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Overcoming Writer’s Block
By Maggie Thom
To be a writer is the life… right? Well lots of people think so but the reality, shh don’t tell anyone, but it’s hard work. So hard in fact that some people suffer from writer’s block.
So what exactly is that? Some nefarious disease? Some physical ailment? A crushing blow?
No. It’s not. It’s when a writer can’t write. Not because they don’t know how or because they can’t but then again they can’t. The words won’t flow, the story won’t come, what they do manage to write doesn’t make sense, it’s not going where they want it to, they’re way too distracted by every other thing on earth that needs to be done.
Writer’s block is one of those things that some people believe in and others don’t. The reality though is that if you’re a writer at some point in your career you’re going to struggle with getting your story down on paper. On having it make sense. On having it go the direction that you think it should.
Why does it happen? That’s really a story for another time. The question is how do you overcome it? How do you get beyond being in that checkmate place? How do you get unstuck?
Creating an article or story is about allowing the free flow of words. It’s about getting ideas down on paper. It’s about letting yourself type or write as fast as your brain churns out information. It’s not about thinking, it’s about doing. It’s not about plotting out your article, it’s about writing it.
The mistake that many writers make is that they focus on what they have to get done. They try to plot and write at the same time. They focus on creating a masterpiece the first time and are too disappointed with their results to put the effort into refining it. So it throws up another barrier that makes it tough to write or want to keep writing – ‘if you can’t do it right the first time, what’s the point?’ Or maybe they wrote something really good and fear they can’t produce something like that again.
Writing down your story the first time is not meant to be the end product. Writing is a process to get the ideas from your brain to paper (or computer), so that you don’t lose them. So that you can play with them. Change them. Meld them. Chuck them. Not everything you write down is going to be great. And not everything you write down is going to be appropriate for where you are going with your current story or article. But they might work for another article or story. When you open yourself to just writing, then you teach yourself to let the information flow. It opens you up to your creativity. It opens the flood gates.
Some things that will help you to overcome writer’s block:
1. acknowledge that you’re having a problem and that the words aren’t flowing or going where you want them to,
2. stop beating yourself up, it just keeps you stuck,
3. write with no expectations,
4. drop the shoulds – I should be doing this, I should be doing that,
5. change your focus – forget about all that you need to do, the deadlines, what it needs to have in it and focus on just writing it,
6. walk away from your article for a while, do something different, forget about it for a period of time, give it a chance to breathe,
7. allow yourself just to play with the story in your mind, don’t worry about getting it down on paper, just let the ideas come,
8. lower your standards, you’re probably focussed on creating the perfect article or story, just focus on writing something, anything.
Here’s a simple exercise to try:
Take a moment to get a topic in your head, for a simple example, try flowers. And then just start writing what you know about that subject. Do not stop to analyze where you are going with it. Just put down the ideas. Spit out everything you can onto paper (or computer). Just write and write and write and write… and write. Then when you stop to take a breath, write some more. Once you run out of things to say, then go back through the topic you’ve chosen and see what you wrote. Do not expect this to be a final product. Do not expect it to be great but you really might surprise yourself with some of the stuff that you came up with. A couple of things may happen – you have a great start to a new article/story or you may have ten ideas for new articles/stories. The key is that now you have something to work with.
Now do the same thing with that article or story you’ve chosen to create. Write and write and write. Get the words out. Open yourself to just putting the information down on paper. Once you have a draft, then you can worry about where you really want to go with it. That’s when you go back and you plot and you decide what’s okay.
Writer’s block is often about not knowing where to go, where to start, what to write. It really means you’re thinking too hard, trying to force a creation, instead of letting it just come.
Writing is about the flow of words. Let them flow…
What do you find works for you to overcome writer’s block?
Thank you, Maggie for your insightful “Overcoming Writer’s Block”!
Maggie Thom took the challenge and leapt off, leaving a fulltime, twenty year career in management, to write full time. After her initial panic that she might need a straight jacket, she published her first book Captured Lies, October 2012. And now is excited to release her second novel, Tainted Waters, April, 2013. Her third book, Deceitful Truths (sequel to Captured Lies), available fall of 2013. An avid reader and writer her whole life, she decided to break the monotony of wishing to be an author by making it happen. Married toher best friend, she is learning that humor, love and patience help her navigate her way through her twins’ teen years. Her motto: Escape to read and Read to escape. “Maggie Thom writes a fast paced thriller laced with romance that keeps the reader interested and on edge!” InDtale Magazine
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By Maggie Thom
She was kidnapped not once but twice and now someone wants her dead because of it….
Her life was a lie!
Bailey knew her upbringing wasn’t normal but she’s worked hard to stabilize her life. At 29, she finally has a good business, a stable home; her life is miles from that of her childhood. Then suddenly her mother dies, leaving a gaping hole and a discovery that they may not even be related. If Guy, the private investigator is to be believed, her life is a lie. Using the skills she learned on the streets, Bailey travels back through a sketchy and dangerous past, to find answers. Dodging bullets, staying ahead of those who want her dead and convincing Guy she can do it alone, are making it difficult to discover not only the secrets of her mother’s past but that of a family claiming she is theirs.
Everyone seems to have a story… but who’s telling the truth? And who wants her dead? Is Guy part of the solution? Or part of the problem? To discover the facts, she’ll have to untangle a web of deceit, lies, and secrets, dating back over thirty years.
But can she do it in time…
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MAGGIE THOM’S SECOND Book
By Maggie Thom
He didn’t commit suicide but who’s going to believe her…
Frustrated at being fired from her latest job and overwhelmed by her consolatory family, Sam decides to move to the family’s cabin at the lake. A place she hasn’t been since her dad committed suicide there twenty years before. Or did he? Snooping is something she’s good at but someone seems to be taking offense to her looking too closely at what has been happening at the lake. What she discovers is shocking. Now she must uncover what’s real and what’s not. All that she learned growing up, may be false. Keegan, who has recently moved to the area to finish his latest book, is also trying to find out if his grandfather, who’d passed away ten years before, died of natural causes or was murdered? The descendants of the four families, who own the land around the lagoon, are dying off. Since Sam and Keegan are the only ones questioning the deaths, they find themselves working together to seek the truth. Are people being murdered? Who would benefit from their deaths? Why would there be barricades and armed guards at the north end of the lake? To stay alive, Sam and Keegan must find the answers and convince others, before more people are killed… including them.
“This is a book that will have you on the edge of your seat. Just when you think the story is over, think again.” Read Your Writes Book Reviews
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