Karen Bayly

Author and Copywriter

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Author Question: How do you deal with writer’s block?

I rarely get writer's block nowadays but it has taken me a long time to get to this point. How do I avoid it? I sit down and start writing. I stop editing an idea while it is still in my head and just go with it. If I write drivel, fine. At least I know and can start again. Sometimes I use a writing prompt from a website. It may have nothing to do with my current piece of work, but it gets me writing and provides the opportunity for magic to happen. A seemingly left of centre prompt can lead me to where I need to be.
Of course, I'm by no means perfect. Rather than writer's block, I get writer's resistance. Sometimes I just don't want to write. When sales of my novel are down or when I've received one too many rejections, I can get overwhelmed by feelings of "What's the point?" I find writer's resistance is more difficult to overcome but the solution is exactly the same as for writer's block.

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