15 tips to combat writer's block
Updated: Jan 17, 2020
I discovered there are many tips- more than just 15, but for me, these get me back on track. The most important one is free write. Its where I write down a word, phrase, idea on a steno note pad....and sometimes I stare at it for quite awhile.....letting my mind work it through a thought, sentence or role. I find the second tip helps me get re-energized- number 2- don't start in the beginning. Start where you are excited, and having the juices flowing with creativity. Number 3- for God sake- have fun. Walk outside, take the dogs for a walk, talk to yourself (just don't be too loud- people will think you are cray cray). This allows you to see new things, and listen to the sound of how your story is coming together. Number 4-I love to play word games- I learn new ways to spell, use and win. I currently play everyday-some 25 people, most I do not know, but share the same zest for scoring and winning. I can proudly say my best word earned me 111 points. Go for it. Number 5- play the scene out in your head and talk it out loud. Listen for errors in jumping in the scene or not telling the story, as opposed to reporting a story. Number 5-write for yourself, not for your readers. Its your story. Number 6-put your work down. Come back to it later and proof read and edit. Then put your work down. Come back later.....yes, I think you get the picture. You'll do this several times. Number 7- if you have not started drinking wine, this may be a great time to pour yourself a glass. I prefer Merlot, that sweet stuff is like kool-aid. Number 8- stop looking for answers to blocks. Just start writing.....anything. It is forcing your mind to start thinking again. Number 9 through 15- there are no more tips. Pick up your pen and write a word down-now stare at it and let your mind go.