The dreaded block

I was so energized and had loads of ideas, a well formed plan and fingers ready to type up everything that was popping into my head. However I seem to have got to 4,000 words and got stuck. The thing is the story is there, it’s playing out in my mind like a little movie, the characters are mostly formed and the plot is mapped out, I just can’t get the words down.

 

I knew that this was a possibility but I thought I would get a little further along in the story before I had a block. So with my NaNoWriMo page telling me that if I don’t get a move on I will finish in April 2017, I had a little look to see what other people suggested for overcoming such troubles. Here is some advice from a variety of sources…

  • Go for a walk
  • Read a book
  • Play games
  • Write away from distractions
  • Try writing at a different time of day
  • Try free-writing and don’t worry about grammar
  • Start writing a different part of the story
  • Reward yourself
  • Set a timer
  • Write something else and then go back to your story

 

So as you can tell I have written this post with the hopes that it will kick start me back into the swing of writing, I have also decided to give myself two hours (since I have no other distractions) and if I get over 3,000 words then I am allowed to eat the large bag of chocolate buttons I have in my possession. I have even given them to someone else to hide so that I can’t just eat them anyway. Motivation at it’s best.

 

I’m also going to share with you these points on how to not overcome writers block that I found at this website because this is pretty much everything I have been doing and it made me giggle…

here are some anti-solutions to this problem:

  • You do not overcome writer’s block by refusing to write until you feel “inspired.”
  • You do not overcome writer’s block by wallowing in self-pity.
  • You do not overcome writer’s block by procrastinating or making excuses.
  • You do not overcome writer’s block by watching TV.
  • You do not overcome writer’s block by reading articles on how to overcome writer’s block. (Kinda shot myself in the foot there, huh?)

 

Has anyone else been sufferring the block? Or does anyone have any other fun bits of advice for me?

4 thoughts on “The dreaded block

  1. Sit and write anything, your story, your shopping list just write it doesn’t matter whatever you write in the next hour aim to throw it away. No distractions. You have to stop aiming to write a set amount of words, that just puts pressure on you. So write anything that comes into your head then throw it away. I find that gets me back in a writing frame of mind and I can move on. Good Luck

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