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Q&A : How do I get past writer's block?
Nikki, we get it. Writer’s block can be real… and real discouraging. It can happen for a variety of reasons. It may be that you have an idea of what your book is going to be or say, but you need help organizing your thoughts. Or it may be that you’re having a hard time sitting down to do it because, well, it’s just easier not to.
Here are a few solutions that we’ve used to overcome writer’s block:
- Training. Find a trainer or coach or program that can walk you through the organization process—how to outline it and what elements to include. In our last issue, Chris mentioned two ways to boost your writing this year, the first was writer’s conferences. Several are available online, and they offer training by successful writers.
- Expectations. Editing is your friend. Instead of thinking that you need to get your book perfect from the start, embrace the fact (and this is true for all writers) that editing is your friend. Focus on writing your book to start with. This is only your rough draft. That first draft is the hardest part. You can always go back and rewrite and edit and build your book into the beautiful finished product. One of Gena’s favorite mantras is: Editing is where the magic happens.
- Support. In our last newsletter, Chris mentioned how online writer’s groups can boost your writing. Often these groups are free to join. You’ll meet other writers who are tackling their books too and facing the same issues you are. Together, you’ll be able to encourage each other, bounce ideas of each other, and even hold each other accountable for due dates and progress. Your local library may have a group that meets (in person or virtually) in your area.
We wish you well, Nikki, on your book. Please keep us posted on your progress. And if you (or anyone else) has a specific question on writing your first book, let us know. We’ll try to help answer your question.