Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where the ladies at YA Highway post a weekly writing- or reading-related question for participants to respond to on their own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.
Today’s Topic: How do you beat writer’s block?
Oh, there are many ways…
1. I eat. Sometimes healthfully. Sometimes not. Often Bottle Caps, my
drug candy of choice.
2. I read. Books on craft. Young adult fiction. Entertainment Weekly. Whatever.
3. I exercise. Run, walk, bike, yoga–anything weather appropriate.
4. I hang with my daughter. We color. We play Princess. We make beaded necklaces. Anything creative and fun.
5. I brainstorm with my husband. His ideas are almost always random and unusable, but he’s an amazing sounding board. Very supportive.
6. I write drivel. I type out sweeping descriptions of the setting. I fill in backstory. I let my characters have meaningless conversations. Sometimes they just make-out. This stuff almost always gets the cut, but it often helps to get good words flowing.
7. And, perhaps most helpfully, I plot. Or replot. Because when I’m blocked, it’s usually because I’ve taken a wrong turn. I’ve written something wrong earlier on, and that something needs to be identified and corrected.
And those, my friends, are my magical cures for writer’s block. I’m curious…how do you beat writer’s block?