On Twitter the other day, I commented that I was having a little writer’s block—the words are there, but I can’t seem to get them out (the only consolation is that the resulting frustration is fuelling my ideas for blog posts, so there’s an upside to everything). I know where the story is going, I have a good grasp on the characters, I can picture the scenes in my head, but when I sit down in front of the computer…boom, it all goes out of my head.
Part of the problem is the thrall of the internet. I look at something when I’m supposed to be writing and I get distracted. Then later on, all I want to do is go back and I can’t think enough to write, and missing one day is enough to screw up my whole flow. It’s a problem.
If I had advice to give from this, it would be: don’t break your writing schedule for anything. Granted, this isn’t always possible (especially for those of you with kids…happy summer vacation, by the way) but you have to have discipline. Or at least I do, and there’s probably someone out there who this also applies to.
Habit-habit-habit. Keep writing. When you can’t visualize a scene, write another one, even if it doesn’t come for another ten chapters. Write something else, maybe a short story, just to keep your fingers moving. Write blog posts about how you have writer’s block and possible ways to break said block. Keep the story in your mind and stay away from the internet. Especially TVTropes, the foul temptress.
How do you deal with writer’s block? Do you have any ways to keep it at bay?