I have been staring at the computer screen for nearly an hour trying to find the words to say. Blogging used to be easy. A thought came to me, I wrote it down, hit the Publish button and it was done.
Lately, however, I find my mind wandering. Not the kind of wandering that one needs to panic and see a doctor about; just the every day lack of concentration. I stare out the window and think about all the things I could be writing about, yet when it comes to writing them, the thoughts are all gone. Sometimes they come back – usually in the middle of the night when I’m too tired to get up and go to the computer. Sometimes it’s gone forever (this usually happens with the really good ideas).
My husband tells me that it’s a sign to slow down and enjoy life more. Maybe he’s right. I worked on my latest novel – Before the Applause – every spare moment I had, all the while working an average of fifty hours a week.
So I ask you, gentle readers, how do you cope with your writer’s block?
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Do you have a favorite writing book? One that has made you the writer you are today? One that you could not live without?
I have read quite a few books on the subject of fiction writing when I decided to publish my first novel and, frankly, they didn’t really help me. In fact, not only did the books not help me but they confused me. First, the things the books said to do were mostly common sense. Things that a good writer should already know. Second, a lot of the way you write and how you process things is a personal choice.
There are, no doubt, people who take what these books say to heart and write exactly as they are instructed to do. If you need this sort of direction – go for it. In my opinion, however, no book is going to help you develop your own personal voice and style. The only thing that is going to help to write is to write. A lot. Start a blog, or a journal, just anything that has to do with writing. Pay attention to details and descriptions. These will prove to be highly important in the future. Anytime something pops into your head jot it down. Carry a pencil and paper with you where ever you go. You know nothing gets the creative juices flowing like a freshly sharpened pencil and a blank piece of paper.
Go now, gentle reader, write and be productive.