Are all your pencils gnawed to bits? Have your pens all run dry? Is sweat dripping from your brow as you stare at 72 pixels of blank screen? Are words banging away at the confines of your head, begging for release? Well, let them out! Try these suggestions from fellow writers, kick writer's block to the curb and write...write...write!
"Maybe my characters are tired and need a break. I could work on something new and get refreshed and ready to hit this one again with gusto!" Linda Rae Blair, Author
"After all we need to have some reason to return to face that blank screen. Or, prehaps, the burning desire to discover what's next is sufficient."
- "A story is organic, you can't force it otherwise it ends up stilted and unnatural. Give it time, take a break." Freya Pickard
- "I have struggled to put pen to paper for months. Finally, I decided to start my blog - last ditch attempt to reignite that fire. It has certainly worked for me! After writing a few posts on my blog, I felt inspired enough to write a story." Karen
- "I just take a break for a few hours and do something else." Scarlett Rains, Author
- "Honestly another way that I try to overcome the writer's block in plotting is to just doodle." S.D. Lewis
- "If I was worried about structure and construction and all those other things, I'm sure my creativity would take a hit as I was constantly worrying about whether or not I was following the proper method!" Kelly
- "Too much planning would ruin the process for me. I cannot try to come up with the story because it only comes through me." Lucy
- "I never plan I just start writing. let me fingers do the writing and my imagination convey what it is in need to convey."Mysterious
- "The act of boiling down a huge opus into a succinct synopsis or back matter blurb takes objectivity and TIME. Time away from the work. I like to let it sit for 2-3 wks then read it fresh and then write the odious synopsis/summary and let others review it (who have read the bk) and have them help me revise it. It works better that way and takes the pressure off." The Notebook Blogairy
- "I find that just leaving the book alone entirely helps to re-center my focus so that as I'm giving my book the chance to grow and twist and turn and try to take a life of its own, that I keep it on track and I don't end up with something way off base as to what I was trying to write in the first place." S.D. Lewis
- "Writer's block is akin to stage fright, the unwanted internal dialogue that stifles creativity, and the more you get into your head about it, the worse it gets. Forcing yourself to flow through as if you were in front of live audience is a skill that any writer can learn. Improvising stories for local children is a great way to develop this skill." D. M. Kenyon