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Getting Through A Writing Block

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Can you tell that’s gonna be my new catchphrase? Anyway, on to the article. 

You’ve been writing consistently for a while now when suddenly, you open up your chosen writing tool and the words stare back at you laughing because your mind is blank. 

Where did the words go? How do you get them back? 

FIGURE OUT THE PROBLEM

First of all, you have to figure out what the problem is. Are the words hitting a little too close to home? Has something in your life taken over and drained you? Are you heading in the right direction, so resistance is trying to thwart you? Are you burnt out and need a recharge? It could be any of these and more. Figure out what is stalling the words and tackle that. 

WHAT TO DO?

If the words are hitting a little too close to home, you’ll have to do some soul searching and personal reflection to work through the block. Working on yourself will not only make you a better, stronger person, but it will also strengthen your writing. If you aren’t ready to face whatever it is, either work on something else or rewrite the story so you won’t have to face whatever it is.

If something in your life has taken over and drained you or you are experiencing burn out, it’s time to take a break from writing and do some self care. You can get some ideas from my article “How To Get Your Creativity Back On Track.”

If you’re getting resistance because your on the right track, it’s time to push through. Brainstorm, make promises to yourself, and keep yourself accountable. If it helps, ask friends or family to check in with you to make sure you were writing on the days you said you would. 

Whatever it is, you can keep yourself writing by journaling about your day and thoughts. It’s a good practice to have, even if it’s just a couple of lines like, I went to the grocery store today. Got chicken to make orange chicken for dinner and other assorted sale items. Grandma and I went out to lunch and had a great time. It felt good to get out of the house, but as soon as I was back it was back to reality and mental health issues. Even if it’s that short, or shorter, just recording the events of your day can be a good practice that can help you get through blocks in the future. 

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NaNoWriMo Slump Survival Tips

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It’s the third week of National Novel Writing Month. Writers around the world are thousands of words behind on reaching their goal of writing 50,000 words in 30 days. Muses everywhere have gone on vacation and left no notice of when they will return. The NaNoWriMo slump is here.

How do we survive the slump week of NaNo? Here are some tips to get writing again.

Make a Catch-Up Plan

If you are thousands of words behind, it doesn’t help to try and catch up in one day. That’s an easy way to feel overwhelmed and discouraged. Instead, pull out those calculators and figure out how many extra words you need to write per day to catch up by November 30th. Aim for that new goal every day.

Write Out of Order

Did your manuscript hit a wall? Do you not know what to write next? Did you write yourself into a corner? The easiest solution is to write out of order. Write the scene that happens later in the book. You know, the one you’ve been dying to write. Work your way backward from there. Or, rewrite the novel starting from the scene where you last felt inspired and create a new sequence of events. If you don’t know what to write next, spend some time reading through what you have, but don’t edit. This may help you figure out where to go next.

Be a Rebel

You can count anything towards the 50,000-word goal. I have counted journal entries, notes I’ve taken from articles or videos on writing craft, and this article. You can count grocery lists, homework, or social media posts if you want. It’s up to you. Make sure to type these up in a word document so you can verify your word count. You could also work on several different projects if writing out of order doesn’t help bring your muse back from his or her sudden vacation.

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