Writer’s Block Anyone??

16 Jan

I’m losing my mind … practically pulling out my hair. It’s 1:20 in the morning and I’m still staring at this computer.

Why? My brain won’t work to put together a clear image of the plot of my hopeful new novel. What’s a girl to do?

We’ve all had it. We’ve read about it. Heard about it. We’ve witnessed it in the eyes of other authors and experienced it in their facebook updates.

Writer’s block !

Now, I’m certainly no Karen Kingsbury when it comes to the speed of spitting out a novel beginning to end. Are any of us? That woman can whip one up in as little as seven days … so I’ve read.

I’m not like some others either . “Margaret Mitchell wrote and published Gone with the Wind in 10 years.

Audrey Niffenegger began writing The Time Traveler’s Wife in 1997. She finished in 2001, but it took another two years of searching for an agent and publisher before the finished product was in her hands. From idea to publication: 7 years.” (Wavy Lines Blog Nov 19, 2010).
But what’s a girl to do when the words just won’t surface? When the block can’t be lifted and nothing seems to work to tug on the muse and get the characters in line? What do YOU do when you’re staring at a blank screen to no avail? Any tips? Crazy antidotes?
Hmmm… guess I’ll eat a bowl of sugar smacks and go to bed. Better luck tomorrow.

Posted by on January 16, 2011 in encouragement


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4 responses to “Writer’s Block Anyone??

  1. Viviane Brentanos

    January 16, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    My advice to you is…stop fretting. I have learned from experience when you are ready to write, the words will flow. I know its fashionable to churn out novels but I prefer to take my own time. You do what’s best for you. Hve you tried writing long hand? I can never write straight to pc. I get too bogged down in formatting and spellcheck.


  2. Terri Dryden

    January 16, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    I know exactly what you mean!!! I get too many things on my mind at one time, then don’t know where to start!!! Most of the time that means nothing gets done…I need to start writing down what my goals for each day would be then follow it!! hehehe (laughing so hard!!!).

    Anyway, like you always tell me, “It will come”!!!

  3. kayspringsteen

    January 16, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    I have blocks from time to time, and often they are there because my inner storyteller or my characters are trying to tell me something. I tend to have a loose plot before I start writing, and that may or may not change as I go along. I have a tendency to somewhere between the middle of the story and not quite to the point of no return and everything starts to seem plastic and flat. A friend calls this the “muddle in the middle.” What I do at that point, is take a strong look at what I’ve done so far, work on further characterization, take a closer look at the ending. The one thing I don’t do is worry too much about progressing or even trying to figure out what’s off. I kind of run on instinct.

  4. Pamela

    January 16, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Actually, I haven’t had anything I would consider a ‘block’. Do I have moments when the particular scene I ‘want’ won’t come? Certainly. But I am not blocked. I can go to another scene, work on another story or an article. There is always something begging to be written. And when you quit obsessing over that single contrary moment in your story…it comes looking for you. 🙂

    So write on!


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