It happens to all of us: writer’s block. You sit down to write and nothing happens. Or garbage happens. Words that limp across the page to die in one wheezing breath. The kind of garbage you don’t feel can be revamped into anything cool. What do you do? Well, I can’t say these methods will work for you, but this is what I do to move forward.
- I switch stories, even genre-hop. Tired of writing gushy romances? Maybe it’s time to switch to horror and go for gushes of blood. Or vice versa. Sometimes, I need a cuddle after killing off so many characters. I’m a bad, bad person but bad people need love, too.
- I edit what I’ve got. Sometimes, just polishing what I’ve already written will spark back the old writing flame. Not only will I love writing again, but usually I’ll find a new angle I didn’t think of before and will pick up where I left off.
- Time to do some marketing. I always say I don’t have enough time to market myself because I’m too busy writing. So, when the creative juices aren’t flowing, I knuckle down and market myself in some way. In my case, I started the process of getting a website together. I looked again at my Amazon Author’s Page and know it needs a little more than the bare bones info I gave it. Maybe I need to make a few more posts on Twitter with #writing attached.
- Time to do some research. Whether it’s learning how to market myself, reading samples of how to write the perfect pitch, or finding the literary agent who can best represent my work, I use my downtime by getting lost in Google.
- Take a break. Sometimes, I need to recover from burning myself out on writing. I typically will either read a book or watch a movie that’s closely related to my manuscript. Again, this is to rejuvenate my interest in my work and possibly inspire a new idea into my theme. However, taking a break is a tricky thing to do during writer’s block. All too often, I get suckered into taking too long of a break. So, if you’re like me, set a time limit on when you’ll get back to writing again. A day usually does the trick, but no more than a weekend. Then, ready or not, I work on one of the stories in my “to-be-finished” pile.
There you have it: the five things I do to combat writer’s block. What’s on your list?