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?