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?

10 comments:

  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.

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  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! :)

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  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.

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

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

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  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 :)

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

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  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!

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  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!

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