Today is a good day. Dawn Colclasure is here to help us with the bane of a writer’s existence. The dreaded foe we must battle daily. Writer’s Block. Argh… Here is Dawn.
As a writer juggling many projects, it seems I never have the time for writer’s block. There’s always something to write, always something to work on. But not every writer can juggle multiple WIPs. In fact, a lot of writers I know struggle with just one. The biggest obstacle in finishing what they start writing? Writer’s block!
But guess what? There’s a way to beat writer’s block – in fact, I have 10 surefire ways that keep writer’s block from messing things up for me. See the list of ten tips below and use any or all of them to keep writer’s block from ruining your day.
1. Have a lot of irons in the fire
True, not every writer can work on multiple projects at once, but if you manage your WIPs effectively, you can do it without stress or forgetfulness. You can edit or revise one short story and write another one. Or, you can write a poem in the morning and work on your article at night. The point is to keep the work going.
2. Read – a lot
Writers are encouraged to read everything they can, and this is helpful to keep up-to-date on what’s out there. But a bigger plus? You get ideas for things to write! So many times a newspaper article or a scene in a novel have made me start furiously scribbling away. It can either be a reaction to something you’ve read, an idea for a story or even a blog post.
3. Keep a journal
There is absolutely nothing wrong or childish about keeping a journal. Your journal can be any kind of journal you’d like – a dream journal, prayer journal, idea journal, etc. – and it does not have to be shared. By keeping a journal you write in daily, that will keep you writing daily.
4. Get a book of writing prompts – and use them!
Got an itch to write but can’t think of anything to write? Thankfully, there are books containing writing prompts. My own writing book, 365 Tips for Writers, contains several “Beat the Block” writing prompts. This can get you writing and make writer’s block die a slow and painful death.
Freewriting is often the advice given to writers struggling with writer’s block, but believe me, it works. Many times I’d just randomly write down words on a page when, BOOM! An idea struck for something else to write! Write down items in one group (such as fruit), names of people you know, what you’ve been doing so far today, etc. It’s a great way to give your muse a nudge and inspire ideas!
Even if you’re not up to any writing, start writing anyway. Don’t let writer’s block ruin it for you! Grab a pen or sit at the desk and start writing!
Thanks for sharing that Dawn! You gave us some GREAT advice that I’m sure will help new writers who are locked in the continuous battle is the nemesis called Writer’s Block.
Title: Shadow Of Samhain
Author: Dawn Colclasure
Genre: Dark Fantasy, New Adult
Publisher: Gypsy Shadow Publishing
Formats Available In: All eBook formats and Print
Release Date: October 2013
Who is Jonathan, a man haunting Malissa Ratham’s dreams? What sort of secrets from his past does he try to keep buried? Everybody says the dreams are only dreams and nothing more. But soon Malissa starts acting strangely, knowing about ancient Druidic rituals and a history too mysterious to unearth. With the help of Jovin, an ancient Druidic spirit on a mission to stop Jonathan from his path of death and destruction, and Tessie Malkin, a psychic with an advantage over Jonathan’s power, Malissa must owe up to her past and walk between worlds to destroy an ancient curse…
…before it is too late
Dawn Colclasure is a writer who lives in Oregon. Her articles, essays, poems and short stories have appeared in several newspapers, anthologies, magazines and E-zines. She is the author of fourteen books, among them BURNING THE MIDNIGHT OIL: How We Survive as Writing Parents; 365 TIPS FOR WRITERS: Inspiration, Writing Prompts and Beat The Block Tips to Turbo Charge Your Creativity; Love is Like a Rainbow: Poems of Love and Devotion and the children’s book The Yellow Rose. She is co-author of the book Totally Scared: The Complete Book on Haunted Houses. Her novel, Shadow of Samhain, was just published by Gypsy Shadow Publishing. Visit her website at: http://dmcwriter.tripod.com/