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I have recently come out to all my friends as a writer. It was a part of me that I had kept hidden for many years because I find that people offend use what you love the most against you. But I also realized something else this past year. I am a good writer and many others often ask me for advice. I want to share my knowledge of writing with those who could use a little guidance. Of course, I definitely don’t know it all, but I find that I can still help others. A question I recently got was how I avoid writer’s block.
Writer’s block is something that has never really plagued me, but I know it affects many others. So I asked myself how is it that I don’t seem to be affected by writer’s block all that often. I realized that there are many different things I do that help me stay on top of my writing. So here are a few tips for you if you find yourself struggling with writer’s block.
I always take notes when I am writing a story. I usually have thoughts that come to be throughout the day. Most of the time I would prefer to get to work on my story the moment a thought hits me, but sometimes I just can’t. In those cases, I pull out my phone and take down notes on my thoughts. This will give me something to draw on later if I get stuck.
I also take notes when I think of alternative ways the story can go. This allows me a chance to take the story somewhere else if I get stuck. Often times my characters develop on their own and the ending I had in mind doesn’t always work out. I use my notes when this happens.
This is the most important thing for me to remember. If I write too much in one day I will get burnt out and not want to write again for a period of time. Instead, I have found the right amount of words for me to write every day so that I continue to want to write. For me, that number is two thousand words a day. This gives me an hour of writing. If I write any more I find my mind starts to tire and the story suffers.
If you are writing a novel, it can take months to finish. Don’t race to the end. Instead, take a break (or even a few) to allow yourself to rest. This will allow your mind to take a break and begin to look at the story from a new light. Don’t be in a hurry to get to the end. Some of the best novels took years to write.
Tell The Story To Yourself
If you find yourself really stuck, begin to tell the story to yourself. This will allow your brain to wonder and think about how you really want it to go. Sometimes looking at a computer screen all day can really start to mess with our minds. Instead, you should lay in bed and think about how you want your characters to go through the story. Once you are done, take notes.
Writer’s block is something that every writer will experience at least once. Most of the time it can be from having too many ideas instead of not enough. Taking time to organize your thoughts can go a long way in getting you back on track.