I like to pretend that writers’ block doesn’t exist. I say that we writers are so intelligent that we’ve designed out own disease. The honest truth is that something sure happened to me this week. I’m trying to switch genres by writing a romance. I had the story in my mind, but this week I couldn’t get started.
I try to produce some new writing for every meeting of my critique group. We meet every two weeks and our next meeting is May 7.
As usual, I review the very things I teach:
- Use webbing (done that)
- Sit down and just write, no stopping (sort of did that)
- Stop in the middle of the action. (I’m going to do that at the end of today’s session. Then it will be easier to start the next day)
- The ‘get tough’ approach. My doctor doesn’t get ‘doctor’ block. (That’s me. Reminding myself of this usually works for me.
- Rewrite your last few pages. (did that)
- Edit someone else’s work. (I’m always doing that. It works…usually)
- Mellow out. Go with the flow. Take a walk, relax with music for a while. Writing is hard work. Take a break (that’s not me)
So I applied the ‘get tough’ approach and it worked. I started and finished the chapter in one setting, but now I have to edit it.
What is your answer for writers’ block?