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September 9, 2012

4 Ways To Battle Writer’s Block

In the process of writing The Veil (which has nothing to do with weddings) I ran into my first experience of writer’s block. I had heard of it happening to other writers quite often, but thought that this will never happen to me! I had written the beginning with ease, scribbled down an outline, which changed daily, and knew the direction I wanted to go with the story concept.

Then out of the blue…nothing. I let the story sit for a week.  I wrote the climactic ending of the story, and got that out the way hoping that it would spark something in my brain that had seemed to go on vacation without me.

My husband asks me occasionally, “How’s my Baby?” I said to him, “I’m stuck.” I explained my dilemma and he hashed it out with me for about ten minutes and then I was able to plunk myself back in the writer’s seat and continue with a renewed passion.

Steps you can take to unlock your creativity:

  1. Brainstorm with someone who understands the problem: Talking it out helps to get your thoughts organized and be able come up with fresh ideas.
  2. If the outline isn’t working, rewrite it: There’s no law saying you have to follow it to the letter.
  3. Go backwards with your outline: Write the ending, then go step by step in reverse order.
  4. Let your story simmer for a while: You may be getting bogged down too much with the bigger picture. Especially, if you’re putting a time limit on yourself to finish the story. Stress and pressure with seize up your creativity.

Unorthodox perhaps. But, whatever methods you can use to unleash the creative beast within you is never a bad thing. If you have had writer’s block and found a way to overcome it, please feel free to share your story.

 

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10 Comments »

  1. ‘Let your story simmer for a while’ This is my favorite advice, I always do that.

    Comment by ahamin — September 10, 2012 @ 12:55 pm | Reply

  2. I needed to do all four on The Veil. It was a tough one for me.

    Comment by Gina Lawless — September 10, 2012 @ 4:37 pm | Reply

  3. It’s always awesome to have someone to brainstorm with! My fiance and I always toss ideas between us; it’s really helpful! And letting the book simmer for a while is a really good idea

    Comment by Zen — September 13, 2012 @ 7:28 am | Reply

  4. I neglected to put #5 up. A nice hot bubble bath with a glass of vino always helps as well! I had no idea how much of a lift my husband could give me. I NEVER talk to him about ideas, so yes, I’ll have to use that one more often.

    Comment by Gina Lawless — September 13, 2012 @ 5:17 pm | Reply

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