Are you stuck? Stuck in a rut? Need some help getting started writing again? Fear not! Here are some writing tips and videos by the Quotidian Writer (Diane Callahan) that can help get you unstuck.
It's the bane of all writers, that dreaded force that saps creativity and halts productivity. For some, it comes once in a while, while others battle it daily. Regardless of how often it strikes, writer's block can be frustrating and demoralizing.
There are many theories about what causes writer's block. Some experts say it's caused by a lack of inspiration or ideas. Others say it's due to perfectionism or fear of failure. And still, others say it's caused by stress or anxiety.
Whatever the cause, there are ways to overcome writer's block. One common approach is to simply break the task into smaller parts. Rather than trying to write a whole essay or article, try writing one paragraph at a time. Or if you're stuck on a certain sentence, take a break and come back to it later.
Both "plotters" and "pantsers" can benefit from a simple plan of action for their book. It can be difficult to stay organized when writing a novel, but it's important to have some kind of plan in place. Otherwise, you might find yourself struggling to keep track of your plot points or characters.
1. Set the scene. When you’re starting a new piece, it can be helpful to think about how your story will unfold. What are the characters up to? What’s happened recently that could affect their situation?
2. Create an outline for your story. This will help you keep track of your plot points and ensure that your story flows smoothly from beginning to end. If you're a pantser a brain dump may be helpful just to have a reference point while you're exploring where the story will go.
3. Create a character sheet for each of your main characters. This will help you keep track of their backstory, personality, and other important details.
4. Additionally, it can be helpful to keep track of your scenes and chapter headings to ensure that your story divides into scenes and chapters that make sense.
Set simple, achievable goals
Setting simple, achievable writing goals is a great way to stay on track while you're working on your novel. It's important to set goals that are challenging enough to keep you motivated, but not so difficult that you become overwhelmed. Here are a few tips for setting effective writing goals:
1. Make sure your goals are specific and measurable. For example, "I want to finish my novel by the end of the year" is a specific goal, whereas "I want to be a better writer" is not measurable.
2. Break your goal down into smaller steps that you can complete easily. This will help you stay focused and avoid becoming overwhelmed.
3. Set a deadline for each step of your goal, and make sure to stick to them! Giving yourself tight deadlines will help keep you motivated and on track.
Connect with other writers
There are a few different ways to connect with other writers. The first way is to join a writing group. There are many online groups and also groups that meet in person. This is a great way to get feedback on your work, learn about writing techniques, and make friends with other writers.
Another way to connect with other writers is by attending writer's conferences. These conferences offer workshops, keynote speeches, and networking opportunities. They are a great place to learn more about the publishing industry and meet agents and editors.
You can also join an online forum or social media group. This is a great way to get advice on your work, find beta readers, and make connections with other writers in your genre.
Don't give up
Novel writing is hard. It's a long, arduous process that can often feel fruitless. But don't give up. The first draft is never perfect, and it's always important to keep pushing forward. Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day. With dedication and perseverance, you'll eventually finish your novel and be able to share your story with the world.