By Taylor White
Writing is a love hate relationship for most of us. We get these great ideas for a story which can come to life just my simply pressing a key on the keyboard. Then all the sudden, your mind goes blank. The dreaded writers block. We all get it at some point during the writing process. For some stories we might get more writers block than with other stories. Here are five ways to get rid of that awful writers block:
Try writing in a different way. Somedays I can just sit at the computer and type away and other days when I sit down at the computer I feel no inspiration to write/type. That’s when I switch over to the old pen and paper which usually gets me going again, but if that doesn’t work, maybe try creating a story web and sketch out the basics of your story so you know where you are going.
Write from the perspective of another character. I know this sounds kind of weird because you’ve already written the scene how you like it, but sometimes thinking out of your characters head and in a different characters head can get you thinking more clearly of how you are going to progress your story.
Have something completely out of the ordinary happen to your main character(s). I learned this one at the Teen Writers Conference a couple years ago from Lisa Mangum. She said, “Let your character get eaten by a purple elephant.” I think that was some very good advice. Maybe you got stuck on a part of your story where your character is walking down some creepy hallway but you’re not sure what’s going to happen to them. Have something completely random happen to them like maybe they fall into a bath of Jell-O or get into a bread duel with some evil baker. Get creative with this! It’s supposed to help your creative juices get flowing again!
Ask a friend. Last time I got stuck, I asked a friend of mine what they thought. So I told him the basics of my story and my dilemma. Even though some of his ideas were super silly and had almost nothing to do with what I was wanting to write, he did have some good ideas that I was able to branch off of to keep writing. Friends are always a useful tool!
READ. I think this one’s pretty self-explanatory. All of us have heard that if you want to become a better writer read, then read some more, and then when you think you’re done keep reading. Reading is one of the number one ways to help you’re writing techniques and ideas to keep expanding.
I know there are times when you are just done. Done trying to write, done trying to remember every little detail of your story, and done trying to break through that darn writers block. I’ve been there, and so have a lot of you. But you keep writing anyways because that’s what’s you’re meant to do, you are a writer at heart and you know that your book(s) and ideas could change others’ lives and your own life as well.