How To Overcome Writer’s Block – And Finish Writing That Chapter
As our Acting Features Director, Corinne Redfern, embarks on the fifth week of her quest to write her first novel, she discovers how to feel inspired every day of the week…
As part of my attempt to do something more productive with my life than watching episodes of The Good Wife back-to-back on Netflix, I’m working on my first ever novel (with the help of Windows 10).
So far, it’s going well. I’ve mastered the basics of Young Adult fiction, and I’ve even started looking for literary agents. But you know that feeling when you’ve been staring at your computer screen for five hours, and have managed to write all of five words? This week, that’s my life. It’s less writer’s block, more writer-refreshing-social-media nonstop. And it’s doing my head in.
So I’ve researched the five foolproof tips for getting over it.
STOP WRITING CHRONOLOGICALLY
Chapter not quite going to plan? Time to stop screwing up your forehead skin and lower your eyebrows – just try writing a different chapter instead. It doesn’t matter if it’s the next chapter you’re about to get to, the final chapter of the entire book, or just 2000 words of filler about That Time Your Protagonist Went To The Shops. As long as it gets you typing again.
Realistically speaking, this might be a technique that works best for authors who favour the planning-every-single-element-of-their-book-in-advance technique, but either way, it’s a pretty foolproof means of hitting your word count. (After all, nobody said the words had to be in the right order, did they?)
FINISH HALFWAY THROUGH THAT SENTENCE
Channel your inner Hemingway, and book a train to Paris, then start leaving your sentences unfinished. Or don’t book the train. Either way, you need to ditch the full stops, and cut short your writing before you get to the end of that paragraph.
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