It happens to the best of us. We start a new novel; we’re inspired to write the first few chapters. We churn them out and reread them with relish. Week three rolls around and we discover that we may have slowed down a bit, maybe writing half a page at most. By week four, we squeeze out a paragraph. Week five, nothing. Mind goes blank. More time has gone by and you realize you have abandoned your precious novel. Now what?
Have no fear: the writer’s block busters are here. Here are a few tips to jump-start your way back to writing your novel, screenplay, short story.
- Make a date. Get together with a writing buddy to meet somewhere outside of your home to write. This is a great way to make yourself accountable to someone else and the pressure to write something overcomes the inertia not to write anything.
- Take a class. Maybe you need structure. It’s hard to discipline yourself to write everyday when no one is expecting you to hand anything in. A writing class is a good way to raise the stakes.
- Do something else. If you get writer’s block while at home, do something active for a short time: a physical activity like taking a walk, jumping jacks, or dancing to a favorite YouTube song. This will get your heart pumping and your mind off the writer’s block. Then return to your desk and start writing.
- Time yourself. Set a timer for 10 minutes and keep your hand moving! This is Natalie Goldberg’s favorite method and she’s written several books on the writing process. Stay present. Give yourself short writing prompts like: I remember/I like/I dislike/etc…If you can’t think of anything to write, then write: I can’t think of anything to say or describe the room you are in. Get out of your head and onto the page. The writing will take care of itself.
Then return to your current writing project and pick up where you left off. Repeat, repeat, repeat!
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