Writer’s Blocked- Detour Ahead

This week we’re talking about how we deal with writer’s block. I wish I had some wonderful advice or great techniques for how to get over writer’s block but if I’m going to be honest I don’t. I haven’t finished a novel in a few years for this very reason.

I get to about a quarter of the way into a story and everything just goes blank! I know how I want the story to go because I can see it play out in my head but I can’t seem to translate that onto paper. I don’t know if it is all the distractions in my life. I really think it is a combination of things. I had some pretty harsh criticism that has replayed over and over in my mind. I have been dealing with my own health issues and that of my children. Then staying busy taking care of not only my family but helping my parents and sister as much as I can. Then when I do get a chance to sit down I’m so tired that I can’t keep my eyes open to write. When I do get words down on the screen they just don’t flow like they used to. It could be the glare of the screen or the distractions that the internet brings. In the past I have simply just walked away from whatever frozen project I was working on and move on to the next one. This has become a horrible trend. I have dozens of discarded projects.

I decided to try something else. Last week I ran to the store and purchased a hardcover notebook. I have decided that I’m going to use this to work on my next project. Maybe writing on actual paper with pen will let the creativity flow more. I won’t have to deal with the headaches the screen brings or the distractions of the internet right at my fingertips. I am going to set aside a portion of the morning for writing. I’ve always been a night writer, often staying up until 3 A.M. to write but now I find that if I stay up past 11 I’m exhausted the next day, all day long. So I’m going to try writing in the morning.

I’m hoping with this week’s topic I will find some great tricks to try for when I hit a roadblock. I really need to figure out something other than just moving on to the next project.

About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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7 Responses to Writer’s Blocked- Detour Ahead

  1. You really ARE a very busy person with many family responsibilities, Angie. You need to go easy on yourself.
    I have been in the same boat, only lack of time, energy and when I do, procrastination is my enemy. I don’t know why; when I get on a roll, I flow.
    However, we don’t get to see you here as much as we would like, so we can tell that you are busy. Do what you need to do, but keep the juices flowing. Drop here when you can and you will get back to writing in earnest, I am again.

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    • I really don’t mean to miss my days here. I’m actually writing posts today to schedule them out. We just got home from the doctor with Wyatt being sick. So he’s snuggled under a blanket next to me while I’m trying to get some writing done.
      I’m glad to hear that you’re back to writing.

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  2. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I did a lot of switching from one project to another. My own health is fine, but between my husband and my mom, I’ve made countless doctor visits. I hadn’t completed a project in a year and a half. I finally had to cut back on my expectations and concentrate on telling shorter stories. Rather than novels or novellas, I started working on stories of 5K to 10K and sending them to anthology projects. I’m hoping I can go back to writing longer stories once we’re settled in a new place and have fewer health issues to deal with. Hoping your issues are solved soon.

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    • Switching to writing novellas could be a great way to get around writer’s block! I do enjoy reading your novellas.
      I hope health gets better for your mom and husband and that your move goes smoothly.

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  3. Jeff Salter says:

    Certainly, dealing with family issues, illnesses, covid stress, etc. has knocked the starch out of your writing discipline. And that’s totally understandable. We can all hope for better times, fewer stressors, and more stability in the future.
    And I believe your notion about writing by hand may be just the ticket — at least for a time.

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  4. The idea of a notebook is a great one. It’s always handy to jot down ideas and phrases. I do that while I’m reading someone else’s work.

    Don’t be too hard on yourself, as has been said here. You have a lot going on. When you do sit down to write, don’t worry if you only get a few paragraphs, or even one sentence done. It’s not going anywhere while you take a break. It’ll be there when you come back. Just write what comes to you, even if it’s not totally connected or flowing the way you want it. That’s where self-editing comes in after your draft is complete. You can even have gaps in the story before your self-editing starts. Then fill them in.

    Like I’ve said before, when I have a lull or don’t know what to do with a passage, I get up and do something else, then come back to it. Move on and write another scene that’s needed. Don’t let these little set backs get to you.

    Personally, I wish whoever came up with the phrase “writer’s block” had never coined it. It has done more harm to writers than good. Pretend it doesn’t exist. It’s just your thoughts mulling around in your brain for the moment, looking for the perfect way to express what you want to say. Move on to something else, and come back to it later.

    Take everything in life, one step at a time.

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  5. Elaine Cantrell says:

    The notebook is probably a great idea. I’ve handwritten some stuff before myself.

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