How 2 Deal With Writer's Block

A lot of people talk about writers block but I think it should be called 'problem solver's block'. Anyone can write at any time. All you have to do is pick a subject and start writing. It can be your neighbor's cat, or the color of your walls or your toe nail.

If you've got to a point in your story where you get stuck, you've got 'problem solver's block'. So, how can you get round it?

One great idea I heard years ago is understand that the first idea you have in any circumstance is the obvious one or the cliché. When it comes to keeping your audience on their toes and surprising them, the obvious is never good. So try this: Think of another ten to twenty ways that your characters could deal with the problem. In that list you will have a gem of an idea so use that one.

Another problem solver's block can be worked through by ignoring it and moving on with the story. That way you're letting your subconscious deal with the issue and the best way to do that is to think about something else.

You can also let your characters help you with 'problem solver's block'. If you don't know what's going to happen next, go back to your character and write more about him or her so you can understand what they would do in those circumstances.

Another way of dealing with coming up against a wall is writing instead of thinking. If you're stuck, write about something else. It might be your diary or a blog entry or even a shopping list. By continuing to physically write without focusing on the problem you can often find yourself writing the perfect solution between the canned peas and the shampoo. 

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