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

Why Write?

There could be many reasons that an author writes. But a lot of it all comes down to one reason, there is a passion to write.

Inspirations come from all over. Being a fan of certain writers can help give you that particular want to write. People you know can, also, inspire and encourage you to follow your dreams in being an author.

Sometimes writing can be used as a means to cope with an extremely horrible situation or even to rid yourself of nightmares that are haunting you.

Maybe you want to be the next Stephen King, the next Michael Crichton, the next JK Rowling, who knows. If your inspiration is to be a great author, then I suggest you write what you want to write not what you think you should write.

Whatever your reason to write, have fun with your craft. Having fun writing your novels will ultimately show in the final product because you’ll put your best effort into it.

Writing Tip: Momentum

Hello everyone,

I am taking time to give out a tip to some of all of the potential authors put there.

Over the next few weeks I will giving out a series of tips to show you exactly what it takes to be a successful author. I myself have not had any major success as of yet, but have had a few minor successes at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com, & through iBooks.

The first tip I will put out is Keeping Momentum.

Momentum in writing is how consistent the pacing of the book is. Consistent momentum in the way you write also helps in staying away from writer’s block.

A well orchestrated momentum will be quite consistent throughout the book. Like the best movies out there, a great book will keep you always wanting to go onto the next page.

You can have great momentum with anything you write. Pacing of a book or story that constantly shifts on a fly from fast to slow to in-between to fast to another speed is horrible momentum.

You do not want to have those rough stops and starts in your momentum of your storytelling. Instead, you want to keep the story going through smooth transitions between the different speeds of pace.

Great momentum in a book is usually well received by the public where bad momentum gets horrible reviews and is not received very well.

For example:
Bad momentum would show something like this:
Timmy runs from a firefight. He is being shot at left and right. At the wall, he walks around the corner. He fired a few shots before taking off again. (Ugh, this is bad)

But sometimes a change by add or taking out a line makes the whole difference.
Timmy runs from a firefight. He is being shot at left and right. He skids to a stop as he nears the wall before him. At the wall, he walks around the corner. He fired a few shots before taking off again.

By adding the line ‘He skids to a stop as he nears the wall before him.’ the transition in the paragraph is smoother which allows for better momentum to flow though the paragraph.

Not all scenes like this are going to be as easy to fix. Using an editor will help in the process of finding those mistakes that you, as an author, will undoubtedly miss.

Great momentum is a key to a great novel. But there are other keys out there as well which we will get to in the next few weeks.

So until next week,
See you on the flip side of the screen-DRB