This morning I faced the computer screen and all I could see was the vague outline of my own reflection staring back at me. Not a single word sprang to mind, no witty opening lines, inspired paragraphs or sarcasm loaded comments. I have been here before and like most writers, I have developed a tool bag of techniques to help me jump this inevitable hurdle – but today none of them seemed to work. The blank page remained, the intermittent flash of the expectant cursor invited me to throw my thoughts at it, but all I could do was stare at the screen with a dumb look on my face.
So what to do?
This is where this blog comes in. It is said that talking a problem through can help you realise whats causing the issue and help remove the blocks. As I am writing this I am starting to realise that my problem lies in the time that I am devoting to the craft of writing. Quite simply, I am not writing enough! For me, writing is like the flow of water from a crack in a dam – the more I write, the larger the crack gets and before you know it my mind is like a free flowing river with words, ideas, scenes and detailed scene descriptions flowing threw my fingers to the keyboard (I only wish I could type as fast as I think).
My ‘advice’ when faced writers block, is to find something else to write about. It doesn’t matter what it is, just as long as you are putting pen to paper. Look out of the window and describe the scene as if you are looking at it for the first time. Describe the colours, the sky, the smells, the looks on people’s faces – write about everything you see – then after a while go back to your novel and see if the magic starts again
And if all else fails, re-read this post and point out all of my grammatical errors – no prizes for finding them though – this is my blog and I write freely without the watchful eye of an editor.