Michelle Anne Laurie




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Michelle Anne Laurie

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Michelle Anne Laurie There are two kinds of writer's block, neither of which are really "blocks". The first is the writer who "doesn't know what to write about". There are…moreThere are two kinds of writer's block, neither of which are really "blocks". The first is the writer who "doesn't know what to write about". There are many cures for this. You can google "writing prompts", read scientific magazines, news stories, etc. Just be aware of your surroundings, listen to the way people speak, interact with the world as a writer, always be on the look out for some snippet that could be the start of a piece of writing.

The second kind of writer's block has more to do with plot development, the "I don't know what happens next" issue. I get this a lot. One thing I do is leave it and work on something else for a while. Often, an idea will come out of the blue, or I'll find the next day, when I sit down to work on it, I know exactly what to write. Other times, I bounce ideas off a writer friend, who always seems to know the right questions to ask to help me work things out. If you don't have writer friends, ask a non-writer friend who's willing to help. Sometimes just the act of explaining the problem to someone else is enough to get your brain to give you the solution.

The most important thing to remember is, don't use "writer's block" as an excuse not to write. Work on something else in the meantime, or actively search out writing prompts and start writing, even if it's rubbish. (less)
Michelle Anne Laurie Write everyday. Even if all you have is 15 minutes and you have no idea what to write, just sit down and write gibberish. The habit of writing is more…moreWrite everyday. Even if all you have is 15 minutes and you have no idea what to write, just sit down and write gibberish. The habit of writing is more important than the writing itself. Gibberish can always be edited; the blank page cannot. If you're struggling with this, I recommend Dorothea Brande's 'Becoming a Writer'.

If you're an aspiring novelist, don't spend forever on that first book. Get it done, submit it to agents and/or publishers, or indie publish it, and move on to the next book. Don't sit around waiting for your first novel to be successful, just keep writing. If you're not gaining traction with traditional publishing, don't turn your nose up at indie publishing. If your goal is to get eyes on your book, indie publishing can be a great way to achieve that.

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