Think of writer's block as a symptom, not a condition that can’t be remedied. When we’re stuck and can’t get to our creative work, there’s usually a reason — and therefore a way to move forward.
If you’re experiencing a block and can’t seem to work on your novel, try the following:
Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths. Connect.
How do you feel?
Nervous because you’re coming up on a tough scene?
Starting to wonder why you embarked on this project?
Bored with sticking to your thorough outline and not wanting to admit it?
Feel what you’re feeling without attaching or rationalizing or arguing. Now, refocus on your breath. Imagine gentle snow or waves. When you’re calm inside, grab a notebook and pen (computers can amplify pressure instead of opening room for free scribbling) and write without stopping for three minutes, starting with the prompt, “I’m not blocked because…” After that, go for another three minutes, using, “The path back to my writing looks like…” Let yourself go. Let your hand tell you whatever you need to hear.
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