Wednesday, June 22, 2016

5 Ways to Break Writer's Block

Don't you just hate it when you are finally able to sit down and work and all your words come out BLAH? Or worse yet, don't come at all? Even if you've never had to overcome writer's block before, or have been around this block before, here are 5 tips to work past it and start getting your word count back up.

1--Make a Mind Map 
This will help channel your thoughts and get you focused. Write the topics you need to hit in the upcoming chapter, or list the emotions you need the reader to feel as they read. Focusing the mind to the task at hand is sometimes all you need. 

2-- Take a Break
This might sound counter-productive to writing but, take a walk, fold the towels or pull some weeds. Anything that will relax your brain will do. Giving your brain a break will help you be more focused and creative later.
3-- Change up your locale
You don't have to move or even go on vacation to benefit from this one, though the vacation wouldn't hurt. ;) Try a new cafe to write in, visit a museum, or park. Changing your view can change your thought process. And often cuts out familiar distractions as well. 

4-- Write without Boundaries
Give yourself 15-20 minutes to just write. About yourself, an emotion, a place etc... You can even find writing prompts on google or pinterest. Sometimes just writing something turns into being able to write the scene or chapter that you were previously stuck on. Once you have your juices flowing move back to your manuscript. If words still aren't coming, try the exercise again. 

There's a reason that the movie industry has music scored for a film, it helps the audience connect with the story and the characters. Music can bring an emotion to the forefront in a given scene. That same effect can be utilized in setting the mood to write. 

What tricks do you use to get writing when the words just don't come?
Share with us in the comments below.


Canda said...

I usually start writing on something else. That's why we have three stories in progress and two more outlined.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Same here, Canda. Working on something else--especially a different genre--can give me just the break I need.

Betsy said...

I love to interview my characters. Once when I was stuck, I asked the main character what happens next. The little snot said, "How should I know. This is your story, you figure it out." I just wanted to slap him. But then it rang true with his character.