Writer’s Block – Stuck On One Character

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Writing can be so exciting when your fingers and brain cooperate. When you are feeling the momentum kicking in and suddenly your realize you are in writing bliss. Whether you are writing from an outline or from the hip completing a specified word count is great. Okay, so you’re typing away and this character starts nagging you. Before you know it you’re stuck. You can’t believe it. The character was perfect in your head, you had the scene down. Now, nothing is working and your character has fizzled. Writer’s block has set in.

Don’t let this become a dilemma or even the demise of your project. Step back for a moment and determine if you really need this character. Review your manuscript and read it as if the character were not there at all. Another option would be to start writing without the character. Just try it for one or two pages. If all else fails put the project on a back burner and work on something else until the fog clears. These are just a few examples of curing writer’s block. Happy writing!

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7 comments on “Writer’s Block – Stuck On One Character

  1. Thanks for stopping by Greg. You are absolutely right. Each writer should give themselves permission to write a crappy first draft.

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  2. Thanks for stopping by Greg. You are absolutely right. Each writer should give themselves permission to write a crappy first draft.

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  3. Great advice, Kristi and Joan.

    Another strategy that works for me is to just write. Let the character be who he or she wants to be. If it’s your first draft, follow Anne Lamott’s advice and give yourself permission to write a “crappy” first draft. Then there are no wrong turns.

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  4. Thanks for linking to my blog post, “Get Rid of Your Writer’s Block.” I appreciate it. Take your character on a ride in your car or for a nice long walk and let them tell you the story of his life and what’s holding him back, what’s making him angry, what’s making him afraid. Write it all down. Maybe that’ll help.

    Joan Y. Edwards
    http://www.joanyedwards.wordpress.com

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