The Dreaded Block

Random Thoughts

“The words may be on a break. But they’ll
be back. They always come back.”
Returning

I’m often asked about writer’s block. What to do? How to overcome it? How long will it last? These are all good questions, but they only really need one answer. Keep writing. Every day.

You may feel uninspired, like nothing you put on paper or type on the screen holds any value, but odds are, there is something there. Don’t delete them or throw them away. And the worst thing you can do is to put the pen away and do nothing.

There’s millions of things you can try to wake up your muse, but even if your mind comes up blank, you should write something. Even if it’s only a journal of what happened during your day.

My first fiction novel, Just Breathe, was based on a dream. Back then, I tended to forget my dreams and move on, but I was fortunate enough to journal the next day, and my mind kept going back to that scene. My focus shifted, and the story began to unfold. So, lovelies, don’t ignore your muse when it stirs, you might miss something incredible.

© Sarah Doughty

In the comments, let me know what you do to overcome creative blocks.

3 thoughts on “The Dreaded Block

  1. I hate it when my Muse takes a break! The best remedy for me is just to force myself to write an 11 word Elfchen whenever I think I’m feeling blocked – five line poem consisting of
    line one = one word
    line two = two words
    line three = 3 words
    line four = 4 words
    line five = one word

    The only rule is the first and last line cannot be the same. Short, Sweet and simple. It seems to help.

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