Sometimes writers get stuck. And it is hard to get unstuck. Some are stuck for a few weeks. Some for months. Some for years. It’s painful, frustrating, and, if left unchecked, can kill a writer’s career and motivation before it even begins. We’re passionate about writing, but sometimes the words just. won’t. come.
How can I get over writer’s block? Good question. 7 tips that have worked for me.
- Figure out why you’re stuck
I firmly believe that writer’s block is caused by uncertainty. Subconsciously, I get stuck on my novel (or my fanfiction) when I’m writing in the wrong direction! Go back to the last place you were in your novel before you got stuck. Reread it and think about what’s wrong. You may need to delete the scene or several scenes and start over from the last point where things were humming along. This, 9 times out of 10, is how I get around a problem in my narrative.
2. Write whatever the heck you want
Get out some paper and start playing around with your characters. Put them in strange situations, write romantic scenes with them, interview your characters, or do something else related to your book that helps take the edge off. Whatever you do, don’t stop writing.
3. Outline your novel
I know, I know. EVERYONE has an opinion on outlining. Give it a go. Just keep in mind that you don’t have to stick to your outline. It should be treated as a guidepost for whenever you get lost or stuck. It is good to know where your story is headed. You’ll avoid a lot of plot holes later! My outlines tend to be fluid. I use them to help me figure out where I’m headed whenever I run out of road in the story.