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Writer's Block - When the Excuse Is That There's No Time

April 12, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 89

It's the classic reason why books don't get started let alone completed. And yet without putting time in nothing happens.

Here are my own personal tips.

1. Admit to yourself you are not going to make time. Important to own this choice.

2. Carry a small note pad and favourite pen. For me it's a pencil.

3. Wherever I am and there is time I pose a question and then answer it. On any form of public transport, waiting for someone in a car, cafe, kids playground.

- Here are examples of possible questions.

1. What's my main characters name. And therefore where did his parents come from and how did they meet.

2. What did my main character eat that day and what impact does that food have on him - Indigestion, toothache, are so much he/she needs to go to the gym.

3. What clothes is he/she wearing and why.

Then the bigger questions:

What's the story about? What is the theme and why do you want to write about this story. What inspired you to write this story. What do you want the reader to learn. If you had to describe the story in 1 minute, or 1 paragraph what would you say.

4. Now you have to find some time. Are you someone, like me, who needs to be in a busy place to write, or are you someone who has to be in a silent room. Now go to that space for just half an hour 3 times a week. Even if you don't write anything. Go to that space with your computer or paper and pen and write anything or copy the notes you have written whilst in transit.

Writer's block is a pre-requisite for any brave person attempting to write. It's not the end of a person's writing career, it's the beginning of the journey to becoming a writer.

And you can combat it. It's not difficult. If you're willing to battle your mind and shut it down by doing exactly the opposite that it is telling you. For now it is telling you there is no time. But there is always some time to write something down. If you follow the above bullet points and push through, like me you will find that suddenly you start to make it happen. Three books later, I still have to follow the above and push those moments when it seems I will ever write again.

Alba Lewishttp://www.albalewis.com

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