It happens to all of us. There comes a point where the writing just doesn’t want to hit the page. It may be a long break that you can’t get back into the groove, it could be character issues or a plot point you can’t over come. You may just be defeated after receiving a rejection on one work, and you can’t bring yourself to write the next work.
One of the big obstacles can be the internal editor. As you write, you may be moving at a snail’s pace because you’re revising as you go too much. First drafts will include work that gets trashed. It may need revisions only, but first drafts are exactly that, you getting your idea written down for revisions. Do not focus on making your first draft sing with mastered prose. The likelihood of you accomplishing that goal is unlikely. Move forward and get that first draft done.
Another one of the most common writer’s block is fatigue. The mind rewards itself when you accomplish something that was difficult. It releases chemicals to tell you to take a break. So what happens if you work tirelessly at your job and come home to clean and cook? Your mind will actually tell you to reward itself for the job well done. It may be that you have to do meditation or refocus your method of reward delivery, both in literal sense but refocusing the mind to think of reward in a different manner.
Check back in tomorrow for five exercises to overcome writer’s block. Do you have one that works for you in particular to overcome writer’s block? Chime in with the comments section. The conversation’s always live on Twitter @ThomasAFowler, use the hash-tag #WritersConquest. As always, keep checking my official website for the latest updates. Thanks so much for taking on the Writer’s Conquest.
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