Writing Wednesdays: 7 quick fixes for writers’ block

If you're stuck with writing and facing the dreaded writers' block, here are a few quick fixes to get you back to the keyboard.
Some people don’t seem to ‘believe’ in
writers’ block – as you might’ve guessed from previous posts where I’ve talked
about that very topic, though, I’m not one of them. Writers’ block sucks.
I talked before about how you can tackle
it, but today I want to just offer up some quick fixes. On a deadline? Or maybe
you just really want to write but you’re kinda clogged up in terms of
inspiration? Whatever’s eating at you, hopefully something on this list will
help you out.

1. Soundtracks.

The really emotive kind. Think ‘He’s a Pirate’ from Pirates of the Caribbean, or ‘Light of the Seven’ from S6E10 Game
of Thrones (man, it gets me every time), or ‘Buckbeak’s Flight’ from Prisoner
of Azkaban. Anything John Williams is usually a good bet, actually. You can
find great soundtracks on YouTube or Spotify.

2. Iconic scenes.

I mean, this is pretty much the same as
above: browse YouTube for a couple of scenes that always get you. Maybe it’s
Dumbledore’s death and when everyone raises their wands to burn away the Dark
Mark, or maybe it’s an epic fight scene, or your favourite kiss (Emma Swan and
Hook’s first kiss in Neverland, anyone?). If you know there’s something specific you’re struggling with, try to find a great scene with that kind of vibe or situation.

3. If you’ve got a little more time: try a
book, or a movie.

Maybe one you’ve already seen, or maybe
not. Whether it inspires you, or you just lose yourself in it and feel kind of
refreshed afterwards – you’ll probably get something out of it.

4. Writing prompts.

So I’m not saying find a writing prompt and
go with it and create a new story, or anything like that. I mean, sure, if you
want to do that, go for it. But here, I’m talking about browsing writing
prompts (Google, or even look around Tumblr or Pinterest).
Maybe something with resonate with you
because it would really fit with your story where it is. Or, just picture how
your characters might respond in the situation the prompt offers up. Similarly,
you can search around AO3 in your favourite fandom/ship and take a look at some
of the AUs. Maybe you’ll find some inspiration there.

5. Try fancasting your characters.

Who would play your character in a movie?
Compile yourself a little list – complete with photos – and maybe after that
you’ll feel a bit more motivated to work with your characters again.

6. Got an idea for a scene but it doesn’t
come next in the story?

Write it anyway. Maybe you’ll use it, maybe
you won’t. The worst bit about beating writers’ block is trying to overcome it
in the first place. Once you’ve written something, you won’t feel so daunted or
disheartened.

7. Reread what you’ve already got.

The last couple of chapters, or your
favourite scene so far, or right from the start. Something will hit you –
whether it’s something you want to build on or something you want to fix. Or
maybe you’ll just read through to the end and find a couple more paragraphs
worm their way out of you. Hey, at least you’ve written something. Progress is
progress!

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Well, there you go! Seven quick fixes for
writers’ block! What works best for you when you’re trying to beat writers’
block?

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