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How do you get over writer’s block?

I’ve probably fielded this question a number of times. A lot of first time authors really struggle with the dry well.

There are a number of ways to overcome writer’s block, and one of them is to look at what you wrote and figure out what is wrong.

Example – While running through the first draft of China Girl, I had the secondary MC change from a perfect uniform to street clothes. Being the pig that I am she became dressed in tight jeans with rips in the right places, a t-shirt that clung to her body and thigh high boots. She had also let her hair down so it flowed about her. Bang – the next scene just wouldn’t come to my mind.

The problem is I took a prim and proper Chinese officer and turned her into a street walker. My subconscious would not accept it. After two days I changed her appearance to a business suit and skirt with conservative shoes, hair braided down her back. Bang! The next scene came quick.

That is not saying your issue is the same, but it could be.

Other issues could be your mind is too busy. You need to get out and go for a walk. Take a little me time and relax. Brew a good cup of tea and eat a cookie or something. Once refreshed, return to the writing.

I had a group suffering from writers block start jotting down things around the room on a paper. After a few minutes some of them started to write, others took more time.

What works for me may not work for you.

I love flash and short stories. If I encounter blocks for the next scene I’ll sometimes get the juices flowing by hitting the flash a little and then revisiting my writing. It works by taking your mind off what you are struggling to do.

The big issue with true writer’s block is you’re too worried about what you do not know about, the next couple of words. Your mind becomes clouded and the worry is the most important thing instead of the creativity of your mind. Take a breath, centre yourself, and start writing “I don’t know what to write” until it comes to you. The simple act of repetition could be enough to jog your mind back to creativity.

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