Getting Over Writer’s Block in Six (not so easy) Steps
Every writer or artist has to deal with it at one point or another. It’s brutal. Terrifying. Painful. Difficult to get rid of. No, it’s not the clap, it’s writer’s block. Or, as I like to call it, getting lodged in Satan’s asshole.
To help you get those creative juices flowing again, here are some things that might help.
1) Read books in the genre you’re writing. Or watch movies in the genre you’re writing. Movies are a different format, sure, but the plot structure is the same. Seeing what others have done might spark an idea for a tricky plot point that has you stuck.
2) Free write. Just let it all hang out. Write whatever you want, if you’re stuck on the novel you’re currently working on, try something different. Maybe it’s a scene that’s later in the book that’s been tripping around your brain, haunting you with the need to write it even though it’s about seven chapters away from where you currently are. Write ahead, and then fill in the gaps later.
3) Don’t write. Might seem counterintuitive, but sometimes if you are pushing yourself too hard to write something, your own brain might be resisting. Take a break and go do something else. Get a massage, hang out with friends, go to the beach, the park, or anywhere. Try not to think about your book. That’s usually when the sparks will start coming out again.
4) Write somewhere else. Do you normally write at home? Go to a bookstore, coffee shop, or heck, even a different room in your house. Sometimes you just need a change of scenery.
5) Re-evaluate your plot. Are you stuck because you’ve written yourself into a hole? Get out some index cards, sit on the floor and write out what’s happened so far on the cards, one card per scene. Lay them out in front of you and imagine watching the plot happening behind your eyes like a movie. Maybe you need to backtrack and change something, or add a subplot to keep the story moving forward.
6) If none of the above seems to work, ask for help. Chat with a fellow writer or beta reader. Sometimes we are too close to our own work and we can’t see the problem even if it’s slapping us in the face. If you don’t know any writers, find a community board or chat room of writers. One of the great things about the writing community is our willingness to help each other and stick together.
Lucy London puts the word genius to shame. Having obtained her PhD in microbiology by the age of twenty, she’s amassed a wealth of knowledge, but one subject still eludes her—people. The pendulum of passions experienced by those around her both confuses and intrigues her, so when she’s offered a grant to study emotion as a pathogen, she jumps on the opportunity.
When her attempts to come up with an actual experiment quickly drop from lackluster to nonexistent, she’s given a choice: figure out how to conduct a groundbreaking study on passion, or lose both the grant and her position at the university. Put on leave until she can crack the perfect proposal, she finds there’s only one way she can study emotions: by experiencing them herself.
Enter Jensen Walker, Lucy’s neighbor and the one person on the planet she finds strangely and maddeningly appealing. Jensen’s life is the stuff of campus legend, messy, emotional, complicated—in short, the perfect starting point for Lucy’s study. When her tenaciousness wears him down and he consents to help her, sparks fly. To her surprise, Lucy finds herself battling with her own emotions, as foreign as they are intense. With the clock ticking on her deadline, Lucy must decide what’s more important: analyzing her passions…or giving in to them?
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Genre - Romantic Comedy
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