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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Carpe Diem, Crap Breaks Writer's Block

I broke the writer's block by sitting down and typing crap crap crap carpe diem crap and then I went on to write 4000 words.

My 96,300 word horror anthology is finished. You've heard of Circle of Friends -- I called it Circle of Fiends then realized my readers would think I'd made a typo. So it's Circle of Devils. Will be submitted in March to Imajin Books for their consideration. Writer's block now broken. Another author came up with the same idea. Good article on writing and distractions.

These were my solutions:
  • My publisher advised me to set the book aside for one week
  • On another suggestion I sat down and typed anything to get started
  • Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, anything to break the ice
  • Just write
  • A deadline helps
  • Are you simply burned out? Give it a rest
  • Go for a walk or workout
  • Have a hot shower
  • A cup of tea
  • Read something similar to the genre you're writing
  • Read something pertinent to the subject you're interested in
  • Write a poem
  • Listen to music
  • Dance like nobody's watching. Chances are nobody is.
  • Read for pleasure, read for interest, read for knowledge, read your Kindle
  • Go to the library
  • Go to a used bookstore
  • Go to a thrift shop
  • Go shopping but don't use your credit card
  • Get a cool exercise book at the dollar store and write your goals and plans in it
  • Write an outline of what you'd like to say
  • Call a friend
  • Sleep
  • Dream about it
  • Take a notebook with you and jot down ideas
  • Write in your own handwriting on a pad of yellow foolscap
  • Write in the park on your laptop
  • Write in a cafe while drinking a latte
  • Go to a conservatory if it's winter and smell the roses, walk around
  • If it's summer go to a park or for a walk
  • Jog or run
  • Lift weights
  • Watch a movie
  • Forget about it for a day, a week, or if you have a deadline, then:
  • Just write anything and the juices will start to flow. You can always edit later.

Good luck. Life is short, seize the carp!


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