by Pamela S. Meyers
I’m excited to be a part of Mantle Rock’s new blog! This month I’m talking about writer’s block, which can strike any writer, newbie or veteran, any time,
Here are five ways I’ve overcome this problem. Maybe one of them will help you.
- Find books written by good writers in the same genre and start reading. By reading a few pages by an author I like and appreciate, it helps me to begin the first sentence of the story or scene.
- Take it further and type out the scene the author wrote verbatim Often my brain finds its groove after a page or two, and I can switch to my own story and the words begin to flow. In case you’re wondering, I’ve never started to write in the other author’s voice.
- Use writing prompts. I like to Google for writing prompts. I just did that and came up with dozens of hits. One that looks good is https://thinkwritten.com/365-creative-writing-prompts/
- Leafing through a writing magazine can help get the juices flowing. I subscribe to Writer’s Digest. The October 2018 issue contains two craft articles that discuss ramping up your story’s spacing and scenes. When I read similar articles I usually want to get working on that story again.
- Just do it. Forget the gimmicks and prompts and sit down at the computer and start free writing. What you write may not be your best writing, but it will get your brain into the writing mode and hopefully wake up your muse. Who knows? You may even like what you write now better than the first idea you had.
What are your tried and true methods for breaking writer’s block? Please share!
Pamela has written most of her life, beginning with her first diary at age eight. Her novels include Thyme For Love, Surprised by Love in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Second Chance Love, and Safe Refuge (Book One in the Newport of the West Series), and Whatever is True, a contemporary romance. Future novels include Shelter Bay, Book 2 in her Newport of the West series, which is set in her hometown of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. She lives in northeastern Illinois with her two rescue cats.
In two days, wealthy Chicagoan, Anna Hartwell, will wed a man she loathes. She would refuse this arranged marriage to Lyman Millard, but the Bible clearly says she is to honor her parents, and Anna would do almost anything to please her father. The Great Chicago Fire erupts and Anna and her family escape with only the clothes on their backs and the wedding is postponed. Father moves the family to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, where Anna reconnects with Rory Quinn, a handsome immigrant who worked at the mission school where she taught. Realizing she is in love with Rory, Anna prepares to break the marriage arrangement with Lyman until she learns a dark family secret that changes her life forever.