Good Morning, fellow authors and readers.
It’s twenty-six degrees–in Fahrenheit–here in this part of New York, and we are under a Lake Effect Snow Warning. I am not too worried, however. The snow bands usually miss us. The result? My daughter will be disappointed that there is no school.
I am not too worried, however. The snow bands usually miss us. The result? My daughter will be disappointed that she has school. When it does snow, I’m glad. I’ll have beautiful scenery outside my living room.
Who is more to be pited, a writer bound and gagged by a policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say? –Kurt Vonnegut
I think that writer’s block happens when you are not confident in yourself or perhaps the story. There are several reasons that this might occur. If you get several “bad” reviews in a row or you just don’t know what happens next in your novel. During those times, your self-confidence goes down, and as a result, your thoughts will create a block.
As I said in answer to a Goodreads’ question, a writer will have to push through the block. What does that mean? Simply put. A writer should not give up on that part of the manuscript.
Write a sentence.
When a writer is stuck on a scene, they should write down something. There are quite a few times that the first sentence will inspire the author, allowing him or her to continue with the work.
Take notes on the scene.
Alright, so a writer tried to write that first sentence, and the words are still not coming to him or her? If this is the case, continue to work on the scene, but instead of writing a sentence, take notes. For example, in the upcoming short story: Naked Desire, there is a scene where Anthony and Kelly are fighting. If I had to take notes, I would start with why are the fighting? Then, I would go on from there as just thinking about the situation and placing the notes in a program or on paper will allow me to work on the novel still.
I tend to not subscribe to the belief if you write something then you are helping your writing block. Inspiration will not just come to most writers. Like a crop of plants, it has to be nurtured.
If a writer only sits back and waits, the manuscript will likely not be worked on. In a profession that regularly has deadlines, this could be the death sentence to the short story or novel.
I’m curious. How do you deal with writer’s block? Answer in the comments below.
I hope that everyone has a wonderful week. If you live in an area where it is snowing, keep warm.
Love and Light.