Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Share The Knowledge Series - The dreaded "writer's block"

This week, while I am taking a quick break with the family, I am calling on the authors to work together with each other. During the SHARE THE KNOWLEDGE SERIES we will focus on a single issue each day and share how individual authors deal with some of those troubling issues in writing and publishing. Hopefully each day authors will be able to walk away with a new approach to writing, while at the same time, sharing with others things that have helped them in the past.

It is my hope that both published and unpublished authors help out! You know the success you get when you provide suggestions and get feedback from your critique groups. Now we are doing it on a larger scale.

The topic for today is:

We all face it. It happens to everyone. It is those moments when the computer screen taunts you, the deadline looms and you don't know what to do next. How do you get over the dreaded "writer's block?" How do you prevent it from happening?


  1. For me, writer's block is a sure sign that I don't know enough about the story. I've never had a block(so far) that I haven't been able to overcome by digging into my story and figuring out what is confusing me, what the problem is, or what information I didn't know about the characters. The solution can be as simple as framing the question in actual words rather than letting it linger as a nebulous idea of what I need to do.

    Also, I can't fix writer's block while in front of the computer. It's strictly a pen and paper situation for me.

  2. I agree with Amalie. Writer's block usually means I have more work to do, behind-the-scenes kind of work.

    Sometimes it helps to change up the POV character, or try writing a scene/chapter the opposite way I originally planned it. If anything, it gets my brainstorming juices flowing.