Writing Tip #4: Try This to Avoid Writer’s Block

Having problems with writer’s block? Maybe this will help. Someone once said, “Finish the day’s writing when you still want to continue.” While I’m not sure where I heard this, I think it’s great advice. Writers tend to write until they can’t write anymore, but that can make it difficult to start again the next day. If you stop writing in the middle of a scene or chapter, your mind will continue to work on it while you aren’t writing. Then, the next time you plant yourself in front of the computer, you won’t have to wonder what you should write. You’ll know where you left off and where you wanted to go with the scene, so you can get right down to business.

Another way to look at this is to compare it to reading. If you stop reading in the middle of a scene, or if you read the end of a chapter, but the author left a nice hook to entice you to read further, you’ll be tempted to continue reading. Let’s say that’s not possible, because you actually have to get at least a couple hours of sleep, or you need to get to work. What’s going to happen? You’ll look forward to grabbing that book and picking up where you left off. Your mind will wander to the story, trying to anticipate what will happen next. The same thing occurs when you stop writing before you reach the end of a scene or chapter.

This is one of the best ways to beat writer’s block, because you already have a place to start before you put your fingers to the keyboard.

Have you tried this method? Does it work for you? How do you avoid writer’s block?

Lynnette Labelle

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