Goodreads asked Eric Ahrweiler:

How do you deal with writer’s block?

Eric Ahrweiler When I write novels, the first thing I do is make a story board/outline for the entire book. I call this my 'encyclopedia'. In the encyclopedia, I write a description for each character, place, group, term, etc. This allows me to reference characters and locations easily, since I know I won't remember it otherwise!

The encyclopedia includes an outline for every single chapter in the book. Since I write thrillers, I include the cliff hanger for each chapter in the outline. Only after I have written the outline for each chapter do I start writing the book. After I have written the outlines, writing the book becomes easy. I already know what's going to happen, so I just...write it!

Writing the outlines are the hardest part. This is where I need to generate the plot, expand on characters, and create excitement and suspense. Coming up with cliff hangers for each chapter is tricky, but doable. Personally, I might get stuck on a chapter, and not know how I want to generate suspense. If this happens, I drop what I'm doing and come back to it later. If I force it, it won't be as creative, and good ideas normally pop into my head randomly throughout the day. If I'm lucky, it's not when I'm driving down the highway with no paper or pen.

The further I get into the story, the easier it gets. I find that the more exciting the story gets, the more excited I am to write it. Since I spend so much time with the characters I create, I become very attached to them, and can express their personalities extreme accuracy as the book goes on.

I guess my 2 cents of advice that works for me would be: be organized in your story telling. Make sure you write down all your reference material so you don't get stuck trying to remember character names and relationships while you put your great ideas onto paper. If you are truly emotionally attached to your story, your mind will automatically regurgitate it onto paper.

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