Today’s Writing Tip

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Here’s another cure for writer’s block: Design some memes to use on social media to promote your work, whether for existing books or your WIP. Sometimes the visual stimulation coupled with creating matching phrases can be the boost to your imagination you need to get back to writing.

If nothing else, go to Pixabay or wherever you get your graphics, and download a few that work well with your story. The visual stimulation never hurts, whether you’re looking for landscapes that represent your settings or people who look like your characters. Often when you figure out what to say on each one it helps you get back to writing your story.

Today’s Writing Tip

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Another remedy for “writer’s block” is to read a book about writing. I recently read “Emotional Beats” by author Nicholas Rossis. While it didn’t necessarily help move my story forward, it gave me a plethora of ideas for polishing what I already had. In the process of doing that, I got back my momentum and was able to move forward with the story.

This book particularly focuses on capturing emotion. This is where “showing” and not “telling” really counts. If you have trouble with this, which can be particularly challenging for new writers, I highly recommend Rossis’ book. There’s also an excellent section on analogies as well as a few parts that are loaded with useful synonyms for over-used words like walking.

You can find it on Amazon here.

Today’s Writing Tip

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If you get stuck, a.k.a. “writer’s block”, there are numerous ways to get out. One way I’ve found is to let my characters take over the story. Just start writing and see what they do. Even if it’s something you edit out later, at least it keeps the ball rolling.

I had this happen to me recently in my WIP. I really didn’t know what was going to happen next, so I just let my characters have a conversation. The next thing I knew, they had figured it out.

This probably sounds weird, unless you’re an author, in which case you can probably relate. Writing a novel is a cooperative venture between you and your characters. If you get stuck, call a meeting with them and find out what they think. You’ll be surprised what they can come up with. Just don’t tell your non-author friends because they might think you’re ready for the funny farm. However, if they know you well enough, they probably already have that opinion. 🙂