We have all been there haven’t we creative writer?
You are plugging along pretty speedily on a story, the plot is progressing and everything feels great then suddenly without warning, like the entrance of a villain in a horror movie, it starts to loom. You can feel the creative river start to dry out until it is barely a stream and then BAMMMMM!
You stare at the screen or the page and you want to put words there but nothing is happening and nothing will come out.
You look at your story boards, outlines, character sketches and plot maps– all the tools at your disposal; you know what is suppose to happen next but somehow you don’t know how to get the story to that place.
Of course, if you write like me..Loose idea with a general plan on what may happen -a character will go rogue and hijacks the plot, WTF!
One thing we have touched on in meetings and I hope we can dive a little deeper into later is how to get the creative juices flowing again after a bout of block.
Some of the suggestions that have previously been presented are:
1) Write something else for a while or work on a different part of the story.. you might not know how youll make the pieces connect right now but they may come to make sense in time.
2) Change location or perspective. Let a different character take over for awhile or have the characters do something not necessarily plot driven..Let them have fun- you might not end up using these scenes but they might help get you moving again.
3) Cry- Ok, not helpful really but it happens.
4) Do something else creative like drawing, painting or making stuff. Just the act of creation can be inspiring and it might alleviate some stress which can get things going again.
5) Re-write previous sections. It might be necessary for the good of the story to remove that scene that seemed so fun but is now derailing your entire story arc and plot.
What do you do when writer’s block strikes? Please share your tips and tricks below.