All writers suffer from writer's block at some point. The blockage can come from several sources. You put your project away for several weeks to work on something else, or take a vacation, and now you can't remember what you intended to write about. You've only worked out the first few chapters and now have no idea what should come next.You just discovered a major error of fact or detail that will force you to re-write. Or, perhaps, like me, you've been attacked by a troll and are simply having doubts about yourself.
Whatever the cause, this article on Scoop-It offers six ways to overcome the damage and get going again. One or two of them are sure to work for you, so take a look at this article:
I found it useful if for no other reason than it forced me to admit I was blocked. I've been puttering around and making excuses. I lost most of May that way. And then I discovered that all it took was the simple act of sitting down at the keyboard and starting to write something -- anything. So last week I cranked out two whole chapters, and I'm feeling pretty good about my current project again.
Here's one trick I taught myself. Set your goals within reasonable limits. When I did the April Camp NaNoWriMo, I chose to set my goal at 30,000 words. Half way through the month, I upped it to 35,000 because it was going so well. And it worked. I finished the month with close to 38,000 words.The last two times I tried to do this writing marathon, I went with the standard 50,000 word goal, which requires around 1650 words every day. I found that grueling. But 1000 a day? I can knock that out after supper if I have to.
Now that I'm back at it, and there's no NaNoWriMo challenge going on to keep proverbial nose to proverbial grindstone, I lowered my sights last week and decided to be happy with 500 words a day. How's it going? Well, since the goal forces me to get started but does not pin me to the keyboard for hours, I find that I'm exceeding my goals without noticing it. My average last week was around 760 words a day.
What keeps the rest of you writing?