Things I do when I have writer’s block

  1. Obstinately try to get through it (= staring idly at the screen, hands poised over the keyboard.)
  2. Read what I’ve written from at least seven pages back.
  3. Jump ahead to a scene I know I can actually write.
  4. Reorganise my numerous book-related files.
  5. Sulk.
  6. Make hot chocolate while singing. (Night-time + no one around = added bonus)
  7. Blare a bitta Beyonce and dance like a crazy woman. (My sisters sometimes think I’m moving furniture or repeatedly leaping off my bed.)
  8. Listen to mopey music*.  (Recommended for use with number 5.)
  9. Lie in the dark, in silence, under the covers, and imagine scenes from my book.
  10. Abandon ship and work on another book.
  11. Read a new book. Oddly enough, I find my younger sister’s YA fantasy novels ideal in this situation.
  12. Reread and old favourite. Most often it’s Pride and Prejudice.
  13. Draw my characters.
  14. Go wild with acrylic paint. (Rarely resulting in a work of art, but still.)
  15. Prettify myself and go people-watching/ shopping. Friends optional.
  16. Sprawl on the couch and watch a movie or an episode or ten of one of  my shows**.



*Songs may include At My Most Beautiful-REM, Samson and The Call-Regina Spektor, Stop Crying Your Eyes Out-Oasis, Jar of Hearts-Christina Perri,The Reason-Hoobastank, Fix You-ColdplayChasing Cars-Snow Patrol. (I realise these are not overly mopey, but they’re not exactly Shiny Happy People now are they?)


** Shows may include Vampire Diaries (Stefan or Damon, I just don’t know! Both?), Bones (Season 7 Promo had me crying with laughter), Criminal minds (Now that JJ and Prentis are back), Supernatural (Season 7 is disappointing me so far, as much as it pains me to say. CASTIEL! :o), Terra Nova (New show…rawr.)


5 thoughts on “Things I do when I have writer’s block

  1. Barb says:

    These are all great. I suffer more from a lack of drive than a block of ideas. In fact, sometimes it's too many ideas that stop me being productive.Hope your writing is going well, Ro.

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  3. #6 I make coffee, lots and lots of coffee, it doesn’t affect me, so I can make it at 1am and still sleep, it would be the lack of writing that keeps me up. lol
    #9 when I go to bed that night. Brain storming in sleep, it helps.
    #12 My fave is DragonLance Chronicles or Legends
    #15 I’m not big on the prityfying myself, but I will head out for a walk or something away from the house.

    I also:
    Have my eldest child (12yo) help me act out parts
    Have my smaller children play sword fighting and dragon hunting. (I write fantasy)
    and Cook, I like to cook, it helps me think

    • Miniature sword fights and dragon hunting!
      And here I thought children wouldn’t aid writing! How wrong I was.

      I’m sure you know some agents and publishers have a symbol of a dragon with a line through it to say they don’t take fantasy. Their loss! I actually had an epic half-asleep dream about dragons this morning, think it might be my next series!

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