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“Plumbers don’t get plumber’s block, and doctors don’t get doctor’s block; why should writers be the only profession that gives a special name to the difficulty of working, and then expects sympathy for it?” Philip Pullman
Writer’s block is a miserable feeling. Put simply, the ideas dry up to the point where writing becomes painful. But, instead of staring at a blank screen, there are practical things we can do to unblock our thoughts and get the ideas flowing again.
1. Writing your way out. Either by plowing relentlessly on with the current work, or turning briefly to a new project.
2. Do something else. Go for a walk. Mow the lawn. Bath the dog. Forget about writing for a while.
3. Switch off from the internet and other distractions. Give your brain a break.
4. Write backwards. Focus on the happy ending instead of getting bogged down in the middle.
5. Record yourself as you read out loud. Remind yourself what you love about this book.
6. Write the juicy bits. Come back and fill in the rest later.
7. Change your environment. Find a new place to write.
8. Raise the stakes. Make an announcement about your deadline. Once other people are invested, you have to up your game.
9. Set yourself targets and give yourself rewards.
10. Don’t use stimulants while writing. Avoid alcohol, coffee, chocolate etc. Save them until you’ve reached your daily goals.
These are just a few ideas. Some you may love, others you may hate. Either way, I’d love to hear what you think, or find out if you have anything to add to my list.
Colton and the Single Mom (The Coltons of Red Ridge)
This Colton cop falls for a ready-made family
A Coltons of Red Ridge story
A serial killer is on the loose, and true-crime filmmaker Esmée da Costa is on the case. K-9 cop Brayden Colton, the prime suspect’s half brother, works hard to stop her prying, but sparks fly as he falls for Esmée and her son. When Esmée and Brayden’s little family comes under siege, can they save all they love?
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