Writer’s Block – What to do?

Hey folks – The God Queen is coming out next week! I will doing a blog tour as well as a live stream show on my YouTube channel. Before we get started, I want to invite you guys to ask questions you’ve been wanting to know about The God Queen. Comment below and I will answer them on the livestream on Tuesday October 22! I will also announce the winners of my presale giveaway so make sure to tune in!

Anyway, back to our regularly scheduled blog post….

A few years ago, I went to a reading of Neil Gaiman’s (at the time) latest book: The Ocean at the End of the Lane.  It was my first reading of an author.  I got my copy of American Gods signed (hurrah!) and got to hear him answer questions from the audience.

One of the questions concerned writer’s block.  How does he work passed it?

First he talked about his time as a journalist and spoke of having deadlines. He was not allowed to have writer’s block. I went through the same thing when I was a ghost writer on a tea blog. In the end you had to just write through it.

Gaiman also touched on the fact that there were days that he had to force himself to write and every word that came from his fingertips felt like shit while on his good days the words felt like gold. And yet whenever he went back and read everything, the quality was all the same.

If you find yourself stuck, just keep writing. Stephen King called it “shoveling shit.” It certainly is but it will be the only way to get through. Don’t wait for inspiration. The more you write the easier it will become. You may have to find another outlet in the meantime if you really just can’t write your particular project. I always keep a journal, my blogs, and soon my novel.  But even if I am not writing on Adventures of La Mari or M. L. Tishner.com then I am still writing something else. But the blogs help me with deadlines, and deadlines forced me to write on the days I am not feeling it. Each time the words flow more easily and thus I will keep writing.

Honestly, I wish there was an easier way out of writer’s block – but in the end, you can’t worry about being perfect the first time. It’s easier to hone perfection out of work already written than to do it from scratch. The important thing is to get those words out.

What do you do when you find yourself with writer’s block? Comment below…

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