The Dreaded Writer’s Block

I’ve been writing for most of my life and have never really had a long bout of writer’s block — until the past few months. At first, I chalked it up to the busy-ness of the holidays, then January hit and I had no more excuses. I knew: I was stuck. I had the basic arc of the story in my head. I knew where I wanted to go, but every time I sat down to write I just couldn’t find the next words. Instead, I’d hop online to Facebook or Goodreads, play a few games on Sporcle, or put the computer away to watch reruns of “Sherlock.” I was the queen of distractions.

It didn’t bother me at first. I’d been writing fast and furious for the past few years. I have Book Six completely written and awaiting editing (I don’t always write in order). So, maybe I just needed a break. But that break began dragging on too long and I started to get worried. Maybe I was losing my edge. Maybe I was getting bored. This was different from my journalism days when I’d stare at the blank page waiting to pound out my next newspaper article. In those cases, I had to get my work done. If I’d told my editor I had writer’s block, he would have laughed and told me to get back to work. On a deadline, there is no such thing.

So I made myself write. If I had an idea for a later point in the book, I wrote that part first. Sometimes it was just a few paragraphs. Sometimes in the back of my mind, I knew what I was writing sucked and I was going to have to go back and fix it anyway. But at some point, the gears quit slipping and the story clicked again. Whew!

Now it’s back to work. 

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8 thoughts on “The Dreaded Writer’s Block

    • LOL. Yes, that darn auto correct! I am sorry for the delayed response. I am hard at work on Book 5 but don’t have a release date yet. I’ll post it here when I’m getting close. The good news is that the first draft of Book 6 is done. (I don’t always write in order). So that one should follow quickly. Thanks for reading!!

  1. I am going through this right now. Thank you for the advice! It’s hard to give yourself permission to write crap–I know from experience. But the only way to get past the bump in the road is to keep on truckin’. Thanks again!!

  2. Just dropping by to see how the progress is going on book 5 – waiting with bated breath! (And glad to see you took the plunge and found an e-reader you enjoy!)

    • Thanks, Susan, for the encouragement. I will definitely post when Book 5 is ready. I’m close to finishing the first draft, then time to edit, edit, edit. Would probably go faster if there were more hours in the day. 🙂

  3. Do you have an anticipated date for the release of the next Emily O’Brien bOOK? I am waiting with bated breath!!

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