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My first blog post is fitting as I battled a strong bout of writer's block before finally putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) to write this. I was inspired to frame my first post around writer's block when I received a lovely message in my Wattpad inbox. Someone who read one of my novels, Breaking the Ice, wanted to know what I do when I'm faced with writer's block or feel stuck in my writing. We had a great conversation and I thought I would share some of my experiences and tips here, so thank you again to that person for starting this conversation.
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Writer's block usually affects me most when I reach a point in my writing that I have to tackle a troubling scene or event. Instead of remaining at this point in the novel or story, I move on. In my first draft I would rather write as much as I can, when the mood strikes, rather than get bogged down trying to figure out how to write a certain section. I'll simply put in brackets what I need to go back to later and write. When talking to the reader who messaged me, I used the example from Breaking the Ice where I wrote "[INSERT Cait's confrontation of Jack in hotel room]" and then continued on writing. I find this strategy not only maintains my motivation for writing but also sometimes helps me solve those troubling scenes more easily. Sometimes writing ahead can show you exactly how you can get to where you need to be in your story.
It used to be popular to say Ernest Hemingway suggested you "write drunk, edit sober" but this was not the case for him. I still like this phrase because it encourages me to write until I'm done, without worrying about what I'm writing being "perfect" in the first draft. I would rather continue to write while the ideas and inspiration flow than interrupt my progress by getting stuck on a certain sentence or scene. Even after editing no writing will ever be "perfect" and this especially shouldn't be a concern in the case of a first draft.
That's all for today. Hopefully writer's block won't keep me from posting on the blog again for too long. Until then, here's a little overview of what I'm currently up to. If you have any tips for writer's block please share them in the comments! Thanks for reading.
Wattpad reads: 12.7k for Breaking the Ice
Currently reading: She by H. Rider Haggard for my Victorian Lit course
Currently writing: Essay upon essay
Run stats: 2.7km in 35 minutes today (halfway to 5k!)
Song of the day: Valerie by Mark Ronson ft. Amy Winehouse