Up until recently I thought Writer’s block was some fable that happened to less creatively inspired writers. I had my story flow for the whole first novel and beginning of the second. I thought how hard can it be? You know your story, otherwise you wouldn’t be writing it. Right?
Then along came NaNoWriMo and God forbid, I discovered the blank-eyed monster is real.
I knew my story, I knew how I wanted it to end. I knew my middle. I just couldn’t get from A to B. Every word on the page seemed just wrong. The pressure to create something amazing so quickly became too much for my poor little brain to handle. So, devastatingly disappointed I closed the laptop and gave it a rest.
This is how I got my mojo back.
When you stop looking for it, you will find it.Someone famous
I left the story alone for about two weeks. In those two weeks I:
- Filled in all my character sheets – even the new ones that I’d just invented.
- Did some artwork.
- Listened to music.
- Read a book
- Did the usual household stuff, life with family and friends.
Once I had given my brain a good rest from the story – but kept stimulating it creatively, I reopened my laptop and read back over what I had written from the start and then I closed the laptop and went about my life for another day or two.
Here’s what I noticed happening.
During menial tasks, my brain automatically resolved my problems. While driving I thought of new scenarios, while i did the dishes I solved problems, while I showered I came to conclusions. Haven’t you ever heard of that old chestnut saying – When you stop looking for it you will find it? That’s certainly the case here.
Do you have a process for getting rid of writers block?