Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Road Trip Wednesday: Writer's Block

It's time for another Road Trip Wednesday, a blog carnival hosted by the lovely ladies of YA Highway.

This week's question: 
How do you beat writer's block?
I heard somewhere that there is no such thing as writer's block - the problem is that you don't know your story or your characters well enough. So when I am battling a day of sitting down at my computer and the words just NOT coming to me, I think of this and I realize that I don't know what my character would do here because I just don't know this part of my story like I should. So the best thing for me to do is BRAINSTORM.
Brainstorming with other people saves my writing life. In fact, I had an awesome brainstorm about my plot with my CP Julie last night. I was stuck on a plot element and I'd received some great notes about it, but I wasn't sure how to make it all work. So I just talked it out and suddenly the ideas were flowing. My writing group. with our weekly chats and constant emails, is good for this, too. Any time I am stuck I have a number of people I can go to and just bounce ideas off of. I find that often I just need to look at things from a different perspective and then suddenly everything opens up to me.
(It's not ALWAYS that easy...but usually)
What about you? What do you do to beat writer's block?


  1. When I'm blocked, it's almost always because something's wrong and my brain's keeping me from moving forward. Once I back up and figure out the problem, the words flow again.

  2. Step away from the project and look at it sometime later, with as fresh an eye as possible. That usually helps solve the problem.

    Fellow Campaigner visiting! :)

  3. Hi Jessica. Fellow campaigner here! Brainstorming works for me most of the time, though sometimes the right idea takes longer to think up than other times. It's the nature of the beast, I think. :D

    When I get stuck, sometimes I work in 30 minute writing sessions. The short time limit gives me the freedom to write with wild abandon w/o the internal editor screaming inside my head. Not all the words are fabulous but it gets the juices flowing.

  4. I focused my post mainly on exercise, but brainstorming with my husband, writer friends - helps so much. Great post!

  5. I'm with you - brainstorming totally helps; as does mindless activities like laundry. Or dishes!

  6. Brainstorming is an awesome tip. I beat writers block by writing my WIP out of order.

    We are in the same YA campaigning group. Just stopping by to say Hi :)

  7. I really need to find a writing group. Any ideas on how I could find one? Do I need a blog?

  8. Brainstorming is what I do as well when I'm blocked. Having a CP to bounce ideas off of (and suggest some too) is so invaluable!

  9. Hi! I'm a fellow campaigner and a YA Highway fan as well. Just wanted to say hi and let you know I'm following your blog :) Hope to be blogging with you soon!