Writer’s Block–An Obstacle, or an Opportunity?

We have all suffered this excruciating process when we have written short stories, novels or even just a couple of pages. Perhaps a scene you are writing is not jiving, and it’s not going as you want it to. Or maybe something else happens, and before you know it, you find yourself writing other scenes, not the one you want to do.

Yes, we’ve all done it. I’ve done it. My friends have done it. I’m sure you have done it.

If you’re like me, sometimes it may take a few days for you to think of the perfect scene, or you may have to do it a few times. Or, you may just give up and wait until it comes. If you go that route, you’ll never get anything done. Perfection isn’t going to write your novel, or get your work done.

So, take a few simple steps or maybe some suggestions to see how you can make the ordinary into the extraordinary!

1. Look at the big picture and not the small details.

You may not think this helps, but it certainly does. I overlook simple things and getting back to basics reminds me of the bigger picture, not the small details. So you don’t know what kind of car you want your character to drive, or what road you want her to go down. You don’t know if your character is color coordinated, but you should wonder what she’s wearing, not what color. I don’t care if she has pink thong panties and what kind of flowers are on them–I care if she’s wearing pants when it’s not summer time and she’s not by a beach or pool–or from the shower.

2. If you get frustrated, find another way to do it and calm your thoughts down.

I suffer from ADHD, so I get myself a little jumbled sometimes. (No, seriously, I do.) I find myself getting ahead on the computer and jumping entire sentences. If I do that, I jump to another computer that’s harder to type on so I can slow my thoughts down, or have notebooks. (I have 10 in my house FILLED with writings!) Notebooks, pencil and paper are okay. Just don’t spend your whole time doodling.

3. Or, you can walk away if you get super frustrated.

Sometimes, you just have to take ten minutes, or thirty to an hour to just not think of it. You ever try to find something for hours, and when you’re not looking, you find it? This is pretty much the same outlook. Let it come to you. It might not work the first time, but don’t spend months not writing because you can’t follow scenes in sequential order.


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