What are your tips for dealing with writer’s block? That’s definitely my biggest fear/frustration.
This question came in a recent post about writing, and I wanted to share some thoughts.
- Pray. Yes, pray. I stop trying to write and pray. The Lord is the Author of creativity, and He knows exactly what the story needs! I’ve often found that praying gets me back on the right track.
- Leave the computer, and go do something. Even in the midst of tight deadlines, it’s okay to leave your writing for a few hours. Go take a walk, bake something, eat chocolate (ha, I do that regardless of writer’s block!), go run an errand, whatever. That break often gives the needed energy and drive to get back to writing.
- Ask others. It’s a common practice in writing circles to have critique partners. I’m so blessed because critique partners live right here! If I’m stuck, I talk through it with a family member. Seriously, sometimes in less than a minute, they’ll have the idea needed to move my story forward. Or, just talking through the scene gives me a fresh idea.
- Move on. If the first 3 points don’t work, I’ll simply skip the section I’m having trouble with and come back to it later. Eventually, I get it!
As tough as writer’s block is, it shows me my continual dependence upon Jesus. This story is not my own. It’s His.
For those who write, please share your best tips on overcoming writer’s block in the comment box below to encourage others! I can’t wait to hear them.
“Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book,
that it may be for the time to come
for ever and ever:”