How To Get Around The Block
1) Turns out this one is right on – if you walk away – even for a few minutes – this helps. I have intentionally got up from my desk because I was stuck. I didn’t try and think about the stuck area necessarily, I just walked away. Lo and behold, an idea – sometimes more than one – popped in my head and I was back upstairs in a flash typing away.
2) Get an objective opinion. I’ve talked about the area I can’t get solved to my confidante – my husband – and even though he’s not a reader, he still is a great problem solver – especially when it comes to the dynamics between people and how someone would react. He’s helped me put into perspective what should or shouldn’t happen more times than once and helped to make the scene more realistic.
3) I go for a run. I’ve read and heard that any type of exercise helps to literally “clean out the cobwebs.” Without getting too scientific, there are studies that have shown the cognitive function of the brain improves after exercise. And I am here to attest to the fact that I’ve not only resolved areas I was having a bout of writer’s block, I’ve also thought of new ideas and ways to write about some other part while out on a run. Now, if I could just remember to carry something to write those great ideas down with…
4) This last one I can’t explain. Have a beer. Yes, I admit it, I have committed drinking and writing, and yes I did read it the next day, and it was pretty darn good if I do say so myself! I know I can get a bit keyed up when I’m writing, so maybe it’s a relaxation thing and that loosens up the brain waves so they can flow nice and easy once again. Whatever it is, it works for me.
On a different note – the revision is coming along fine. I re-submitted 88 pages (grew to 88 from the first 55) and the feedback on this revision… “This is much better.” I am now up to page 120 and need to re-work these some more. I anticipate sending this next set around the first to mid July. Here’s to all the revisions still to come and positive vibes from the Editor!