Greetings, my dear Stars!
To make this perfectly clear, I despise writer’s block. I hate the feeling that comes with it, and the after effects, too, so today I’m here to help you guys avoid this terribly contagious, airborne illness at all costs. Also, take note that this is how to avoid writer’s block and not how to cure writer’s block.
READ, READ, READ!
Pretty self-explanatory, guys. The thing about this though is that you shouldn’t force yourself to read, and nor should you read something you don’t like or wouldn’t normally read when you feel as though you’re slipping into the clutches of WB. You need to enjoy the experience of reading, and not feel burdened by it. Reading helps inspire you and/or give you general ideas, so you could say that reading is like a vaccination – take the right one and it will help prevent sickness.
DON’T FORCE YOURSELF TO WRITE
Whatever you do, please don’t. I’m begging you. You may need to/want to write every hour of every day, but you need time for yourself. You need time to relax. It can only help your brain from plunging head-first into an overload, and that it something you really don’t want.
WRITE A LITTLE BIT EVERY DAY
Even if you’re only going to write a page, or half a page, or even a poem. It’s good to write every day, mainly so you don’t lose your “rhythm”, style and pace of writing. If you need to skip out on a couple of days because you’re holidaying with your buddies, then don’t stress. But try to write often and consistently.
This sounds totally crazy. I hate exercising. You probably hate exercising. Do it anyway. It’s good for you, and you can only feel better about life in general afterwards.
TAKE A BREAK AND WORK ON SOMETHING ELSE
A lot of the time people can get bored with their own main story, and to prevent that, go and venture out of your comfort zone and write something else. Another short story. A poem. A song. A summary/synopsis of a story. Even an outline (in MindMap version) of your story. Who knows? You might even end up expanding on that or inspiring yourself.
DON’T WRITE TOO MANY THINGS AT ONCE
Don’t go writing seven books at once, now. It’s going to be difficult to do that, and you’ll probably find yourself updating your draft inconsistently and eventually not at all. It can seriously stress you out, too, and stress is a burden nobody needs.
PLAN/OUTLINE YOUR STORY
You know, that one you may or may not have finished outlining? Yeah, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Go and finish your outline. Or outline every day. If you already have your snowflake/outline frame, then great. Go on and add more detail. Even switch things up a little bit. Discover your characters more. You never know what changes/additions you might find yourself loving.
Believe In Yourself
You are the one that makes your writing happen. Only you, and nobody else. You started something; now finish it. When you think of yourself, think potential; you have the potential courage to push forward and finish your book, you have the potential to make it great and you have the potential to be the best writer you can be.
These tips are hopefully going to help you. I’ll be completely honest, they don’t always work with me, but I try. And sometimes they do. Sometimes I’m dreaming up scenes in my head, and sometimes all I want to do is put my pen to paper (uh… put my fingers to the keyboard, that is) and write (type?).
Let me know how it all goes!