Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Beating Writer's Block by Toni Shiloh

There comes a time in every writer’s life where they experience writer’s block. It’s the bane of our existence. So how do we press through it?

Pray. Regardless if I have writer’s block or not, I pray. But when my brain comes up empty as I’m staring at a blank laptop screen or staring at the lack of words being added, I start sending prayers upward left and right. I ask for prayers from my critique partners, street team, family members, etc. I tell the Lord what frustrates me and talk through the story with Him. I also open my ears to His response.

Read. Reading is great inspiration. Sometimes we read a story and our brain automatically figures out what works and what doesn’t. Believe it or not, that helps us when we write our own story. Sometimes, our brain just needs to switch creative outlets. Reading will relax the brain and take away the stress of staring at the blank screen.

Explore. Often times we have to explore other adventures to throw our characters into. Have you upped the ante enough? Is there goal too easily attainable at the moment? If so, explore ways you can make their life difficult and ultimately, add words to the screen.

Seek. Seek advice from other writers. A writer friend maybe able to offer you minutes of brainstorming or a solution to a scene you’re stuck on. Don’t be afraid to utilize your resources.

Sit. Last, sit and write. Remember, you do this to glorify God and He will show up.

What tips do you have to beat writer’s block?


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Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and president of the Virginia Chapter.
You can find her on her website at http://tonishiloh.weebly.com


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6 comments:

  1. Toni, thanks for the tips. I haven't experienced writer's block where I go blank, but I really benefited from a brainstorming session with my sister and critique partner when I couldn't get a good conflict for a scene. I was amazed how well that worked and got my creative juices going for that scene.

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    1. Brainstorming is so helpful! Glad you've experienced its benefits. :)

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  2. Toni! Great to see you here! Love these tips for writer's block. Praying is the one I use a lot. Running also helps. My mind is free to wander while I run. Sometimes I talk to myself. Then something will pop into my head to start the words again.

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    1. That's great! I like to walk sometimes and clear my brain, but the summer heat has me sequestered indoors. :)

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  3. Good morning, Toni. Thanks for sharing all those wonderful tips. You made me smile when I read,"If so, explore ways you can make their life difficult and ultimately, add words to the screen." I could imagine you rubbing your hands together and laughing maniacally while planning their demise. Great post!

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