~#WIPjoy Day 15: Your best tip for writer’s block~

wipjoy day 15

Burn it with fire.

AHEM, yes, I mean, well. Well. You could burn it with fire. Who am I to judge you.

BUT if you’re looking for legit advice, and not just permission to set things ablaze, I’ll see if I can help you.

1. Stop doubting yourself.

Legit, I think one of the largest reasons for writer’s block is you start to doubt yourself. Your writing, your characters, your plot.”Is this REALLY that great of a story?” “Are these characters REALLY that interesting?” “Am I REALLY meant to be a writer?”

 S.T.O.P.

Who cares if your story is good or your characters are interesting or if you’re ‘meant’ to be a writer or not. Do you love writing? Does it give you joy? THEN WRITE. The quality or the content don’t matter. If you like to write, then write. That’s all that matters.

2. Burn the perfectionism.

Similar to the first one, but slightly different. For me, perfectionism is usually what causes the majority of my writer’s block. I always always freeze up when I think, “But what if I don’t write this story right?” and then ten years pass and I’m an old lady and my characters are still forlornly fluttering around in the back of my head.

And I haven’t written the book at all much less ‘right‘ and no one has ever read my story or loved it because IT’S STILL STUCK IN MY HEAD WITHERING AWAY.

Look; no one’s perfect. You might write your book 84% ‘right’. Or you might write it 19% ‘right’. No book is perfect. I guarantee you’ve read a fancy, shiny, published book that had a plot hole, or that one chapter that was full lazy plot devices, or ,goodness sake, even had a typo.

Perfection is a myth. Write your book. If it’s not perfect then you can edit it. But I PROMISE YOU the satisfaction and happiness that having a full draft will give you is so worth the ‘risk’ of writing it ‘wrong’ and hating it.

Seriously, I have some WRETCHED first drafts languishing in my documents. But you know what?

i still love them

I’m serious. I wrote Mark of the Rose in 2016 and right after I finished it, the plot completely rewrote itself. Do I regret having written that older version? No.

I wrote Dement like four or five years ago. It used to be a high fantasy Beauty and the Beast. Now it’s urban fantasy about a drug lord poisoning an entire city. Do I regret the earlier draft? No.

I’ve written Broken Wing twice already. I’m not really happy with the second draft, but it was my one and only NaNoWriMo win. That’s worth any trashy draft. It also enabled me to buy Scrivener at an incredibility reduced price because I got a 50% off coupon for winning NaNo. That terrible Broken Wing draft PAID FOR HALF OF MY SCRIVENER COST.

Man, I’ll write trashy first drafts all day LONG if that’s what you get out of it.

Burn the perfectionism. Write your story.

3. Refill your well.

You can’t draw water from a dry well. This is a very rehashed and possibly over used analogy but it’s 100% true. If you’re literally stuck, but you still have a want and a drive to write, you might not have anything for your inspiration to draw on. Go read a book. Go read a book you don’t think you’ll like. Browse the non-fiction library shelves and find something new to learn about. Go for a walk. (SERIOUSLY WALKING OR EXERCISING IS REALLY GOOD FOR YOUR WRITERLY BRAIN.) Try a new craft or form of art. Find classes at your local library and chose the soonest art related one. Go to a new store or restaurant. Write a letter to someone. Do yard work. Find a park or local farm or something. Go exploring.

Many of these things can take just a few minutes, an hour or two, or an afternoon. And the return you get is worth that time exchange. Sitting in front of your computer and wailing to your cat and banging your head on your desk and consuming too much coffee honestly won’t help.

 Take a break.

It’s okay; your story will be waiting for you when you get back.

~*~

(That was three tips but as we’ve established I do what I want Thor.)

Much love from Your Pickle of Doom and Hopefully Helpfulness.

 

Advertisements

6 thoughts on “~#WIPjoy Day 15: Your best tip for writer’s block~

  1. Ugh, perfectionism is both good and very, very horrible. Because of course you want to try your best and make it what you know it can be, there’s also a niggling little doubt that it will never be perfect.

    Which is true. It can’t be perfect, so we should stop expecting it to be and just learn to accept it as it is.

    And YES. EXERCISE AND WALKING AND JUST. MOVING. IT HELPS SO MUCH. :D

    1. Perfectionism is the worst. It invades so many facets of my life and I have to beat it back with a stick. But I’ve found it’s really worth it to just go ahead and do the thing anyway, no matter how it turns out. It’s the process, not the end goal, that we enjoy the most.

  2. THESE ARE THE 3 TOP TIPS OF LIFE. No really, this is 100% exactly what I say too when people ask me how to get through writer’s block. My #1 cause right now is always the “but am I doing it right!?!?” because when you start doing edits and 3rd drafts there’s so much more pressure.😭 But you literally get nowhere if you just cave to that. I pick a route, go for it, and then go back if it’s no good and try a different direction!

    (Also I’m exactly the same also with writing a book and then 3 years later totally rewriting it so it looks nothing alike.😂)

    1. FOR REAL. These three ideals can really be applied to anything in life. Isn’t it weird that humans everywhere are always facing the EXACT SAME PROBLEMS and we all act like it’s a new thing under the sun.

      HUMANS ARE WEIRD AND DUMB.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s