Heya, TWNers! Issabelle here to introduce the first post in our very first writers’ rally! TWN is kicking-off National Novel Writing Month with back-to-back posts featuring authors, bloggers, and more! And we’re inviting YOU to join us. Tune in every day for the next two weeks with new posts full of writing tips, advice, and encouragement. Posts go live at 6:00 EST, and if you’re not already, make sure to subscribe to Teen Writers’ Nook via email to receive a notification when the next post goes live. (Form can be found to the right if on a computer or at the bottom of the page if on a mobile device.) And make sure to stay until the end of the post for information about the giveaway running through the entire event!
Now, I am SO excited to introduce my amazing sister, fellow writer, and the girl doomed to join in on all my crazy ideas whether she wants to or not. Katherine has some AWESOME tips to share with you all today that will help you the next time you face-off against that dreaded writer’s block. Katherine is an author of YA fantasy and has been featured in TWO anthologies, plus she is the co-editor for TWN’s Imagine. I believe this writerly genius needs no other introduction, so let’s have a round of applause for Teen Writers’ Nook’s one and only Kathereine Perry! Whose name I just realized I spelled wrong because I am typing too fast. XD
*Katherine jumps in* Can you go back and spell it right?
Hello fellow writers, and welcome to the Teen Writers’ Rally!!!! I am so excited to be starting off this event for you all!! I hope that the rally will encourage you and get you excited to write for NaNoWriMo!!!
To start off this rally, I will be sharing three ways you can “kick” out writer’s block.
These are some tricks that have helped me, so I decided to share them in case they can help you. I hope you enjoy the post. 🙂 <3
#1: Push through it. Over the summer, I participated in Go Teen Writers’ 100-for-100 writing challenge and was in an accountability group with a couple of friends who challenged the group to write Every. Single. Day. It was the first time I had written for a hundred days straight. Last year when I did the 100-for-100, I used a grace day every week and even used the one grace week. So not missing any days this year was definitely tricky, but I learned something from it. About halfway into the challenge, I was COMPLETELY TIRED of my novel. I wanted to be done and move on to something else. But I made myself keep working at it to stay in the challenge, and once I got near the end of the challenge, I felt excited over my novel again. So to sum up, write even when you don’t feel like it. When you write even in the moments of not feeling like it, you get something down on paper. It doesn’t have to be good, you just want to get it down. Continuing to write allows you to make progress and prevent “writer’s block” from keeping you from working. (Side note: Don’t push through the writer’s block to the point of burnout. Understand when it is absolutely necessary to break from writing.)
#2: Write sloppy. When you let go of perfectionism and allow yourself to write SlOpPy and MeSsY, you can get so much writing done. Perfectionism sometimes holds us back and may be the cause of our writer’s block in the first place. Remember, you can edit your writing later. This is something I remind myself of all the time so I don’t have to stress over if what I am writing sounds good. And if it makes it easier, don’t reread what you just wrote until after some time has passed and you’re ready to edit. To conclude, give yourself the freedom to write sloppily and it may help you overcome writer’s block.
#3 Skip ahead. Sometimes when I write, I skip the scenes I am either least interested in or haven’t planned enough of and move on to the ones that are more planned and more interesting. For example, when I was writing Behind the Blade, Without the Wings over the summer, I came to a point where I wasn’t quite sure what needed to happen before Palladin was captured. Additionally, I was also more excited to write the scenes with Palladin’s capture because the tension would pick up. So in the space between where I had last written and Palladin’s capture scene, I wrote in brackets something like [blank happens here]. ← (If you have a general idea of what needs to happen, include that in the “blank” spot, such as “so-and-so does such-and-such.”) By doing this, I could move on to what I really wanted to write at that moment while also leaving myself a reminder for later of what I needed to add in. If you write the scenes you are most excited about, you can push writer’s block to the side and keep working on your story. 😉
And those are my three tips for “kicking out” writer’s block.
How do you get rid of writer’s block? Any tips and tricks I should try? Which tip listed above would you like to try? Who’s excited for the rally?? *raises hand*
During the rally (October 24th-November 5th) Teen Writers’ Nook is running a giveaway. Three winners will be chosen and the winners will win their choice of one of the books pictured below. (Imagine anthology is also included, though not pictured.)
Every post you comment on during the rally earns you an extra entry into the giveaway! To enter with this post comment below and tell me: Would you rather be hot or cold?
Tune in tomorrow for Issabelle’s interview with Kara Linaburg!
~ Katherine Perry