4 P’s to Beat Writer’s Block

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It’s 4 am. You’re awake. You do no want to be awake. You have to be up in 3 hours and you want to sleep. Sound familiar? What do you do? Drink warm milk? Meditate? Start cleaning? Take a little sleep medicine? Who knows, but the point is you don’t just sit there trying to fall asleep. If you do, you know that does not work. Think of writing like sleep. Don’t just stare at the page. That’s just like waiting to fall back asleep. It doesn’t work. Try something new. This article includes technical suggestions to beat writer’s block, if in fact, even exists.

1. Pivot

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Maybe you are struggling on the dialogs, try an action scene instead. Or revisit the scenery, make sure what you see clearly in your head is described to the reader. Just do something else. If what you were writing doesn’t seem to flow, pivot to something else in your novel. Stop beating yourself up about that one thing, there are tons to do in a great novel.

2. Plan

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Make an outline of your book. Already have one? Outline your chapter. Give yourself an  anticipation for your own work.

3. Profile

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Create a profile for your characters. Reread your work and write all the descriptions you give your reader. Or actually make an avatar. Create a clear profile. If your readers can’t clearly visualize who is in the book, fix it.

4. Puke

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Just have word vomit. Don’t worry about sentence structure. Don’t worry about wording or even organization. Just let it all out.

 

 

It’s really simple. Pivot, Plan, Profile or Puke. Between those four, you will beat writer’s block back where it should be and your fingers will fly on the keyboard.

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