My career started with a basic thought: I want to write a novel. Out of nowhere, my basic thought turned into a three book series. It wasn’t planned but I’m happy it happened. The few people who spoke to me about my self-published novels seemed pleased with my work and their happiness gave me an overwhelming amount of joy. The joy I found creating that series brought forward my full desire to make writing my career. But sometimes desire isn’t enough to make it happen.
A couple weeks ago, I shared a post all about finding my drive to start writing a new novel. I was so excited and got writing as soon as I had the available time. I started typing, it was catchy, I enjoyed it, and then BAM! Writer’s block. Talk about a let down. So I wanted to figure out a way to get through my little block.
Originally, I thought if I pushed hard enough my block could be erased. Call me the bearer of bad news, because I can say it doesn’t work that way. If you try to push yourself through this type of block then there is a lot of risk involved. You might forget to include an important detail, you might add unnecessary bits, or you could write out something that doesn’t make any sense. It’s most likely a bad idea for you to try to push through your block with nothing more than hope on your side.
Instead, it might be a good idea to step away. I don’t mean drop your work and never go back to it. All I’m saying is take a break. I have been decorating a bookshelf to hold the collection of books I’m slowly gathering. (I’m more of an electraonic book reader so I don’t have too many paperbacks right now, but I’m working to change that). I shared a bit of the progress I have done with the bookshelf here. Working on this case has been a lot of fun and it allowed me to rest my mind.
The post also mentioned the novel, Body Double by Tess Gerritsen. I have been reading the pages of this murder mystery whenever I had to take down time with the painting job. The book helped me relax my mind even more. This is another recommendation I have when you face writer’s block. Step away from your own story and dive into another tale. It’s risky because you might inadvertently take their work and try to place it in your own, but if you think you have enough control over yourself it’s an okay method to relax your mind. Sadly, it’s taking me a while to get through this novel since I’m taking on the personal, art project. But I can say it has been an enjoyable tale so far.
I truly believe these breaks will only give me to drive to write out more pages of my own piece. It’s in my own hands to overcome this challenge and I know I will make it through. If anything, stepping away from my story has filled me with more excitement to get back into it.
How do you overcome writer’s block? Give me some tips in the comments below!