We’ve all been through writer’s block and it can be crippling.
The past few weeks had been a turning point for me. I seemed to have hit a plateau in my writing. Everywhere I looked, things seemed to be falling apart and wasn’t working out the way I wanted it to.
But I was determined to get through the slump this time instead of hitting the reset button, as I had done before.
It wasn’t easy but I learned a few things in the process.
1.Stop and take a break.
My biggest mistake was forcing myself to continue writing when I was blocked. It led to burnout and I no longer felt the passion that I had at the beginning.
Sometimes you have to stop to get some new perspective. If you’ve walked into a wall, you wouldn’t keep walking into it over and over right?
The same thing applies to writing.
Back up and find a few way around the brick wall…or drill through it…whatever suits you.
2. You don’t know your story or characters well enough.
This was my problem.
I had to delve deeper into the story and characters. Things weren’t working out the way I had planned because I needed to know more.
Take chances and turn your characters and story upside down. Don’t settle for cliches, don’t settle for what’s safe. Find the sadness in your story.
3.Read or watch something new.
I’ve found inspiration in the weirdest places. From lengthy philosophical books to umm…youtube videos.
With the internet boom and the availability of information from just about anyone, from any walk of life, you can find inspiration from just about anywhere.
Never before has there been such an abundance of information and the freedom to share with others.