Updated: Aug 19
Recently a friend who is working on a novel said that his book had come to a standstill. I suggested that maybe he had writer’s block. I thought about all the times when I was in a similar situation. Through my research, I found that writer’s block is a very common issue with writers. Where does it come from and what can we do to get “unblocked?”
According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, writer’s block is a “psychological inhibition preventing a writer from proceeding with a piece of writing.” (www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary).
These are some of the things I do to shake off writer's block. This technique works for fiction:
Create a plan or outline for a story. Every story has a beginning, a middle, and ending.
Create a character sketch that details every person in the story; what do they look like? What What is their occupation? Do they seem happy or sad? List any personality or physical quirks that make them unique. List any details that you can think of that might help your reader visualize what this person looks like.
Create a problem, A story needs to have a character with a problem to solve. A problem creates conflict, which makes for a suspenseful story.
Create a complication. The central character must have obstacles in the way of solving his or her problems. This creates intrigue and inspires your readers to care for the protagonist.
Write the solution. The central character is actively involved in trying to find a solution to a problem. Sometimes the solution comes from an epiphany or realization about a relationship or situation he or she is involved in. The solution should seem satisfying and realistic to the reader.