Friday, October 14, 2011
I have this theory when I have a brain freeze and can't write. If I write something, anything, it will give this nice little "kick in the pants" to my head and something will magically pop up.
So, in the title post, I write, "I have no clue what to write."
In my own WIP, many times this looks a little like this:
I then promptly delete it, knowing that at the very least, I can write something better than THAT!
So, as I typed my silly title, fully intending to immediately erase it, I thought: Why not leave the title as is and give some tips about how to push through the irritating phenomenon that is writer's block?
This is very appropriate as well, since in a local writer's group of mine, we are having a "marathon" month where we encourage each other to write through the fog and just get SOMETHING down on paper, regardless of how rough. It's a fantastic exercise to do!
Tip 2: CHOCOLATE! Nuff said.
Tip 3: Change scenery. Do you write in an "office"? Take your laptop to your bed, or the couch, outside, or even to the library or coffee house.
Tip 4: Brainstorm with a friend. I recently had a FABULOUS conversation with alleycat Sarah about my current work in progress that was giving me HUGE fits. She gave some fantastic suggestions, asked me some great questions, and it forced me to think outside the box of my own head and consider some other possibilities. It WORKED!
Tip 5: Reverse. Some might not agree with this, but sometimes when I'm REALLY stuck, I need to back up and read what I've written already. I don't do this a lot, but it helps get the book back into my head, revs up my creative juices, and gets me EXCITED about my story again. It also helps me see if there is a big plot whoops that is the culprit of my paralyzed creativity.
Discussion: How about you? Any ways you've overcome the "Holy crap I don't know what to write now" syndrome?