Nathan Bransford has a few words for us now, about how to handle something he doesn’t believe in. Ah, life’s little secrets – sometimes they seem so overwhelming, and then they turn out to be nothing at all:
by Nathan Bransford
I’m on record saying writer’s block doesn’t exist.
When I say that, I’m not saying that you won’t experience a feeling of idea-lessness or that life circumstances will never get in the way of your writing. Lots of people go through stretches where it is legitimately impossible to write.
What I mean is that most commonly, that feeling of writer’s block is just a feeling that you can actually power through.
When you head down that path, the absolute most helpful thing to do is to figure out the problem. Figure out why you can’t think of an idea. What is it that you’re trying to solve in the book?
Here’s what I mean. I’m at a stage in writing my new novel where I legitimately don’t know what’s going to happen next. And I got stuck. I seriously couldn’t think of what to write next. But rather than stare at the blinking cursor of doom, I started creating structure around the problem.
I know that the main character is currently at Point A, and eventually she’ll need to get to Point B. So I started cataloguing some of the things that need to happen before Point B….