Writer’s block has happened to everyone. Those of you doing NaNoWriMo know each day is important to get words on the page and actually all writers should be penning pages everyday to keep on top of things.
When the going gets tough these are my suggestions to continue production after you’ve hit the writer’s block wall:
- Work on a synopsis
- Work on formatting like page numbers, chapter headings, indents etc.
- Run a spell check, fact checks, and do consistency checks like: Mom vs. mom; numbers 123 vs One Two Three; check place names, street names, and character names.
- Work on your social network, platform, and blog posts.
- Edit backwards: Chapter 26 then Chapter 25 etc. I do this even when I don’t have writer’s/editor’s block. When you’ve read something so many times, like your WIP, it keeps things fresh.
- Work on your title.
Keeping busy while you have writer’s block keeps your very important writing schedule intact (sitting down for an hour or two each day or morning before/after work), it saves time later, and it keeps you efficiently working and accomplishing things instead of beating your head against your keyboard.