OVERCOMING WRITERS BLOCK BY WRITING
“What I try to do is write. I may write for two weeks ‘the cat sat on the mat, that is that, not a rat.’ And it might be just the most boring and awful stuff. But I try. When I’m writing, I write. And then it’s as if the muse is convinced that I’m serious and says, ‘Okay. Okay. I’ll come.’” — Maya Angelou
Conflict, Conflict, Conflict…You are going through it right now, that must be why you are reading this.
You are the star behind your book. After all, you are the Author of it’s soon-to-be fabulous creation…and guess what, you are living the same life as your main character.
- You have a goal. You want to write a story.
- Your main character has a goal too…
- You have conflict, called Writers Block which is a result of many causes.
- Your main character has conflicts to face in order to reach the main plot goal.
So, you are kind of mirroring your main character, aren’t you?
Writers Block can consist of:
- Distractions – TV, phones, computer
- Doubt, fear, insecurity
- Wanting to be perfect
- Lack of ideas
How to Overcome Writers Block
- Take a break and De-stress
- Go for a walk, run, yoga, sauna, or do some housework
- Sit down and brainstorm ideas you want your story to be about
- What events does your story need to build upon?
- List elements you want in your story to emphasize its meaning, setting, and world
- Conflicts are essential- What does your hero want & fear and what preventions can you put in the way?
- Read books
- Listen to music
- Find a quiet place and let family & friends know to leave you alone for a few hours so you can concentrate
- Park electronics aside (out of reach, in a drawer, on mute)
- Share your thoughts and ideas with a close friend to see if they have suggestions you haven’t thought of
- Sit by a fireplace and sketch or do a puzzle
But, just remember to write after your breaks.
Words will come from you to the pen to the paper, only if you write. Thinking helps but you have to put words on paper to make it real and to make it count.
What you write at first maybe garbage to you and that is okay. At least you are getting the brain and hand working together and your thoughts are getting out there onto paper (or on some electronically device).
Getting your words on paper is step one, then you can take that and polish it into a gem by reworking it until you find what you really want and need to convey in a manner that your reader will understand, resonate with, and appreciate.
Can’t come up with idea?
- Try writing exercises to stimulate your brain
- Study your competitions work and see what does and doesn’t resonate with you..how can you make your work different
- Spice up conflict and problems for your main character that will make him,her,it grow spiritually while reaching their goal
- Kill a character to change things up
- Keep a notepad by your bed as many awesome ideas can spring up during a subconscious state – chances of remembering them in the morning is remote
- Read, read, read – never stop learning and researching your topic / theme
- Find other project to do while you are stumped – by the time you are ready to come back to your novel, your brain will too
- Ask “What if” questions to spur ideas
- Ask “If then” questions to dig deeper
If these suggestions help you spur up some great ideas, write them down, imagine them, focus on them, absorb your ideas and what them mean to you, your characters, your story.
Keep writing. Create as many written projects as you can. It doesn’t start and stop with this story, you will likely have many more that you haven’t tapped into yet or are craving to tap into. Just keep the momentum going.
- Don’t dwell on failures. Do not let prior rejected work paralyze you. Learn and grow and move on.
- When you are stuck – write in a journal.
- What was your day like today? Write about it.
- What goals and dreams do you have? Write about them.
- Write your gratitudes & frustrations. Get it out and off your chest.
- Write a plan. 1 yr, 2 yr, 5 yr an 10 yr plan. What you want and when and how.
The secret to writers block, is to keep on Writing. Write anything, anywhere, anytime.
Written by Deborah @ (DCS) DatabaseCreationSite.com where Creative People Make Awesome Databases for Personal Use, Businesses, and for Writers.