Hellooo. I'm H.G. Lynch, and today I am talking about Writer's Block and how to overcome it.
As anyone who writes, whether professionally or as a hobby, knows - writer's block is hell. You know when you're just writing away on a story, thinking, "Oh this is good, I love this" and then you suddenly hit a wall? It's like your brain stalls, and you lose momentum for the story. You're stuck staring at the page, and your mind is blank. It sucks. But don't worry, it happens to everyone, and it will pass.
Some ways I like to fight writer's block are:
1. Go for a walk. Just go outside - assuming it's not raining - and just wander wherever your feet take you. If you live close to the sea or a park, even better. Just get out of the house and get some fresh air. You never know what might spark your imagination - the colour of the leaves on the trees, some guy walking his dog, maybe your reflection in a puddle. Anywhere can be the location for a new in your book!
2. Read a book. Yup, just step away from the laptop, and grab a good book. Re-read a favourite, or find a new author. Sometimes just reading someone else's story gets your creative juices flowing again because you're already gearing up your imagination.
3. Find some new music or a playlist. Honestly, some of my best writing is done while listening to a new album or a playlist. Make sure the music you're listening to fits the tone you want for your book. If it's a serious, upsetting story, don't listen to Justin Beiber. Try some Avril Lavigne or Snowpatrol instead. Some other good ones to look for are Florence and the Machine, Secondhand Serenade, and Three Days Grace. It depends on your taste, obviously, but those are just some of the ones I listen to when I get stuck.
4. Ask a friend. When I first started writing, I would get writer's block a lot and I would go to my best friend, give her the outline of the story and say, "I need some more ideas. Go!" And she would shoot random ideas at me. Some of them were ridiculous, but some of them made perfect sense to the story I was trying to write. A fresh perspective can give you a clearer idea of what you want to write.
5. Finally, if you've tried all of those, and you're still stuck in place, maybe consider that the story you're writing possibly isn't the RIGHT story to be working on. I know it sounds weird, but I've started half a dozen stories, thinking, "Oh, that's a really good idea! That could make an awesome story!" and after 2000 words, there's just nothing more. I've run out energy for that story. Sometimes a story sounds good, and maybe it would be good, but it's not right for your mood at that time. Don't worry about it - you can always come back to that story if you get a new idea, but in the meantime, maybe try writing something else. When you find the right story, you'll know it because you won't be able to stop writing until it's done.