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How to get over writer’s block

So, you have writer's block! At WTTB, we want to help make your dreams of completing your book a reality. Read now to find out how to get over writer’s block.

It doesn’t matter if you’re an internationally renowned author with bestsellers galore to your name or you a fledgling writer trying to get your ideas down on paper – writer’s block can happen to the best of everyone.

It’s something that has terrified generations of wordsmiths, that feeling that the creative juices have dried up and they simply don’t know what to write.

If it’s any comfort then it’s something that has happened to countless authors during their careers so if you’re just starting off, don’t beat yourself up if you find that you just can’t seem to get the words to flow.

If you are suffering from writer’s block, then you’re in good company – as everyone from J K Rowling to Leo Tolstoy has gone through periods of the condition during their careers.

The famous Harry Potter creator, who has penned the best-selling books in history and is worth a staggering £196m, hit the creative skids in 2008 because of the stress of a legal battle over an unauthorised publication featuring her famous character.

Once the situation was resolved the block disappeared and she was able to continue with her prolific writing.

The good news however is that if you do find yourself in this situation, there is action you can take to get you back on track.

What is causing your writer’s block?

Discovering the cause of a problem is often the route to curing it and this is definitely the case when trying to deal with writer’s block.

Are you putting yourself under too much stress? Are you having a crisis of confidence about your ability? Am I too distracted by everything else going on in my life?

It’s worth spending a bit of time looking at possible reasons why you feel you can’t write – and then look at possible solutions. Check out our top tips for getting over writer’s block below!

Tip one: Give yourself permission to make mistakes

The need for perfectionism is a recognised trait of writers at all levels, but once you go down the slippery slope towards self-doubt it’s a hard journey back.

Give yourself permission for your first draft to be full of mistakes and errors, you can always go back and tweak and amend. It’s much easier to improve when you’ve got something concrete to work from so don’t go over and over the same ideas – get it down first and then start to edit.

Tip two: Create backstories for your characters

If you’ve started off with a clear idea but you’ve lost the thread, then take a step back. Perhaps look at it from the perspective of another character to see where you can tidy the narrative up.

Why not create a detailed backstory of one or more of the characters? It doesn’t need to be included in the novel but it might help motivate you and stimulate those creative juices.

Tip three: Implement a daily routine

If part of the problem is that you just don’t make the time to sit down and write, then you need to build it into part of your daily routine. Set aside a particular amount of time – it can be as little as 30 minutes initially – but commit to writing for that period.

Then you can start building on that short time period, so it becomes part of your day – and before you know it, it’s bye-bye writer’s block!

Tip four: Take inspiration from others

Take time to think about what made you want to write in the first place and take inspiration from your favourite authors and think about why you like them.

Are there any techniques or devices that they use that you can adapt to your work, or perhaps their style is something you can relate to and can emulate?

Tip five: Take a break away from your desk

If you’re truly stuck, then it might just be worth parking your work temporarily and doing something else. Go for a walk, watch some tv, do something else creative such as bake a cake – take the pressure off yourself and you may find inspiration follows right behind.

Will my writer’s block ever go?

Yes it will, but the solution is also very much in your own hands. Don’t get too hung up on the fact you’re having a temporary blip otherwise it will continue to feed on itself and make it even more difficult to get back in the writing rhythm.

Be true to yourself and look at every possible reason that you can’t move forward and then look at ways to deal with them.

The trick is not to force it as this will do you more harm than good. Give yourself a break, take a deep breath, recognise nothing lasts forever and regroup.

For more tips when it comes to writing your own book, check out ourblogwhere you will find helpdesigning your book cover, choosing a book type or even how to print and publish your book.

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