Suddenly doubt sets in. What was it that made you think you could write? Just why is it that writing these stories down seemed so all-fired important? I’m not a writer, you tell yourself. This is nuts! Then it dawns on you. This is the fabled writer’s block. You have the dread disease before you’ve even begun writing.
Writer’s block can occur at any point in a project from the very beginning to the last phases of editing. Fortunately the affliction is not fatal. Some suggestions for overcoming writers block follow. Think of the items on the list as if they are written on folded scraps of paper inside a jar, rather than a ladder to be climbed. There is no order to the list, so use whichever one seems right for your situation.
- Write a letter
- Use scrap paper
- Move around
- Turn on music
- Take a shower
- Write about your writer’s block
- Have a chat with your inner critic
- Go back to your resource material
- Write about what you would write if your words weren’t stuck
- Wrote about why it’s hard for you to write this story
Sharon Lippincott, aka Ritergal