You used my tips from my last blog post and your characters are talking to you again, the words are flowing, and you are feeling on top of the world…until you aren’t. You just can’t get into the groove, words sound stilted, your dialogue sounds like a kindergartener wrote them, you are just feeling stuck.
Why? What’s happening?
You have the dreaded writer’s block, even though you can’t seem to admit that to anyone – not even yourself – you know you are avoiding your laptop, or that Scrivener file – and it’s starting to affect your mental health. You are letting your past issues affect your present and it sucks.
You Are Awesome
First, don’t lose sight of how amazing you are. Just because you are stuck right now and you’ve had some issues sitting down and getting quality words down on paper – and you’re probably starting to feel crappy – remember that you are awesome. You have had days and months of writing amazing things, quickly and in total flow which means you can get back there again.
You Are Magic
Secondly, remember that everything you need is inside of you – right now and always! You just might need some help. Another person to talk things out with (like a Tarot Reader who specializes in helping writers perhaps?) or just a day or two where you don’t stress about the words. Journal, interview your characters, try something else, build a playlist, dance, draw, do anything else to get out of your own way.
You Are Going To Be Okay
And finally, realize that things might look different. You might have planned and made a detailed outline and then your main character did something to screw everything up, but after you looked at it – it’s actually pretty brilliant. Or maybe you don’t outline but you had some ideas and nothing is panning out the way you thought…but what you are writing is actually funny so go with that. OR maybe you wanted to write fantasy but aliens keep popping up – okay, take a step back and see if you really, deep down want to write Science Fiction? It’s all OKAY, trust me. Go back to step two and remember that you are magic!
How are you feeling now? Can you take a deep breath, remember how magical and awesome you are, and try again? Let me know how it goes below.