If you are ready to write that novel, you have to begin somewhere. If you have read, Write That Novel: The Scene and Write That Novel: The Characters, and are still looking at a blank page, you may have writer’s block. Writer’s block is a very serious condition that every writer has or will face during their writing career. Words are a writer’s best friend, but what happens when you can’t find the words to tell your story? It can become frustrating, so frustrating, that it may seem easier to walk away and put it off. Then comes the possibility that the writer, not wanting to deal with the frustration, never attempts to write again. There are thousands of writers that have experienced this, but they have not let it stop them. And you shouldn’t let it stop you!
Look for inspiration: Try to reflect on what made you want to become a writer in the first place. Was it a good book that you read? Was it always your passion? No matter the reason try to think of what was the inspiration. Write it down or type it up, just get it somewhere where you can review it when you need to be inspired. Write about how it felt to see your work in print for the first time, or write about the feelings you had when you decided to write. These words will come easily because they are actual parts of your writing journey that you experienced.
Now you have the juices (words) flowing, you can become relaxed with your task ahead, because now, you are not looking at a blank page.
Begin at the end: Do you know where you want to go with your story, but just do not know how to get there? Begin at the end, write your ending first, or write the pivotal scene first. Catch the killer before you write about the investigation. Write out the family secret before you have named the characters. The objective is to get your idea functions, functioning! Writing the ending before you have actually written the beginning details may just open the floodgate of ideas.
Talk to someone in the writing business: We all go through this, there are times when I can’t find an idea to save my life. I’ll sit in front of my laptop and try to focus, but nothing will happen, minutes turn into fruitless hours. Then, I will reach out and get my frustrations off of my chest. The writing community is vast and there is always someone willing to give advice. And without giving away your entire idea for a story, you can vent. Relieving the stress that comes with this artistic venture.
Writer’s block is real, and what may help one writer overcome it, may not help another. Knowing what helps you, gets you to the next chapter and closer to finishing that novel or short story. So, go write that novel!