Stop me if you've heard this one before:
You're sitting down to write, staring at the white page, wishing more than anything to fill it up with story. But no matter how much you try to will your fingers to type, the words just aren't coming.
Or perhaps you're doing everything in your power to avoid going even that far. The dishes need to be cleaned, the living room's a mess, and you should probably do your laundry. Anything to avoid sitting down and pushing out a story that is lodged somewhere in your head and refuses to come out.
Welcome to writer's block, the most notorious villain facing all authors.
If you've clicked on this blog post, you've probably struggled with this nebulous fiend before. Or perhaps you're currently caught in its clutches, trying to find a way to move past it so you can actually finish writing your book. In which case, I can try to help you.
What is Writer's Block?
This might seem like a stupid question, but it's worth clarifying: what is writer's block?
The official definition is "the condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing." Basically, no matter how much you may want to write, something in your brain is stopping you from actually doing it.
There are two basic types: traditional writer's block and project block.
Project block happens when you're stuck on one particular story or project. You've started writing it, possibly even have an outline, but now you're halfway through and...you're stuck. This one is responsible for all the unfinished projects cluttering up your desktop and filling your drawers.
Traditional writer's block is when you can't write at all. Maybe you thought you had project block and decided to take a break from one story to work on another before going back, but the words aren't coming there, either.
Sometimes, writer's/project block is a sign of burn-out. If you've been cranking out two thousand words every day for the last month, then for Christ's sake, take a day off. Go to the beach, spend some time with friends, do whatever you need to recharge. Writing is like any job: sometimes, you just need a break.
Of course, if you've already tried that and the block is still there, then that's a whole other issue. Which is probably why you're here.
Every author handles writer's block differently. I'm going to show you some ways that I, personally, push past it. I cannot guarantee that they'll work for you, but it's worth a shot.
How to Conquer Writer's Block: 7 Tips
The first Dragons, Zombies and Aliens blog was started in 2015. Somewhere between college coursework, paying rent with door-to-door sales, and keeping up with my sorority sisters, I wrote reviews, rants and commentaries on books, TV shows, and movies. Now, this blog has moved, improved, and the sky's the limit!