1. Understand why you’re blocked. Do you doubt yourself? Are you tired? Can you not find the time to write? Are you stuck? Do you know what to write? A lot of these issues can be solved with time management, habit building exercises and gaining clarity on what you want to write.
2. Change your scene. Go for a walk. Talk to someone. Watch television. Read a book. Listen to music. Also, get your characters out of your story and over somewhere else. Ask them why? Create a new quick scene for them to interact in that has nothing to do with your story.
3. Force it. More often than not, forcing yourself to write will get yourself over your hump. Think of writing like a ketchup bottle: when you’re blocked, nothing will get out. But once your force it through, the ketchup flows freely – just like your words.
When I’m feeling particularly blocked, I think of it as a sign that I need to gain clarity on one of two things: either, I need to focus on what I’m writing (which is why I outline for every single novel I’ve written) or I need to remind myself why I’m writing (I want to write for a living, quit my job and stay at home with my kids while earning a sizable income). Once I gain clarity, my blocks are gone and I can write.
When do you feel particularly blocked? How do you overcome it? I’d love to hear from you, so please comment below. I always respond to comments!
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