Tips for Beating Writer’s Block

# 1
Feed your imagination. Great input equals great output.

— Research topics related to your story. For example, one author researched Dutch Batavia, Java, 1879 for his current project. For Atlantis On the Shores of Forever, Jennifer researched the various theories surrounding the possible locations of the Lost Continent.

— Read lots of fiction that excites you. You know, those books you can’t put down. What about these stories thrills you? Try to do the same thing in your own unique way.

— Write down things you love about your favorite movies and TV shows.

# 2
Lock your inner editor in the closet. Temporarily. Don’t throw away the key, but don’t hesitate to hold it over him/her when you meet resistance—you’re the boss! He/she can come back out when you’re ready to revise. Your writing does not have to be perfect for the first draft!

# 3
Brainstorm (Related to #1).

— Make a list of 100 things you love, and try to incorporate them into your story.

— Create a Pinterest board for your story. A picture can help you write a thousand words!

— Compile a YouTube playlist soundtrack for your story. Use movie soundtracks, pop songs, operas—anything that reminds you of your story.

— Speaking of YouTube, lots of writers have made videos about how they handle writer’s block. Check ’em out!

# 4
Shake things up. If you usually write at your table at home, try going to a coffee shop or a park. If you usually type on a keyboard, try it the old-fashioned pen & paper way. Go for a walk. A change of scenery often is just what you need to climb out of the rut.

# 5
Give it a rest. Sometimes, we simply need to step away for a while and let our ideas simmer on the back burner.

# Other Resources #

Helpful Websites:

  1. I Need a Prompt
  2. Pinterest
  3. YouTube

 

Books:

  1.  On Writer’s Block: A New Approach to Creativity — Victoria Nelson
  2.  The Midnight Disease: The Drive to Write, Writer’s Block, and the Creative  Brain — Alice Flaherty
  3.  Around the Writer’s Block: Using Brain Science to Solve Writer’s Resistance — Roseanne Bane

 

 

 

 

 

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