At one point or another, you may feel as if you cannot write or as if the story is not flowing quite the way it is supposed to flow. You may think that you have been plagued by writer’s block (or artist’s block) and when you try to work on your novel or art, you cannot go back to it, as if something prevents you from it. I have been there and what I found out was that it was not so much of a writer’s block, but more of a conflict with a particular part of the story. It may be a character, beliefs, philosophy, or even a particular scene. Somehow, you have an internal reaction or “a problem” with it. It may be that you do not agree with something that you happen to be writing, but know that you have to write, whether it is to keep the story going, or by mere inspiration. When you feel that you are stuck with the story, take a break and ponder about the last thing you wrote. Take notice of how you feel about it, and if an internal bell rings. This is a sign that you have something to work on (on yourself) before proceeding ahead with the story. The way I see it (and this is only by my experience with this) is that you either,
- acknowledge it and ignore it, meaning that you know the bug is there but you will ignore it and keep writing; however, it will come back along the way, impeding total free flow of your writing.
- take a short break, acknowledge it, ponder it, and make peace with it. I find that just because I may not agree with something in my story, that does not mean that I am selling out my beliefs. In the case of an internal conflict that one of your characters or scenes brings up, acknowledge it, try to find the link between your conflict and the story, understand it and move on.
The main thing here is that by recognizing that there is an internal conflict you are looking in a mirror, and therefore, are starting to open the flow of your writing once more. The mere act of looking at that reflection in the mirror is going to help unblock your writing. At least for me, it works that way.
Hope this tip is of any help.
4 thoughts on “Use a Mirror to Manage Writer’s Block”
This reminds me a little of what an art teacher of mine told me once – when I was struggling with a drawing – that’s it’s most often the area in your drawing that you feel IS working that is really the problem. I’ve found this to be true again and again. Not sure how that relates to writing 😉 – but in my own mind there feels like a connection. Thank you for these tips!
I can see what you mean. Glad you enjoyed the post 🙂
I\have a novel on the go, yet I have been stuck for a while. You have inspired me to look at it again from another angle. I feel I have gone too far from my original plan. I need to regroup and reclaim my writing. I know it needs to be more of me.
I am glad that you found this post useful. Hope that everything flows well with your novel.
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