There comes a point when you’re writing that you just stop writing. Just like that, you stop. It’s not the characters or the story, this time. It’s not a lack of interest. It’s the inability to write. Most of us know this as writers block.

 

Some claim that you just have to push and force past it, to just write. Others claim it doesn’t even exist. But, I’m not here to talk about it’s existence or how to break it. I’m actually going to tell you to give it a hug and invite it in for tea.

 

Stop attacking writer’s block, and start inviting it in. Yeah, I get it, you’re probably saying, “What the actual crap, Faith?”?

 

You know what I’m going to say in response? “You can’t force writing.”

 

This is something I had to learn the hard way after finishing Puppet. I couldn’t just force Adams and Williams along. I couldn’t just get to where I wanted to go. Because I worked myself dead on writing. Legit, wrote over thirty thousand words in a little under a week and a half, only to go and sign up for forty thousand for camp nanowrimo. I worked myself dry, and was left with jelly for a wrist afterwards. It threw me into a creative slump, and I fought with every mental strength I had to get past it. Instead, it left me tired and defeated not only in my writing, but with my art.

 

Forcing yourself out of a block isn’t going to help. You need to turn away from the writing, the art, and go out somewhere, go watch a movie, listen to music. Think a story, but don’t write it. Let it get your creative flow back without putting it to work. Writing is a mental process, not a physical quick-and-done job. You need to let the paint dry before you can do a new coat. Try and paint over that coat before it’s dry, and you’ll smear it. The same goes for your story. If you keep attacking it, keep working at it without giving yourself a break, you’ll burn out. So, when you make these goals to get words written, when you make that schedule, make sure you leave a few days blank, maybe put a smiley face on em. Give yourself a break, and you’ll be less likely to lose that flow.

 

So back to where I told you to hug writer’s block. If you do get the dreaded writer’s block, as if it is an aunt that comes into town that just makes you want to dye your hair blue and go by “Tim Kibbles”? for the rest of your life, rather than viewing it as the weird aunt, look at it as if it’s a great excuse to go and have a three day sleepover at your best friend’s house. Let writer’s block make itself at home and go do something, let the paint dry. You’ll come back with a fresher, ready to go mind.

 


I got a question for you, and your answers would be really helpful for my next post: What do you like in a character?

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LadyLucs

LadyLucs

Faith has been writing for eight years, likes to squeal over Supernatural & hang out with her besties. She’s also an artist who’s been doing art since the day she was handed her first crayon. Her spirit animal is Jenna Moreci, and she loves classic rock. She attempts to post every Thursday.

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  • This advice is amazing. I’ve always totally agreed with it. I can never force myself to write, either.

    My favorite characters are the sarcastic, intelligent, and either quiet and surprising or outgoing. (Give me Percy Jackson, Sherlock, or Wylan Van Eck from Six of Crows, and I’ll just melt!)

    On more of a writing standpoint, I love when characters aren’t good guys, but they’re not exactly bad guys, either. Blurring the lines between good and evil is something that isn’t done enough but is so prevalent in real life. My entire series takes place in the gray space. I don’t want to agree with every choice a character makes, especially a protagonist. That’s what makes writing so fun!

  • First off I have to say this: you’re writing style is so fun! For some reason all of your blog posts really catch my attention and make me laugh. I seriously can’t wait to read your book 😀

    What you said in this post is really interesting. It’s made me rethink some things, so I’m going to read it over a few times later.

    Characters huh? Hmmm…well unlike most people I don’t like a strong lead. Like the super courageous and instinctive characters. I prefer characters who are smart and logical (except during the climax…they can totally loose their cool then, lol). I value characters who think through the problems presented to them LIKE NORMAL HUMAN BEINGS!

  • Truth. I used to work myself so hard, thinking that if I didn’t write every day I wasn’t a ‘real’ writer. That was definitely unhealthy thinking. I have a much more relaxed way of thinking now, one which allows me to take breaks if something just isn’t working for me. My end product is better now that I have a great creative state of mind every time I work on it. 🙂

    Hmm…and what do I like in a character? One of my favorite things is contradictory personality traits, especially if they’re revealed later in the character’s story and you don’t expect it. It’s like a whole new wave of depth washes over you. Dean Winchester became a more complex character in Season 2 than he seemed in S1, which was cool.

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