Tactical Tuesday~Overcoming Writer's Block
"Writer's block is going to happen to you. You will read what little you've written lately and see with absolute clarity that it is total dog shit. A blissfully productive manic stage may come to a screeching halt, and all of a sudden you realize you're Wile E. Coyote and you've run off the cliff and are a second away from having to look down."Boy, that's true. Writer's block can be paralyzing. Untreated, it can lead to frustation, panic, self-hatred, even self-destruction. Look at me, am I smiling? No. I am dead serious. But fortunately, others have walked this road before you. So please welcome Flusters McKnucklesby as he spurs us on to tackle the ever-dreaded Writer's Block.
The Second-Novel Slump
Everyone Finding Out You're a Big Fat Fraud
What Mom/Dad/The Ex/The Spouse/Aunt Ethel Will Think
Not Being Original
Not Creating Anything
Traumatic or Depressing World Events
All the Fears Listed Above
Each Progressing Day of the Writer's Block
The library/AlphaSmart strategy may not work for you. Po Bronson wrote the full draft of Bombardiers locked in a closet listening to R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" over, and over, and OVER again.
But hey... in the throes of Writer's Block, anything's worth a try.
You could also try writing in longhand instead of the computer, or vice versa. Try a new pen in an interesting shade, or odd colored paper. Try dictating into a tape recorder. Instead of using your word processor, compose an email addressed to a friend... then mail it to yourself instead!
Work on a different project. If you've got a novel going... set it aside and try a short story or a poem. What you find may be the key to unlock the "blocked" part of your novel.
That day he went home and wrote the scene in which one of the characters opens a closet and sets off a bomb that indeed kills many of the major characters. Once he'd done this, King was able to write to the end.
Of course, you don't need to blow up your characters... your mileage may vary depending upon the type of book you're writing. But the unexpected or drastic twist may be just what you need to jumpstart your writing again.
Have a wonderful Tuesday, everyone! May your day be writer's-block-free!