Hi readers, I want to talk about something that all writers loathe….writers block. What is writers block? It’s that time when you just get nothing. Your mind goes completely blank and it becomes nearly impossible to fill that blank screen, and everything becomes overwhelming. You think you’ve lost your touch. You may even think your writing career is over, which is a pretty good indicator that you didn’t want to do it in the first place to me.
I wanted to address the issue because I had been struggling with a scene in my WiP (Work in Progress), and for the first time I hit the dreaded writers block. I became stuck, and I didn’t know what to do.
Have you ever felt that way? Not just in writing, but in normal life? Have you ever felt stuck with a decision you knew you had to make, but you knew each one would drastically change your course? It’s a horrible feeling, isn’t it? I felt pretty stressed out about it in my novel. It’s the first time I’d encountered it and I didn’t know what to do.
Thankfully I escaped. But how?
Us writers are quite a busy bunch if you know what I mean. No, we don’t go out and do a whole lot of manual labor, but our job is just as, if not more, stressful. Imagine putting up a new fence, which would probably take a day or two at the most, compared to writing 80,000 words at least to fill a novel, if that’s what you’re aiming for. Plus, you have to figure out a good story to use those words in, and a good plot to drive that story along. Our minds are at work so much I’m sure they get pretty fed up at times and just want a break. That’s where writers block comes in. Sometimes I go through a whole day with nothing but my novel in mind, working out the next scene and plot point. Mentally, it gets very tiring.
So how do we break that writers block? Simple, take a break.
Rest and don’t think about your novel for a whole day or two (I know, it sounds impossible, right?). If you do that your mind will have time to refresh and inspiration has more of a chance to come knocking. I figured out the next scene in my novel by just going away from it for a day.
So, can this be used by people who don’t write? Yes, and it’s simple, stop worrying. You want gray hairs, go ahead, worry until your hair becomes blindingly white 🙂 Or you can stop and rest, seek God, and allow Him to guide your paths and your choices. Read the Word, that’s the most important step of all, for both writers and non-writers alike.
Stop worrying, rest in the knowledge that the Lord knows the way, and don’t lean on your own logic and understanding. Trust me, in my own knowledge, I had some pretty crazy stuff for my scene. Now that I look back, I thanked the Lord that I didn’t put them in!
‘Till next time, God Bless!