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This problem can freeze a writer or artist into inaction (just like the sign in the photo with this post); however, this admission prompted a helpful discussion on what we do when this happens to us. Below are the suggestions our group provided.
- Ask what if questions. What if this happened or this or this? Keep typing your what if questions and answers until you find the next part of your story.
- Skip to a part you can write. Write it and come back later to fill in the gap.
- Start off your day with the idea that you will edit the last two paragraphs of what you wrote the day before. As you edit, you often will find the words flowing beyond those two paragraphs.
- Stop mid-sentence when you write. When you come back the next day, you have to complete the sentence which means you will probably write further.
- Commit to writing something every day, even if it is a paragraph or a few lines.
- Set a timer for fifteen minutes and write during that time.
I've probably forgotten several of the suggestions, but I loved how several of our members provided solutions to this writer's dilemma. This writer, and probably other members of our group, realized the problem was universal, but it doesn't mean you should stop writing.
I'll add a few more that I've heard over time.
- Pick up something in the same genre and read it. This will place you in the environment of your writing.
- Take a walk or drive and open your mind to the world around you.
- Write part of the back story of your book.
- Work on world building. It might not appear in the book, but it's part of your characters' world, so it will help you shape a better story whether or not you use it directly or indirectly.
What advice has worked for you in the past? Please share it below in the comments section.