A few days ago, I asked an author friend of mine about the posts he likes to read. Aside from How To Sell 10 Million Books In One Day, he gave me the following topics:
- how to beat writers block?
- how to self-edit?
- how to network with other writers?
- how to not get down when things are frustrating?
I’m going to dedicate a post to each topic, starting with:
How To Beat Writer’s Block
The answer to this is actually very simple.
The only person blocking you from writing is you. Just because you can’t write what you want to write doesn’t mean you can’t write.
The beautiful thing about writing is that it doesn’t happen live. No one is reading what you write as you’re writing it. Stop trying to impress yourself, and trust in the power of the “Delete” key.
Nothing we pick up off the book shelf is ever written. It’s rewritten. Perfection only comes through the editing process, not the writing process.
To push through your stupor of thought, all you have to do is write. Write something. You can always go back and edit. Write the first thing that comes to your mind whether it makes sense or not. Go all stream-of-consciousness on your keyboard and you may be surprised at what “brain babies” you pop out.
That’s how my novelette The Tale of Nottingswood was born. I knew I needed to write, but I didn’t know what to write. So I just put my inner-editor on paid leave and just wrote whatever spilled out of my head. Magic happened.
How do you beat writer’s block?
Put away the editor; unleash the creator.
What tricks do you use for beating the writer’s block goblin?
Read the first 28 pages of JR’s latest novelette, The Tale of Nottingswood, for free by visiting Nottingswood.com. Available now in print, or pre-order the eBook for a discount on iBooks, Nook, or Kobo.