Here is the second part of the feature on Breaking Through that we started last Thursday. Great thanks to Radiant Renee Stevens for her compilation of this, as well as to podiumdavis for giving us the idea to do this kind of format in the first place. Enjoy!
Breaking Through: Part 2
So, after the success of the tip suggested by podiumdavis, I decided to take another question to the authors on the site! We had a great response and once again I have to break the responses up into two parts! The question I asked was: How do you get past "Writer's Block?"
I hope you enjoy their responses and I even decided to weigh in on this one!!!
Site Administrator/Hosted Author: Cia
Forum Mod/Hosted Author: Renee Stevens
Promising Author: KingdombytheSea
1 Have a break from writing for a few minutes. I could some house chores in that time....
2 Go out and take a stroll or visit the mall. Sometimes I buy something I don't actually need.
3 I listen to Deep Blues and New Age/ Adult Contemporary music.
If those three things doesn't help me, then forget about the story for a while and focus on other writings/ stories.
If it is the first one and I cannot write a certain scene or I have no clue where to go next in the story, I usually put that story aside and work on another one. In the mean time, I throw around [sometimes ridiculous] plot lines in my head until something sticks out. Sometimes I have to wait for that 'aha!' moment. I have actually been working on a particular story for the better part of five years. I worked on it diligently, through many different versions, for about four years straight and then got the worst case of writer's block possible. I placed it on the back burner and worked on my other, newer, stories. Recently, I have picked that story back up again, and although it is slow going at the moment, I believe that just taking a (very lengthy) step back from that story helped me get inspired to get past the writer's block and continue writing it. After all, I created those characters; they deserved the ending I have planning to give them.
I also brainstorm with a friend of mine who knows my stories, writing style, and overall personality rather well. That tends to bring out good results and gets me over the wall that I have ran into. Even if I do not like what she suggested, I can, most of the time, find a way to work out a scene that will more than likely stay in the final draft of the story. Sometimes she sees avenues I can take but have not seen. It always helps to have an outside voice giving me ideas for a storyline or telling me that I have not explained something clearly enough.
On the other hand, if it is the second type of writer's block and I am unable to write on any story, my process of combating it is different. I try reading a lot - anything I can get a hold of that will actually keep my attention. This can span from stories on the internet to actual published books. I do not stick to a particular genre of reading material, either. The subject of the book or online story does not have to be and rarely is the same subject that I am currently writing on. Even the most unrelated aspects have caught my attention and given me inspiration to get past my writer's block.
Sometimes, though, reading does not work either. Then I run or walk on the road that I live on, which is off the main highway in a rural area so I do not have to generally worry about many vehicles or meeting crazies. I prefer doing so at dusk or the few hours that follow. It is the time of the day when everything around here starts winding down and the air starts to lighten up. It is very peaceful and allows me to brainstorm without the constraint of a computer screen glaring at me. While I am not sure if it is the night air that clears my head or if it is the relief of not staring at a blank page, physically stepping away from my stories always helps me get past writer's block within a short amount of time.