But…There Are No More Words Inside My Head!

22 Apr

If you are an aspiring writer, or even if you have been writing and hopefully, publishing your work for many years, you will I’m sure have had the dreaded writers block or “There are no more words inside my head” moment. I have lost count of the times it has happened to me. How would I advise anyone when it happens? well, first of all, don’t panic! second, go and make yourself a nice cup of tea, coffee, or whatever, make yourself comfy again and write. Yes, that’s what I said, write. The best way to overcome writer’s block is to write. Before you swear at your computer, and think I am talking out of my generously proportioned backside, hold on a cotton picking minute.
I am not telling you to write a work of such phenomenally talented witty prose that Oscar Wilde would be writhing in his grave with sheer envy. You can write complete and utter tosh, so long as you DO WRITE SOMETHING! I read recently that you can always edit rubbish, but you can’t edit a blank page, and it really is true. I firmly believe that if you hit a blank spot, it is no good waiting for inspiration to strike. You have to carry on writing.
There are various little excersises you can try in order to get your creative juices going again. Try looking at a picture, or postcard, even a photograph in a newspaper, without reading the story that goes with it. Think about what you think is the story behind the image, then try and create your own little story about it and write it down.
You could start by writing along these lines; “The woman was wearing a blue dress.”
Then ask your self how does the dress look? Ok, try again; “The beautiful young woman with the flawless complexion and waist length corn coloured hair wore a floor length gown of turquoise blue. As she walked elegantly across the ballroom floor, the ripples of material seemed to lap the parquet flooring, like waves gently lapping against a sandy beach” ….get my drift? you can always embelish any sentence.
Sit down and begin to write. Have a break. Reread what you have written. Make changes. Make more changes.
I often get asked “How do you find things to write about?” and I tell them that I am a nosy parker! I listen to people, I eavesdrop on complete strangers conversations. It’s true, and, if you want to write, you should be doing it, too. Listen to folk chat at a bus stop, in a shop. Use the way they talk in your dialogue. Watch television series and soaps, read as many books as you can. When characters speak to each other, do their conversations ring true? are they believable? could you imagine YOUR friends etc speaking in that manner? does the conversation flow, or is it stilted, far fetched? ask yourselves these questions and remember it when you write your own character dialogue.
I hope this advise will help you. Please feel free to comment, or ask me any questions. I will try my best to reply.


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