How I Survived Writer’s Block

Recently I was stuck. Not sure why. I could have been scared or had writer’s block. Who knows? The thing is I pulled out of it and I’m going to share how it happened.

A colleague asked for a proofreader. I volunteered. I do this often, so remember that if you need someone to read for you. Anyway, as I’m reading this lovely story about dragons, I felt inspired to revisit my project.

I landed up hopping between both projects. A bit for her and a bit for me. Turned out I’d get tired trying to revise my work for several hours at a time without a break.

a change is as good as a rest.

― Winston S. Churchill

I’m almost at the point to shout out for beta readers. Yep, here I go again asking if anyone is interested in reading. Symbiotic Slip will be ready in January. If you like to give it a go sign up below:



28 responses to “How I Survived Writer’s Block

  1. Interesting. I really need to hop between projects right now (two different books, one in a read-over and the other needing a rewrite) and I find it impossible. I wish I could work on two different books at once.

    Glad you beat your block!

  2. Started preparing for the writing challenge I’m taking part in January. So did some spring cleaning in my file folders and realized I have a lot of shorts stored away. Some are complete and in need of revising. Others are still in the idea pupa stage. If I get stuck during the challenge, might pull a leaf out of your book, hop between projects by rewriting/revising a short(s).

  3. Happy you got unstuck. It is such a relief when that happens.

  4. Great advice. Something about being too close to the trees to see the forest – changing perspective does help. Good for you for breaking out!

  5. Glad you got unstuck! I usually like to move among one bigger project and a few smaller ones. Keeps those creative juices flowing. πŸ™‚

  6. That’s a great and timely tip, Anna. I am supposed to be proofreading and making notes in a friend’s first draft right now, but I don’t seem to find the time. Yet, I am not motivated to start my own second draft, so I will take your advice and try to do both the coming weeks. If distractions allow me. πŸ™‚

    • Good luck. I hope you have the same happy results I did. πŸ™‚

      Just a note: I did try to find your post but I need a link. I have a feeling that I visit I just don’t where it is.

  7. Great idea to go between two projects to give your mind time to chew on your story. Glad it worked!

  8. So that’s the secret!! I know when I was stuck on a novel, I began writing short stories and that seemed to give me a good break one summer. Then I hit the ms again and the words flowed. Best wishes with finishing your project in January.!!

  9. Hooray for getting out of your writers block. You also reminded me that I’m working on beta reading for a friend. I was doing good and reading a chapter daily, but then got distracted by knitting.

  10. I’m in the middle of a beta read and editing another or I’d be glad to help. Darn it. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

  11. What an interesting way to get over writer’s block. I had a four year period after my husband died where I couldn’t write until this summer. But I got a contract writing job after I got laid as an attorney from my job. And that really helped my writing. And time to get re-excited about things that used to make me happy.

  12. Hello girl
    it’s been forever since I’ve been here
    anyway, Happy 2018
    Hope the next year comes full of good books and lots of writing
    Ruty @Reading…Dreaming

  13. Hi Anna. I always believe it’s a good idea to pay a professional editor before submitting. Publishers these days don’t like to invest much in new authors. I wish you well all the same.

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