I have bad news. I said on Friday’s post about diagnosing Writer’s Block that I would post the cure on Monday.
I kinda lied. Not sure there really IS a cure. (If there is, let me know, kay?)
But… I think there are a few things we can do to lessen the effects and start the process of returning to wellness in our writing journey.
- Take a break. I’m convinced that sometimes when we are completely fed up with our writing that what we really need is time away. Think of it as a couple who are always fighting and need a time out from each other. Separation makes the heart grow fonder, right?
- Write anyway. Other times, a break is bad news. A break-up with your writing will cause you to be even more lazy and just lengthen your time of separation. Sometimes, we just need to sit our butts in the chair, power-up that laptop, and write regardless of how we feel. Just like love is a choice not just a feeling… so is writing. (I just got home from a date with my hubby… I’m in a relationship mood, ha!)
- Brainstorm. I love this one. Most of the time when I have the worst writer’s block, it is because there is a wall between me and my manuscript that needs to be torn down. Brainstorming, especially with others, can be a huge help with this. It gets the juices churning in our head.
- Read a book. Nothing is more motivating to me than sitting down with a book by one of my fav authors. It renews the yearning in my heart to write riveting fiction.
- Write something that would never happen. Okay, hear me out on this one. If you’re really stuck, think of the most OUTRAGEOUS thing that could happen next in your book… then write the scene. It can be totally contradictory to what you would really write, but that’s okay, you’ll delete most of it anyway. BUT! It, like brainstorming, might help that great idea that is just itching to get onto paper to pop into your brain.
- Eat Chocolate. I dunno… it helps ME anyway!
Anyone else have some suggestions??