Beat Writer’s Block

  • Work to schedule and set a manageable daily target for your word count.
  • Switch off your internal editor. Don’t correct anything, just get the words down so that you have something to edit later. (Don’t get it right, get it written.)
  • Write something else for an hour. Try a monologue from the point of view of one of your minor characters. You might be surprised by what they have to say.
  • Go for a walk and let your next scene ‘compost’ in your head as you get some fresh air.
  • If all else fails just keep putting one word after another on the page until you have a sentence, then a paragraph, then a page, then a chapter. At least now you have something to edit, and that can stimulate fresh ideas for your next writing session.
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