Want to know about my writing process? Read on!
How can I become a better writer?
Read. Read as much as you can. And write. Your writing doesn’t have to be the Great American Novel. You can write for a few minutes a day. But you have to write regularly to build up stamina and improve. You use muscles to write and those muscles need a workout.
Do you have a regular writing practice?
Sometimes. Sometimes I get into a groove and I’m motivated to sit down every day and work on a particular work-in-progress. But just as often, I’m sidetracked by normal, everyday things like dishes and taking my kids to sports practices and I get out of my groove.
How can I overcome writer’s block?
First of all, I’m not 100 percent sure that that’s a thing. But when I am stuck revising the same page over and over again, or things just aren’t flowing I sometimes:
- Go for a walk or a run. Something about physically moving sometimes jogs something loose in my brain.
- Take a shower. Some of my best story ideas have come to me there.
- Talk to a friend about the story and ask for feedback. Often, just talking it out will help me see where I might have mental blinders on about a character or a story.
- Take a nap. Sometimes I solve plot issues in my sleep.
When all else fails, I put the story away for a while and let it breathe. Usually it needs fresh eyes and some time away helps me see where it needs to go.