Writer's Block

Raise your hand if you did NaNo this year!! *raises hand* Okay, even if you didn't, have you ever been on a roll, writing this new fantastic idea and you're thinking, Yes, this is it! .........

Only to find that the next day you can't seem to squeeze out a single word on your latest masterpiece?

This happens to any writer, and it happened to me this past NaNo. I plotted and replotted and THEN plotted some more (which is a first for me, usually I'm a pantser) and when it came to the ending my brain went dead. I had no clue where to go next! I tried to force it out, wrote several shoddy drafts of ideas but nothing was working. I couldn't seem to crank it out like I wanted to.

Frustrated, I decided to start on some of my TBR pile, and it was AWESOME! (Not just because I loved the book.) It gave my brain a break, I was able to admire someone's work who had "made it" through the whole publishing process, and it helped me to unlock my thoughts and finish my story!

(So kudos to this book, All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin. Haven't finished it yet, but I'm loving it.)
So ta dum, that's my suggested cure for writer's block. Read! It's inspiring and reminds you what you're working toward! What about you, what has helped you break writer's block? Or do you not struggle with it at all?

OH and there's an awesome giveaway on YA Highway. And when I say awesome, I mean AWE-SOME! Go check it out, lots of books and critiques!


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15 comments

Kelley said...

Wow. Good for you for plotting. I'm a total Panster and I guess I've been lucky not to hit writer's block.

Sometimes I hit 'writer's funk'. In which I just don't feel like working on the current project. In order to get over that, I work on another project. Right now I have two finished manuscripts and three that are started. I guess when I'm writing something else I get to a part where I'm like, 'no, I don't like that for this book. But that OTHER book. Yes! That would be brilliant!' And then I'm over writer's funk :)

Leigh Covington said...

So true! I find one of the best cures for writers block is to read. Good books always inspire me to get back to my own. This one sounds cool :)

Christine Rains said...

Reading always helps me feel inspired too. Oh! I have to raise my hand for NaNo. I haven't written anything since last month, though. Darn holiday madness.

Rachel Morgan said...

I like your cure for writer's block. And I haven't read that book yet, but I liked the trailer for it!

Cortney Pearson said...

@Kelley, love the name writer's funk! I get into that occasionally too!

@Leigh, Good books are definitely inspiring!

@Christine, I hear you about the holiday madness! I feel like I'm running crazy constantly!

@Rachel, I haven't seen the trailer for it yet, I'll have to look it up!

J. A. Bennett said...

I just finished reading Variant and I had those same feelings! It really inspired me to keep going :)

Ms Saba (aka Teacher007.5) said...

Reading does help me through writer's block, as well as some rest and a good cup of hot chocolate! :D

Peggy Eddleman said...

I think reading really inspires writing! I especially love when something I read helps me to figure out just what the thing I'm writing needs.

Cassie Mae said...

I seem to be always critiquing someone's work while I'm stuck, and I love it because I'm able to wipe my mind clean of my own work and focus on theirs. And just reading their chapters and getting all excited about them and then they leave me hanging totally inspires me!

And Ben and Jerry's helps too. :)

Sarah B said...

Reading SHATTER ME helped me see how to fix my beginning, how to ease the reader into the story. Shorter scenes and shorter chapters, while gradually getting longer.

Morgan said...

*gasp!* You've found the cure for writer's block!!!!! Why didn't you tell me sooner???? *winks*

E.R. King said...

Listing all the wonderful things you've accomplished will definitely help unblock your creativity!

The Golden Eagle said...

*raises hand*!

I've been on a roll with reading lately, but I'm still having trouble finishing my NaNoWriMo project. Usually good books help. Then again, since I'm getting ideas for a novel I wanted to start rewriting in early 2012, perhaps the inspiration is just flowing elsewhere . . .

Katie Dodge said...

I wouldn't say I've suffered from writer's block yet, maybe more like writer's hurdle. But I agree, reading helps stir the creative juices and also watching movies.
Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

Juliana L. Brandt said...

That's what I'm focusing on this week, too. Reading, reading, reading. In a way, it's incredibly liberating :)

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