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Friday, March 18, 2011

Friday Five: Five Things to do to Conquer Writer's Block



Every once in a while, all writers face the blank page with dread. Whether or not you believe in writer's block, there are things you can do to get your creative juices flowing. Here are five tips to help you get back in the groove and finish that scene!

1. Exercise. Yeah, I know. But rumor has it, exercise gets your endorphins flowing and endorphins enhance the creative side of your brain.

2. Change your writing scenery. If you normally work on your laptop, try writing with pen and paper. Always indoors? Go outside. Head to a coffee shop or diner for a little outside influence and the buzz of white noise.

3. Skip ahead. Just can't seem to get the scene right? Jot down a few notes and move on. You can come back to it later.

4. Rewrite the scene in another point-of-view. Sometimes the issue is that you're trying to show a scene from one character's viewpoint when another character really wants center stage. Indulge that other character. You never know what might develop.

5. Go to the water. Okay, this might sound weird, but there's something about water that releases creative ions in the brain. Head to the beach, fill a bathtub, take a shower. Ideas will flow like the water!

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