Types of Writer’s Block and How to Overcome Them

No connection with what you are writing about.

“I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done.”

― Steven Wright

If I sat down and started writing about soldiers trudging through waist deep mud and the decaying bodies of their enemies towards the luminous halo of victory, it would be a hot mess. Even if I did mounds of research and Reconnaissance It would still turn out terribly. I don’t connect with military fiction, or nonfiction for that matter. I have no desire to write or read that style and genre of literature. So I stay away from it.

This is the obvious one. If you don’t like something, why would you try and write about it? Continue reading “Types of Writer’s Block and How to Overcome Them”

Types of Writer’s Block and How to Overcome Them

Insufficient information or research

 

“Drunk on research, exhilarated by arcane details”

― Sheridan Hay, The Secret of Lost Things

 

If you don’t know about what you are writing, then how can you know what you are writing?

Writing a coherent and convincing story relies heavily on the amount of research times that you have put in. Whether you are writing about an inner-city romance or an alien planet, research will be your best friend. The more information you accumulate the more convincing your story will become. Continue reading “Types of Writer’s Block and How to Overcome Them”

Types of Writer’s Block and How to Overcome Them

A ‘lack’ of imagination

“What I fear most, I think, is the death of the imagination.”

― Sylvia Plath

So you start slamming away at those keys, writing your heart out but then you stop. You realise that you’ve read this before. That you are simply rewriting an old tired concept and not even making it better. The fact it that there are millions of novels and the probability of creating something new and never seen or read before is very slim. The key is to make it your own. Continue reading “Types of Writer’s Block and How to Overcome Them”