a good mood.

Also, make sure your work place is conducive to writing. No distractions, and with comfortable working conditions.

Have realistic expectations of yourself. Don’t set your daily word targets too high or expect everything you write to be perfect at the first-draft stage.

Try to have more than one project on the go. So, if you get stuck on one, you can swap to another. By the time you’ve completed it, you may find yourself able to move on from where you were stuck. Consider penning a reader’s letter or an article if you are blocked on your novel or short story. The change of genre might be just what you need.

Just write…pick up your pen, or start a new document on your computer and churn out any old drivel. Eventually the good stuff will start to flow and all you need is one inspirational idea and you’ve broken the block!

Get to know other writers in your local area or online. If you’re stuck, meet up for lunch or even just a phone call. It’s surprising how being around like-minded people can give you new ideas and increase your enthusiasm.

Meeting deadlines. This is a difficult one. If you’re facing a tight deadline this might cause panic followed by writer’s block. In this situation, you’ll just have to get on with it. But having no deadline to work to can be just as bad, see what Robin Bailes had to say in an earlier post – Freelance Deadlines.

Finally, it might sound like heresy, but if you’re stuck, go away and do something other than writing, especially if you’ve been doing a lot recently. Your brain is your writing muscle and just like any other muscle, it can tire and need a rest. Doing something completely different can help to refresh your mind. Have a day out with the family. Visit a local tourist attraction. Go to the cinema. Just do something different!

Different things work for different people, but I hope that you might just find one of the above helps if you’re having problems at the moment.

My guest next week is Claire Keogh who will be explaining what triggered her to get back on track with her long-held ambition to write a book.

Author: Diana Nadin



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