5 comments on “5 Ways to Avoid Writer’s Block

  1. Not sure I can agree with you about this, at least in terms of someone who is a truly gifted writer. I think that perhaps struggling with — not so much what to say — as how to say it is part of the process. In his letters, Joseph Conrad talks about sitting down for eight hours and only writing three sentences–and then erasing them at the end of the day.

    Myself, I never have a problem with writer’s block, mostly due to some of the techniques you mention. It’s good advice for someone who hasn’t set his goals too high, like me. Check out my novella “Badlands,” if you have the time.

    BTW, I see Jenny also clicked the like button on your blog. She, and others, are constantly doing that to me. That’s why I keep the “likes” turned off on my blog.

    • Does it matter if they just like the blog? Can’t see it really hurts anyone.

      And I agree, these techniques are not going to help everyone. Writers are as different as all other people and I can only share what helps me. Besides, as I write in the beginning, this mostly helps the writer’s block that comes from lack of motivation. Writer’s block that comes from lack of inspiration is much harder to deal with.
      Thanks for your comment, I appreciate your thoughts!

      • “Does it matter if they just like the blog? Can’t see it really hurts anyone.”

        It does me, because they don’t like my blog, for they have never seen my blog. There is a group of people who simply go along WordPress’s dashboard and click all the follow buttons. So far, I have 22 followers, not one of whom has actually been to my blog. They are, evidently, only interested in getting people to go to their blog. I’m interested in that also, but I’m willing to actually read and comment on someone’s post, as I have yours. You do indeed have quite a good blog–and I know that from first-hand viewing. 🙂

    • Indeed, most people are like that on every social network. Most who follow me on Facebook and Twitter is exactly the same, simply expecting me to follow them back.
      I have become quite trained in ignoring them 🙂 And 1 in 100 might actually be someone who’s interested!

  2. #1 – Sit Your Ass Down and Write

    And before you protest: Yes, it IS that simple(most of the time, anyway).

    It’s good that you placed that parenthetical statement in there. I’ve been reading Joseph Conrad’s work quite a bit–and reading about him. In his personal letters, he mentions having sat down for weight hours and written only three sentences, only to erase them at the end of the day. Conrad was such a great genius. And he was such a hard-working writer. His usual routine was to write — or at least try to write — for eight hours a day.

    I don’t have, knock on would, any trouble with writer’s block. When I actually am writing, I often have a difficult time typing fast enough to keep up with the ideas the muses give me.

    John Le Carre and Quintin Tarantino write their stories with pencil and paper.

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