Tag Archive | writer’s block

JaNoWriMo Second Update

JaNoWriMo Second Update

I was in my story world again. The characters were real again.

Don’t be your own limiting factor

Don’t be your own limiting factor

Guest Blogger: Jennifer Slattery Sometimes the words flow and our fingers can barely keep up with the creative bursts firing from our brains. Other times, it feels as if every sentence is a struggle and we begin to wonder, can I really do this? What if I don’t have what it takes to be a […]

Coping with WIP boredom

Coping with WIP boredom

When I wrote about the nonexistent muse, John Wheeler raised an issue many of us deal with: My occasional collaborator … gets an idea and works through it for a while, but then can’t finish what he starts. He says he gets bored too easily—he then starts off on a different fictional framework and the […]

Breaking through writer’s block

Breaking through writer’s block

Ren recently asked how we cope with writer’s block. Sheer blunt force, I said. There are times I don’t feel like writing, or when I don’t feel like writing what I’ve been assigned to write. I usually just muscle through it, especially in the latter case. That’s one good thing I learned in the news […]

Don’t wait for a muse–she doesn’t exist

Don’t wait for a muse–she doesn’t exist

The worst stereotype of the angst-ridden writer is the one who is forever bemoaning writer’s block, waiting for a muse who never shows up. But is there a hint of truth behind this stereotype? We joke about the muses, those Greek goddesses who supposedly were the source of inspiration in all the arts. But don’t […]

Write every day, no matter how little or how poorly

Write every day, no matter how little or how poorly

The way to prevent writer’s block is to write every day. But fear of failure often prevents us from doing it. We’d rather complain that we didn’t have enough time to do our best work. Or that the elusive muse wasn’t with us. But let’s be honest with ourselves. The real reason writing is hard […]

1K All the Way!

1K All the Way!

So, want to guess what I did on Saturday? I added 1,032 words to my WIP! I know, I know–some big accomplishment. What’s all the fuss about? If you’ve been following NAF for very long, you know that I’ve faced a very uninspiring dryspell over the last several months. I think I’ve added maybe 2,000 […]

Noises in My Head

Noises in My Head

I’ve been struggling with my writing for the past few months. Every time I sit down to write, my brain freezes up. I stare at the white space and that annoying, flickering cursor, just praying that just an ounce of inspiration will appear out of thin air. It’s not like there’s nothing going on in […]