Writer’s Block and how to Kick it!
Writer’s block is real! Have you ever had that one story that just won’t do what you need it to do? Yes, I have and currently do. It seems that the third book to the Chances Series wants to do just that. When I started it a few months ago, the same thing happened. In the end, it leads me to another story and series that is releasing in December. After completing that one and sending it off to the editor, I opened the manuscript to start reading over what I’d already written. Okay, so maybe it was only 10,000 words, but it was a start.
One day I opened and ran with what was ready to put down into words. Then bang the head against the wall. 4,000 words later and I am still staring at the blank pages trying to find that voice.
I hear a lot about writer’s block and have experienced it just a little, but this one has me stumped. How is it that I can picture the ending to this story, and the beginning, but no middle? This should be simple, but in reality it’s not.
I’ve stepped back from it so I can regroup and plan to tackle it more next week.
I’m not sure if it’s a block or the mere fact that a lot has been going on. I mean I finished up one new story, clicked that little magic button to forward to the editor, and released a new novel. That’s a lot for one person to process, let alone try to come up with the middle of the next one.
A few friends have passed on advice to beat this block, and I have taken them all into consideration.
Some have said pick up a book and read.
Skip and go to the next one.
Don’t worry it will come to you.
All of these are great, and I plan to go with the later one. Don’t worry it will come to you.
I have plenty of time to fight with these characters and in the end I know it will be great once they come to terms with me.
It does make me sit back and think… Does Stephen King get writer’s block? Does Nora Roberts suffer from this dilemma? What about Colleen Hoover? Does she get affected my writer’s block and deadlines?
How do we overcome this? How can we make sure that the story goes off without a hitch? I’m not sure if anyone has those answers, and if they do I’d love to hear the answers.
Recently one friend asked, “What about starting the second book in the new series?” The simple answer is, that’s not even floating around. When I say the bricks have been erected, I mean it. Nothing, not even a thought for a blog post until today. Maybe writing about the block will help cure it.
I don’t know, but we’ll see. Until the cycle is broken, I will open this blog and post some. If that doesn’t work, then it will come down to the wire as we meet deadlines and schedules.
With a pat on the back, I sign off so I can get some work done.
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