Ah, writer's block -- the writer's nemesis. I'll let you in on a little secret. I don't really believe in writer's block. It's not a "thing." It's an excuse. It's an excuse I've used, but that doesn't make it any more of a thing.
I'm never short on ideas. So when I claim to feel "blocked" it means something a bit different. Maybe I'm not feeling motivated. Perhaps I don't have the physical or mental energy to focus on my writing. Or maybe I'm preoccupied by other things, feeling sorry for myself for some reason, or feeling some other emotion that can be neatly tucked under the "writer's block" label so it's not about me or my failings in the moment. It's some "thing" weighing me down, smothering my creative muse. I can place blame.
"Oh, drat. I can't reach my writing targets today. I'm blocked. "
Here's the thing about excuses though. We can power through them. We can dismiss them, work to overcome them, and strip them of any supposed power they have over us or our writing. And that's what we're going to look at in this week's weekend reading collection -- tips and tools that can help us push past that good old "writer's block" excuse and get back to our writing.
Writer's Block? 50 Resources, Prompts & Creativity Boosters
By Mandy Boyle at NEPABlogCon.com
If you need a quick, practical kick in the pants to overcome a bout of writer's block, this post is for you. It features a simple list of 50 things you can do (or resources you can use) to help you re-focus on your writing.
Read the post.
20 Writers on Overcoming Writer's Block
This slideshow consists of a series of quotes from well-known authors (Stephen King, Ernest Hemingway, Maya Angelou, Dan Brown, Neil Gaiman, and others), sharing their thoughts, and occasionally tips, about writer's block.
Writing Apps to Help You Beat Writer's Block
By Christine Barcellona at SwoonReads.com
If you're more of a "tools person" than a "get up, walk around, and get some fresh air" kind of person when it comes to writer's block, these apps might be just what you need. They include plot generators, writing prompts, and more.
How often do you give in to the notion of writer's block? And what do you do to push past it? Share your tips or favorite tools in the comments.
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