Power through that writer’s block! There are many resources out there, and below you’ll find 3 links with many tips and tricks – one of these is bound to help you. Please leave a comment if any of these have helped you.
I was pleased to see an academic resource for writer’s block at The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign: Writing Tips: Strategies for Overcoming Writer’s Block, Copyright © 2013 University of Illinois Board of Trustees. This site states that perfectionism in the draft stage is a sure way catch writer’s block. One tactic they suggest is what they call piecework; I call it fragmented writing. Fragmented writing is perfectly normal and has helped me tremendously. If I feel moved to write the end although I’m only half-way through my work, I jump ahead and write the end. Read more about fragmented writing in this post: 3 TIPS FOR FRAGMENTED WRITING: I’M BATMAN.
The 10 Types of Writers’ Block (and How to Overcome Them) by Charlie Jane Anders lists the following problems and suggests tactics to overcome them. Here are the types of writer’s block identified:
1. You can’t come up with an idea.
2. You have a ton of ideas but can’t commit to any of them, and they all peter out.
3. You have an outline but you can’t get through this one part of it.
4. You’re stuck in the middle and have no idea what happens next.
5. You have a terrible feeling your story took a wrong turn a hundred pages back, and you only just hit a dead end.
6. You’re bored with all these characters, they won’t do anything.
7. You keep imagining all the reasons people are going to say your story sucks, and it paralyzes you.
8. You can’t think of the right words for what you’re trying to convey in this one paragraph.
9. You had this incredibly cool story in your head, and now you’re turning it into words on a screen and it’s suddenly dumb.
10. You’re revising your work, and you can’t see your way past all those blocks of text you already wrote.
Top 10 Tips for Overcoming Writer’s Block – Ginny Wiehardt suggests implementing a writing schedule and thinking of writing as a regular job, setting deadlines and keeping them. I admit that this is not a glamorous suggestion for those artsy/creative types, but anything worth doing deserves some goals. Remember to celebrate your achievements and let your friends and family know how much progress you’ve made; their excitement and praise will encourage you.
Keep writing and keep sharing – power through your writer’s block! Please leave a comment if any of these have helped you. – Cronin Detzz