Nicki, we get it; writer’s block can be real… and real discouraging. It can happen for a variety of reasons. It may be that you have an idea of what your book is going to be or say, but you need help organizing your thoughts. It may be that you’re putting too much pressure on yourself to get everything perfect the first time around. Or it may be that you’re having a hard time sitting down to do it because, well, it’s just easier not to.
Here are a few solutions that we’ve used to overcome writer’s block:
1. Overcome Writer’s Block with Training
Find a trainer or coach or program that can walk you through the organization process—how to outline it, what elements to include and questions to ask yourself about your book. In our last issue, Chris mentioned two ways to boost your writing this year, the first was writer’s conferences. Several are available online, and they offer training by successful writers.
2.Overcome Writer’s Block by Managing your Expectations
Instead of thinking that you need to get your book perfect from the start, embrace the fact (and this is true for all writers) that editing is your friend. Focus on writing your book to start with. This is only your rough draft, and it’s the hardest part. You can always go back and rewrite and edit and build your book into a beautiful finished product. One of Gena’s favorite mantras is: Editing is where the magic happens.
3.Overcome Writer’s Block with Support
Every writer needs a tribe, a group of people who understands your drive to write and how difficult the process can be. The easiest way to find one is online. Social media sites have groups, ones that will fit your stage of life, locale or genre. These can boost your writing. You’ll meet other writers who are tackling their books too and facing the same issues you are. Together, you’ll be able to encourage each other, bounce ideas of each other, and even hold each other accountable for due dates and progress. (One word of caution with these groups–don’t compare yourself. Yes, these people can become your tribe. They can be just the extra oomph you need to get your book written, but your path and your progress is your own.) Another tribe-finding option is your local library. These are great gathering places for writers to meet, either in person or virtually.
We wish you well, Nicki, on overcoming your writer’s block and finishing your book. Please keep us posted on your progress. And if you (or anyone else) has a specific question on writing your first book, let us know. We’ll try to help answer your question.