SNM149: Breaking Through Writer’s Block

You're sitting there staring at a blank page. Seconds turn into minutes and then into hours.  You can feel your life force fading away as your dream novel turns into a living nightmare.  Is there any way to escape this mental prison?

A Dose of Reality

Writer's block only comes when you decide to procrastinate.

If you are writing a book by the seat of your pants and “even you don't know how it's going to end,” then it is your fault that you ran out of ideas.

I hate to do it, but you need a little tough love.

You tried to cut some corners and now they are cutting you back.

Whenever I hit a wall in my writing, it's when I find a blank space in an outline.

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Deal with it Now

In the moment, it can feel like an absolute nightmare and you hate me for giving you some tough love.

But if I don't, you might run into this wall over and over again in the future.

Once we diagnose the root of the problem, we can avoid a relapse in the future.

Start working on another chapter or project. That is the easiest way to get past this blockage.

I always have multiple projects on the go to allow me to hop around and keep my mind happy.

When you start to lose interest in a project, the writing gets a lot harder.

Sometimes you just need to cleanse your palette.

Plan for the Future

Be fastidious in your planning and research for your next project.

It's hard to go from writing back to the researching phase.

It can feel like taking a step back and through your entire machine off-kilter.

Make your outline one step deeper and see if that solves the problem.

Often adding one more layer to your mind maps is all it takes to make writer's block a thing of the past.

If not, use the rest of the techniques in today's episode.

Show Notes:


Key Points:

  1. Start working on something else to cleanse the palate
  2. Make your outlines one step deeper
  3. Use free-form writing exercises to release your mind

Resources Mentioned:

20K a Day

Kindle Book Description Generator

Breaking Orbit

Serve No Master on Amazon


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