What do you do when you find yourself working on your current manuscript and hit a wall? You’ve lost inspiration and can’t find a way to brainstorm new ideas? Here are some techniques and some warnings of things to avoid when dealing with writer’s block.
1. Try writing for five minutes than reward yourself for the number of words you got done. Don’t edit your work just keep writing.
2. Build a writing habit. Write at least once a day, even if it’s just one-hundred words. Always think to yourself, “That’s more words than I had when I started,
3. If a scene is problematic place a marker and come back to it. You can also jot down notes of what you want the scene to have in it and come back to it after some time has passed.
4. Have multiple writing projects going. Sometimes if you take a break from one story and refocus on another it can get the ball rolling.
5. Do something that’s creative that doesn’t involve writing. You may need to participate in a creative activity aside from writing like baking, cooking, singing, sewing, or art.
6. Try writing outside of your comfort zone. Try writing a different style of writing such as poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. You can even play around with different genres of storytelling if you’re used to only writing fantasy try horror or romance.
7. Find other art forms to inspire you. They say when you read you can get inspired for new ideas, but also try playing a video game, going to a play or a museum, even music can help spark the imagination.
8. Use friends or family as a sound board. Read your ideas or snippets of your story out loud to gain feedback on what works and what can be improved.
Roadblocks That can get in the Way
When working on your manuscript there are things that can get in the way of you feeling motivated to reach the finish line.
1. Comparing yourself to others and worrying that others might not like what you write, so you end up not writing.
2. Overanalyzing what you wrote trying to make it perfect, you end up forgetting what sparked the idea in the first place.
3. When asking for critiques ask for both positive and critical feedback without taking the critical feedback personal.
4. Don’t expect fame and success overnight, writing is not a race it’s a journey.
5. When taking breaks don’t use it as an excuse to procrastinate. Give yourself timers of when you’ll write and when you’ll take breaks.
6. All things should be in moderation. If you decide to go on social media, play a video game, or watch television use it as a reward for writing.
7. Don’t compare yourself to esteemed published authors who write in the same genre as you. It may lead you to doubt yourself. You just need to research your target audience.
8. Research what resources are available to you to create your ARC (Advance reading copy) or Street Team by finding people to edit and review your work, Create an arc team, editors, beta readers etc. to help tell your story. Don’t feel like you have to do everything yourself if pursuing self-publishing. I hope these suggestions were helpful for you. Find what works for you but be warned writing doesn’t happen overnight and the first draft of your finished manuscript won’t be perfect. Let Your Imagination Inspire You -Enchanting Tales For more info (4) Battling Writers Block - YouTube (4) Roadblocks in Writer’s Blocks - YouTube