Monday, Mar 11, 2013

Monday Makeover (Attitude): The Truth about Writer’s Block

writer's blockOne of the most frequently asked questions I get about writing fiction is How do you handle writer’s block? My answer is, “I don’t.”  Why? Because I don’t believe in writer’s block.

Before you hit delete, consider my alternative, possible explanations for what we call “writer’s block”: 

1) Writer’s block could mean that I lack knowledge about my characters. Sometimes we authors hit a snag because we simply don’t know our characters well enough. When this happens, all we need to do is take the time to get to know our characters better. Once we understand what drives them, we will know where to take them next in our story.

2) Writer’s block could mean that I have not planned out my story to its logical conclusion. In writing fiction as in life, we should begin with the end in mind. We should have a good idea of where we want to end up or else we may end up lost along the side of the story road.

3) Writer’s block could really mean that I am writing the wrong story. Are you writing a story that excites you? If not, reconsider the story you are writing.  If you are not passionate about your story, neither will your reader be passionate about it.

Now it’s your turn.  What are your thoughts about writer’s block? Do you believe in it or not?  If so, why? If not, why not?

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