NaNoWriMo: Writer’s Block

Ah, writer’s block. You’ve been there. In fact, you might be there right now and you’re here because you’re scouring the internet for something, anything to distract and/or inspire you because you have no clue what the hell to write.

Good times, right? Not so much, and even less so when you watch the precious minutes you actually have to write tick by without new words magically appearing on the page. But as I said, we’ve all been there. If you write, you will have writers block. The trick is getting around it, over it or through it.  Here are my suggestions- feel free to chime in with yours in the comments, as this is hardly exhaustive.

Prevention is the best medicine: Spend a few moments at the end of each writing session planning what you’ll write about next, and review it when you sit down to write. Get excited about it. This way you’re always looking ahead- and looking forward- to advancing your story.

Limit distractions: If you work from a laptop, turn off your wifi. This will force you to stay focused. If you do take a break, set a time limit and stick to it. Also, avoid mindless things- don’t get lost in facebook or whatever, go for a quick walk, get a snack. Do something that will get blood and creative juices flowing.
Just do it: Writing is easier when you have momentum on your side. If you stare at your cursor as it blinks, taunting you, you’ll keep staring at it. If you are writing, odds are you’ll keep writing- so start writing something, even if it’s not perfect. That’s what editing is for.

What do you do to overcome writer’s block?


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