Beating Writer’s Block

Every writer has writer’s block at one time or another. How can you overcome this?

Step 1: Outline your book.

Some people choose to outline their books and some don’t. An outline can give you a big picture of where you want your book to go. Think of 5 or 6 overall themes and big storylines and begin writing. You can also outline chapters if you’d like. Write a short paragraph or a few bullet points for what you want the chapter to be about and then let your imagination take you the rest of the way.

Step 2. Thought Joggers

A thought jogger is when you write down a list of words and then your brain automatically connects that to other related ideas. For example, if you write the name of a friend, usually you’ll automatically think of their spouse and then their kids. This is a good way to come up with ideas for your book, by writing a list of words first.

Step 3. Think of the craziest ideas and pick one

Write down 10 crazy things that could happen to your main character and then pick the most realistic one. This will help you with your story line if you’re stuck and you don’t know where you book is going next. Many people can come up with the beginning or end of the book, but struggle in the middle.

Step 4: Go for a Walk

A lot of times when if you get stuck in writing, it’s time to just get outside and walk around for 10 or 15 minutes and take yourself away from your novel. This will clear your mind so you can start off fresh again at a later point.

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