Combatting Writer’s Block

Writer’s Block is something that almost every writer contends with at some time in their writing career.

It can slow you down or even keep you from completing your task. Different authors in the past have used many different things to help them combat Writer’s Block. These include:

  • Stopping in the middle of the sentence when finishing for the day. That way with an incomplete thought you already have a building block to work off of for the next day or so when working on your manuscript.
  • Stopping in the middle of paragraph. Seemingly this will do the same as stopping in the middle of a sentence. Allowing you, the writer, to continue on with your masterpiece of literary fiction.
  • Writing to a specific word count for the day and cutting off there. That way you may have a way to continue with your ideas the next day or the next.
  • (My personal favorite. For those with an overactive imagination) This requires working on more than one project at a time. Thus, when one project becomes stagnant, you move on to the next and go back in a day or two to see if you have gained any insight on the work you had been working on.
  • Another way, is to just write and let your thoughts flow until your work just comes back to you.

The best thing when writing is to clear your workspace of all distractions and do what you can to keep your mind on task. If you are like me, your mind will tend to wander into other realms while working on your current project. But you MUST make sure to try and stay on task or do two or three different projects at the same time to help prevent your writer’s block.

David

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