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March 9, 2012

WRITER’S BLOCK: If you’re stuck – take stock

Filed under: Writing — dramaquill @ 3:10 PM

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Writer’s block…two words no writer wants to face.

What is writer’s block? Imagine waking up in the morning and not being able to get out of bed. Writer’s block is that crippling dread that comes over all writers at one time or another. The curser pulses. The blank page shines white and empty. No words. No ideas. Search writer’s block and you’ll find lots of blogs and articles offering advice and support. Just googling those two words presents over ten million results. Whew!

Recently, I’d been too busy with other aspects of my career and had to put my second novel away for a couple of months. Last week, excited and pumped to get back to writing, I pulled out my most recent chapters and read them over. Finally, I could continue working on my story. The first big block of writing time I had managed into my schedule added up to about ninety minutes. I was ecstatic. At least, I started out that way. But after forty-five minutes of starting the same sentence, then scribbling out the four or five words that even came to mind, I just couldn’t get going. I flipped back to the previous chapter for inspiration. Nothing. After sixty minutes, I decided that I’d put the project away until later in the week, when I had another ninety minutes blocked out.

 Later that week, I decided to try writing the next few chapters with pen and notebook. Often, I think better when I’m doing the physical writing by hand, rather than using my computer. Again, I refreshed my memory on where I was in the story and set out to pen the first sentence of the next chapter. This time, I managed a paragraph before the scribbling began. Was I being too picky and editing too soon?

 Nope. It’s pretty hard to edit a rambling bunch of nothing.

This time, I was not going to let this sudden case of writer’s block eat away my precious writing time so instead, I pulled out my planner notebook and started reading my character studies. I looked over the diagrams of some of my settings, tweaking things here and there. I followed my plot points, checking off those I’d already covered, adding some new twists and even questioning some of them. Then, I penned three different endings with pros and cons for each.

I may not have added more chapters to my book, but I did take stock of what I’ve done so far and what I hope to accomplish with the remaining chapters. Having this deeper understanding of the many aspects of this novel seems to have done the trick. I now have the next four chapters plotted out in rough points. I know I’ll be able to write them this weekend when I have my next block of writing time.

Writer’s block doesn’t feel good. Writer’s block can leave you wondering if you’ve run out of steam. Don’t let writer’s block stop you from finishing your next book. If you’re stuck – take stock.

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2 Comments »

  1. I think writer’s block should be your writers block of time to write.

    Comment by sandycarl — March 9, 2012 @ 6:03 PM | Reply

  2. haha

    Comment by dramaquill — March 11, 2012 @ 1:52 PM | Reply


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