How to Block Writer's Block
ACCORDING TO WEBSTER: Writer's block is a condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work.
A common cause of writer’s block is a simple loss of critical memory at a critical time. You can’t remember an idea or perhaps a crucial person’s name, or the name of a certain town, or an important phone number. You bog down. You spend precious time agonizing over just the right word or idea. You lose your train of thought. Time goes by. You’re stuck. What to do?
One effective solution is to ignore the problem. Simply and completely put it out of your mind. How? Red X’s!! You type a half dozen XXXXXX and plow on. You know the missing name, place, idea or whatever will come to you eventually. When it does, go to find, type in the red xxxxx’s, make the change and proceed.
It’s impossible to run out of plots. Each newspaper, every day has enough ideas in it for several novels. What works for me? Get away from your computer. Read newspapers, look for ideas. Never forget, every single word, sentence, paragraph or idea in your novel comes from your memory or research. You and your story are a product of your accumulated memories of incidents either seen, read or heard about.
THERE IS NO REASON YOU CAN’T ADD TO THOSE MEMORIES TODAY OR TOMORROW TO ADVANCE YOUR STORY BY ACTIVELY SEARCHING FOR NEW INCIDENTS. IT’S CALLED RESEARCH.
Whatever you do, don’t lose your train of thought over a word or anything else.
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Richard L. Wren
IN HIS NEW CAREER AS AN AUTHOR, RICHARD DESCRIBES HIMSELF AS TALL, DARK, HANDSOME AND A LIAR. A FOURTH GENERATION CALIFORNIAN, A SAILOR, FATHER OF FOUR BEAUTIFUL AND SUPPORTIVE DAUGHTERS, AND HUSBAND TO ONE OF THE BEST WIVES OF ALL TIME. [MORE]