You’re flying along, writing chapter after chapter when suddenly you hit that dreaded wall we call: Writer’s Block. It’s a filthy word. We don’t like to say it, but it happens to all of us at one time or another.
How do you get past that wall that’s preventing you from getting the words onto the page?
I’d love to tell you it’s super simple and you just need to do such and so on, in order to get past it. Sadly, we all know from experience it sometimes takes a lot to get writing again.
You can walk away from whatever you’re working on for a bit. Take a break and do something else. When I get stuck, I’ll go back and edit some of my older works. It helps to be doing something writing related for me. Sometimes I’ll go back and read the previous chapters to see if I can change something earlier in the story to get me out of the corner I’ve written myself into now.
Other authors will shut down the computer and get out of the house, or their workspace. Have a cup of tea (or whatever suits you!) and come back to what they were working on later.
Opening a file or grabbing a notebook and writing down bits of ideas for future chapters of your book helps. Even writing bits of ideas for other books you may write in the future can help get those creative juices flowing.
Whether you’ve written you characters into a corner that you aren’t certain how to get them out of or if you just have no inspiration for the next chapter. It will have you sitting before the screen staring blankly.
As with everything writing, we all have our own little tricks that help us through the hard times. We all know that it seems impossible to surmount whatever is blocking us from getting those words onto the page. Have faith, you’ll get past it. It happens to all of us at one time or another!
So keep writing, in whatever direction it takes you.