Set a goal of five or ten first sentences. Make sure that each sentence is really different. A different approach to the topic, not just a re-working of the words. Treat the process as a game and don't judge yourself. Just get the words on paper, then go back and try to find the best one.
Guess what? There IS going to BE a best one. There may even be a couple "best ones." And, besides, you've started writing, which was the whole idea in the first place.
When I'm stuck, I jot down a great mess of sentences and phrases vaguely connected with what I'm trying to say. The exercise gets the juices flowing again.
4. CREATE A PLACE
YOU LIKE TO BE
When writing anything, you've got to work consistently. Surround yourself with things you like to see and create an environment in which you feel secure and happy. If you create a place you like to be, you're much more likely to be there. The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.
I wrote KILL CUE, my first mystery novel, from 5 to 7 each morning. At 9 am, I returned to my office to do my magazine article writing. It took me eight months, but I wrote my first novel in only two hours a day. The key is consistency.
6. CHANGE YOUR SCENE. Take your laptop and spend the afternoon at the library, the mall, or in a hotel lobby, writing with mild chaos going on around you. Or try writing at a different time of day. That sort of change might get you out of your rut. At least it'll make you so glad to get back to your routine that you'll be eager to write.
7. READ YOUR WRITING If you can't get rolling, look back over what you wrote the day before. It might get you moving again. Or read things you've written in the past. If you decide that these old pieces are pretty good, you might get inspired to return to writing.
8. READ OTHER WRITING You can profit from reading both good books and bad books. Reading good writers makes you itch to get back to the typewriter. The bad ones make you angry enough to go to work and show them how it's done. Don't worry about the possibility of stealing something. Each author is unique. Try the rest of your life and you will never write exactly like anyone else. You're going to write like you no matter whose books you read.
9. READ ABOUT WRITING When I decided to write for a living, I spent an entire summer reading two dozen books on writing. When you're stalled out on what you're writing, one way to fight the block is to read about writing. Learn your craft. Get better at it. You can never learn everything there is to know. But everything you learn makes you a better writer.
You have a unique talent. If you find excuses not to write, when you have the talent to do it, shouldn't you feel guilty? You've been given a skill that most people do not have. You are a writer. You should write. You need to use your gift. Shame on you if you don't.
You may have days when you write well, and days when you write badly.
But there's never a day you CANNOT write at all.
So, the best way to beat writer's block is to pretend that writer's block doesn't exist and just keep on writing.
Above from the book NOVEL SECRETS,
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