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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Villainous Blank Page – Battling Writer’s Block

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Of all the interviews I’ve done, one of the most common questions have been “how do you battle writer’s block?” The truth is, there’s no one great answer. If there were, writer’s block wouldn’t exist and we’d all be on our way to best-sellers. Writers are varied and unique creatures, and not all fixes work for everyone. 


That being said, here are a few pointers—things that seem to work for me.

  1. I must always… ALWAYS have coffee. Writer’s block is inevitable with me if I don’t have caffeine. That’s first and foremost. 
  2. Sometimes, changing the music helps—if you’re the kind of writer who needs the background noise to keep you in the mood. 
  3. A change in scenery helps too. Take your laptop out of the office. I like to park my hind parts at Starbucks (See item #1)
  4. Do word sprints with friends. Writing for an hour straight then taking a break for an hour works wonders. If you have friends who write or aspire to write, team up and go at it. If you’re competitive at all, you’ll be able to throw down a few thousand words like it’s no big deal. 
  5. Listen to your characters. Don’t give them a voice, hear their voice. Don’t force a story on your characters or they’ll retaliate by going silent. That probably sounds insane. It’s not. Think about it as your subconscious telling you the characters wouldn’t go down a certain path or do what you’re trying to make them do. 
  6. Last but not least, you might genuinely need a break. When a muse becomes exhausted, it will abandon you. Don’t keep going. Forced words are obvious to readers and will do nothing to help you get the story done.

Writer’s block can be a real pain and the most frustrating thing in the world, but with a little patience and a heavy dose of Zen, you can get beyond it and conquer that novel lickety split. Remember, a little fun never hurt anyone, and since you’re stuck, you might as well enjoy the time off. Your muse will come running right back!

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16 comments:

Anonymous said...

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Leanne Gagnon said...

Great post and I agree about the coffee. What helps me with writer block is to look at pictures or to ho places that r majestic.
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Falyn said...

Thanks for the advice. I have been working on my story recently and finally realized that the characters in my head were not right for each other so I put my male character to the side for another day and started working on a new one. It really helped.
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Anonymous said...

You continue to inspire me! The post was terrific; just like your writing. Thank you for always being generous with your time. -Tammy Leatherman

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Anonymous said...

This was very helpful. :)

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Melissa Keir said...

I like to move to bed to write.

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katsrus said...

I always have to start my day with coffee or I cannot function. Thanks for the giveaway.
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rojo13864 said...

I too can't start my day without Coffee..I'm a grump without it..lol

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Tina B said...

I am not a writer, but this sounds like some good advice. :)
Thank you for sharing.
Congrats on your recent release.
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Susan W said...

I'm not a writer but I think I can uses those tips with my students when they get stuck on homework. Thanks!

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Katrina Harrison said...

Great tips!

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Allison Cassatta said...

rojo13864 is the winner! This giveaway is now closed