Beating writer’s block – 10 Quick Tips

Beating writer's block - 10 Quick TipsIn this 10 Quick Tips we look at writer’s block and how to get around it…click on the links, too, for some further tips both from Suze and also from Lucy McCarraher’s excellent series on here, “How To Write Fiction Without The Fuss.”

1. Do not stare at a blank screen or piece of paper.

2. Go get some coffee, tea or other refreshment and take a short walk.

3. Sit down and do not attempt to write what you’re supposed to be writing.

4. Start writing down the reasons why you have writer’s block about the subject matter / topic.

5. Keep listing those reasons for your writer’s block.

6. Soon you’ll see a pattern emerging: lack of research? Lack of knowledge? Lack of enthusiasm for the topic? Too tired / hungover?

7. The first two are easy – go get some more. As you seek more information, you’ll probably find that you trigger some good ideas on how you should write about it.

8. The third is easy too: turn the topic upside down and find some new angles that spark your interest. Look at it from the reader’s point of view. What would your typical reader find most interesting about it? Most boring about it? Why?

9. The fourth one – go have a sleep and try again later.

10. Wash, rinse, repeat.

Do you have any quick tips for beating writer’s block to add to this list? Please share!