Hey everyone! Sorry that I haven’t been posting much lately, I’ve been busy with school starting up and just haven’t had time to write some posts! Hopefully I’ll be able to write a few more now! This post may be a little different than some others because this isn’t about reading, it’s about writing! I figured that since I’ve been writing for a while I may have some advice to give to other writers! So in this post I will talk about how to deal and hopefully get rid of writer’s block.
Anyone who likes to write gets it sooner or later. It’s the boring scene in your book that you just want to be done with. It’s just not having enough ideas to continue writing what you’re working on! I’ve been through it, published authors have been through it, even people like artists struggle with a sort of long-term creativity freeze. Here are some ways that I have used to get through writer’s block
- Write something else:
If you can’t write what you want to, write something else. This may be the most useful thing to do when you have writer’s block. Sometimes it’s frustrating to turn away from a project you really want to work on, but sometimes it’s a relief. But what do you write? Oftentimes, if I’m struggling to write a certain scene in a book, I’ll skip over that scene entirely. Maybe I have an idea for the end of the book, or the next chapter, or another scene. I write it! Once I shaped half a book by writing the really important scenes and then filling in the small things in between until I reached all the way back to the scene I was stuck in. Another thing you could write is a different story. Just take a break from what you’re currently writing, start another story or continue one that you’ve been working on. This could give you ideas for the story you want to be working on or just let you take a break, think about other things for the time being.
Where better to get inspiration from manuscripts that have already been published? Read books in the genre you write to get ideas for what your characters can do, or what can happen next! This also works with watching television or a movie but in my opinion it’s best to read.
3. Organize your ideas
I’d describe this as, “Back to the drawing board.” Just try to plan more! Figure out more about the world your book is based in (or the place it’s based in if it’s on earth), or try to plan more about your characters. What are their flaws? Their strengths? Their weaknesses? Try to understand your character so well that you’re in their shoes. That way, you know what they’d want to do next!
4. Figure out why you have writer’s block
Maybe it’s not a specific reason. That’s okay. But sometimes there are reasons that you have writer’s block. Here’s an example that I could think of. Maybe you play a lot of computer games. Whenever you get on your computer you play the games. Then, you try to write but your mind is stuck on the game and you can’t think of anything to happen in your story! Try to stop whatever it is that’s causing you this, if you’re able to stop it.
5. Just take a break.
Writing can be stressful, but it’s not meant to be! If you are choosing to write, it is supposed to be a fun activity. And if it is not, especially if you have writer’s block, just take a break. This sort of fits in with the other ideas of writing something else or reading, but it’s very true. Just push your writing away, don’t look at it for a day, two days, even a week or more. When you look at it again, maybe you’ll be thinking in a whole other mindset and suddenly come up with an idea that seems obvious.
Other kinds of writer’s block:
Having writer’s block does not just mean that you cannot come up with ideas. It could also mean that you just don’t feel like writing. Maybe you know exactly what’s going to happen next but you don’t know how to write it or you just don’t feel like writing it. Fortunately, a lot of the tips I suggested above also work here. Don’t know how to write a scene? Read a book, see how a published author did a similar scene! Don’t want to write? Take a break. It’s the best thing to do. Maybe you just aren’t having a writing type of day, or week, or even longer. Just do what’s best for you.
One more thing to remember: You write for yourself. Maybe you share your stories on an online platform or show them to your friends. Chances are, they’ll keep asking for more, more, more, because your story is awesome just like you. But what if you don’t feel like writing? Do you push yourself through, get those words on just to please your friends? Well, maybe putting words on a page really will help you get through writer’s block. But if you don’t feel like writing, don’t. This is your story and your choice whether to write it. Don’t make yourself do something you don’t want to. Always, always remember that.
What did you think of this blog post? Do you have any tips that you use when you get writer’s block? Comment your ideas! And also: do you want to know something about how to do something in the writing world? Comment here to ask and I’ll try to write a blog post about it if I think I know enough about the subject.