Riotous Scribe Lynda Renham Talks Writer’s Block

LR photoDiane Morasco: Lynda, let’s talk about writer’s block. How do you deal with it? What are your tips and tricks?

Lynda Renham: There is only one answer to writer’s block in my opinion and that’s food. Not the best answer. I usually raid the fridge and cupboards. When that doesn’t work I go for a walk and then I write anything. There is usually some gold dust to be found in the debris.

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Phenomenal Storyteller Vivi Dumas Talks Writer’s Block

Vivian-Brick-Wall-close-upDiane Morasco: Vivi, let’s talk about writer’s block. How do you deal with it? What are your tips and tricks?

Vivi Dumas: Ugggh! I’m really bad at managing writer’s block. Usually, I try different things until something clicks. Here are some things that have worked for me in the past:

• Put the piece away and work on something else
• Write a different scene
• Change POV’s – maybe I’m looking at it through the wrong eyes
• Take a break – a lot of times my writer’s block is because there are too many other things going on. It might be better to just get the other stuff off your plate to clear your mind.
• Keep writing. You can’t fix a blank page but if you keep writing you might have something you can mold into something better.

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Renowned Scribe Parris Afton Bonds Talks Writer’s Block

At the Top of Huayna PicchuDiane Morasco: Let’s talk about writer’s block. How do you deal with it? What are your tips and tricks?

Parris Afton Bonds: This is a two-parter. 1.)  I write, poop or not. If I have no clue to where I am going with a story, I might write, “The grass is green.” Then I must ask myself, “Well, Parris, why is the grass green? A writer has to get SOMETHING on the page/screen in order to ‘grow’ a story.

2.) I research; perhaps that’s why I love writing historicals, sagas, and historical romances. Facts fire off my brain’s neural light switch ~ all sorts of why/what-if questions now MUST be addressed.

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Overcoming Writer’s Block 101

writing-tips memoFirst off, stop making that face. Second, stop making that face at me. You know there is a chance your mug may freeze like that. *Giggle* And you, stop rolling your eyes. Yeah, cookie cakes, you. Believe it or not, I’m not trying to throw you off your game, mess with your mojo or wish you a nasty case of writer’s block. I am going to share a few tips and tricks on how to deal with the barricade writers’ encounter instead of downing Tylenol®, reaching for the Puffs Plus® or banging their noggins on the wall.
At some point in their lives many writers will suffer from writer’s block. The causes for writer’s block run the gamut from apprehension to distress to life’s ebbs and flows to launching or concluding a project to page fright. It seems just about anything can cause that incapacitating sense of frustration and terror. Grrr!

Have no fear, cookie cakes, there are a sundry of ways to slay writer’s block, just remember to BREATHE! Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale.

Ready? Here we go!

  • Implement a writing schedule.
  • Slice out an interval to write and write. Do not skip your scheduled writing time even if nothing flows.
  • Just write. Editing comes later.
  • Set deadlines and keep them.
  • Work on more than one project at a time.
  • Take time off if you’ve just completed a project…and congratulate yourself. Congratulations to you!
  • Remember your writing is your livelihood, NOT your hobby.
  • Start thinking of your writing as a job, and not a whim.
  • Remember why you started to write in the first place.

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