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Novel Writing - Overcoming Writer's Block

By Edited Jun 27, 2016 1 1

There comes a time in an author's life when they just can't deliver the magnificent prose that they need to. Their mind becomes foggy, their imagination goes on strike, and their creativity shuts down completely. They become mentally exhausted and their brain refuses to process any new ideas. The fluency of writing, that they once had, becomes harder the more they try. This is known as the dreaded writer's block.

Writer's block can strike at any time, rendering you powerless to proceed beyond the point of your last cognitive thought, holding you captive to a momentary 'mind freeze'. No matter how hard you try and no matter what you do, you just can't think of anything to write. When this happens don't panic, there are a few remedies that can help you in overcoming writer's block:

Have a break from writing. Try doing some other activity that will help you to relax and take your mind off writing for a while, like walking, reading, listening to music, doing some chores in the home or even just watching your favourite show on television. If you have a selection of books at home, try browsing through them to give you the inspiration you need. This will definitely help you stimulate your creative juices and give you some ideas of the topics you can write about.

If after all that you find overcoming writer's block is still a problem, then perhaps you need to ask yourself why you think there is a mental block. Could it be mental fatigue, lack of self-confidence or could it just be the fact that you've run out of creative ideas? Whatever the reasons, don't beat yourself up about it, just be patient. Try to slow down the pace of your writing and just take a bit more time research and write your novel.

Bear in mind that writing a novel takes time, patience, commitment and lots of discipline. Before you put pen to paper or start typing on your keyboard, why not take one of your favourite novels, read it a couple of times, analyse it and break it down into sections, just to get a feel of how a novel is constructed. Look at each of the chapters individually and write down on a scrap of paper where the climax of the story is; how the story begins and ends. This will significantly help you in overcoming writer's block, as it will give you an idea of the structure of a novel as well as the information and motivation you need to keep going.

There will be days when you write something that doesn't make sense – keep persevering. There will even be days when you simply can't think of anything to write and you just stare blankly at your computer screen – take a short break and start again later. If you are consistent, you'll definitely get there in the end. Set yourself realistic goals - if you are going to write one page a day, then make sure you stick to that. The most importantthing to remember is to have fun on your journey to writing a novel - don't get discouraged and don't give up. Overcoming writer's block is easier than you think.



Feb 11, 2011 6:19pm

Liked your article very much! Have tweeted it on my page of http://www.twitter.com

Thanks for the tips on unblocking!
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