I thought this would be a good place for people to offer their suggestions for that pesky thing called Writers Block. It’s an ugly term, one that causes many writers to stop in their tracks and die a little. The thing about Writers Block, is no two authors will always have the same approach to stopping it. What works for one, might now work for others. What worked once, might not work a second time. It’s 100% trial and error.
So how about a mega thread where we all put in our methods of stopping that evil beast in its tracks.
How do you slay the writers block?
Personally I have several methods that can work for me. It depends on the block and what is causing it. Being a pantser, I don’t start out with a lot planning. I have my MC, often the villain (but many times not even that), and I know my end game. The end game is really the only thing I truly need before I start writing, I need to know where my story is headed to be able to get there. Doesn’t mean it’s a good end game that won’t evolve as I write, but I still need a general direction to shoot for. Being a pantser does tend to mean I’m more susceptible to blocks.
My first go-to method is just walking away. This can be for a day, a week, sometimes even a month, I just walk away and wait until I get that bug to write again. I almost always get the bug again.
Write out of order. If I’m blocked on one scene, but another scene is clear as day, I’ll write it. Just last night I was woken up at 4 am with my brain churning over one of the final scenes in Draygon Inferno, the book I’m writing now. Now because it was 4am and my bed was warm, I didn’t actually write it down which could haunt me later , but usually when that happens I’ll at least note it in my phone. Eventually the dots will connect to that scene.
Brainstorm. If there is a specific issue stopping you, then brainstorm that issue. You can do this with a friend or you can do it alone. I personally find doing it with someone who will let you spoil the book for them to be a great help. @Makaylasophia got a taste of that the other day. I was blocked on a solution to a corner I wrote myself into and so she let me bounce things off her until I got one that I liked. So find someone that you can bounce things off of without fear of spoiling something in your book.
Going along with the above, don’t shoot down every idea you do get when you do ask for help. Why ask for help if you don’t actually want the help? Be open to new ideas and try a different style! If you’re typically a plotter who is just stuck, try being a pantser instead. If you’re typically a pantser and are stuck, try being a plotter. Any little thing someone suggest can unstick you. Even if you tried it in the past, be open to trying it again. It might work this time.
Those are the ones I can think of that help me with the evil demon writers block. Your turn!