This will be the first in a series of short inspirational guides written by me. I hope you all enjoy.
So, you think you have writer’s block. You’ve been staring at your blank screen or blank sheet of paper for the last hour and you can’t seem to come up with anything good. You start to think that you’ll never be able to start the new chapter or even start the new book. You have no idea what to do and you’re feeling hopeless. Well, look no further. I have a little helpful guide to free you from that awful hole known as writer’s block.
Step One) Identify the problem. Are you having issues with describing the scene or coming up with it? If you’re stuck with what comes next, think of what happened before. Or better yet, go back to your previous chapters, if you have any, and follow the train of the story. That should get your mind thinking about the book again and sparks will start to generate again.
If you don’t know how to describe the scene, just write it in whatever way you can. “But I want it to be perfect.” It’s easier to write first and edit later than to be extremely picky whilst writing. Plus, isn’t it comforting to actually have words down instead of staring at nothing?
Step Two) If that didn’t work, your problem may be due to a lack of planning. You’ll need to review your plot and see if there are any major plot-holes preventing you from moving forward. Also, analyze your characters. Could they benefit from more development? (The answer is always yes. You can never have too much character development.)
Step Three) Get an outside point of view. You’ve tried everything and it’s still not working. This is known as the last resort. Find a good friend or someone you trust and ask them what they think of your story. These questions will be good to ask:
“What do you think of the plot so far?”
“Do my characters seem well-developed?”
“Is there anything you’d want to see more of in the future?”
Hopefully, something in there helped. If not, I’m not sure what else I can recommend other than taking a break from your story and coming back to it later with a fresh mind. It might also help if you think about your characters before you fall asleep and if you end up dreaming about them, keep a notepad near your bed in order to jot down those ideas. Anyways, I wish you all the best of luck in your writing journey. I’m sure you’ll do great.