Ever feel like the one-size-fits-all solutions just don't work for writer's block? Well, allow me to entertain this idea: that there is more than one type of writer's block and each type has its own solutions. Let's look at the most common causes.

  1. I'm bored. The solution to this depends on whether you are bored with the book or the scene.
  • If you're bored with the book, you may not have a complex enough plot to keep yourself engaged (look up "Braiding Storylines" on Writers' Digest. They have great articles on how to make a deep and complex plot.)

  • If it's just the scene you're bored with, make a note to finish it later and skip ahead to the scene you want to write next. You can come back later and finish the one you're bored with. Plus, skipping and coming back to this scene allows you to look at it with fresh eyes, which is always a good idea.

  1. I'm writing junk. This is a more complex problem, and there could be multiple causes.
  • You're just working too hard on this project. Take a week-long break (no longer, or else you may never come back to the project). Often this can help you look at it with fresh eyes.

  • You're being overly critical of your work. In this case, learn how to type as a skill (typingclub.com has a great course). This will allow you to be able to type with your eyes closed. Do that, or if you're a handwriter, put a piece of cardstock over the line you've already written as you go so you can't see what you've already done. You can edit that all later on in the writing process.

  1. I have no new ideas. First look at the first two solutions above to make sure that it's not caused by boredom or a lack of stamina. If not:
  • Assess the character. Do you care about them? Maybe you could take their character arc further.

  • Take a walk. This will usually end up freeing your mind to explore your ideas mentally.

  • (My personal favorite): Ask yourself: What is the worst possible thing that could happen to our main character right now? If you can't think of any ideas, write down what isn't the worst possible thing that could happen till the actual answer to the first question comes to mind. Sometimes the best ideas come through reverse thinking.

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Add more causes and solutions if you have any!

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