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.