Overcoming Writer’s Block

by amy elizabeth

The beginning of anything I write is always the hardest part. A million thoughts are going through my mind like pieces of a puzzle caught in limbo. There’s nothing worse than trying to write a story around a single thought, especially when you’re staring at a blank page.  When this happens I have one question for you to ask yourself. Where is it written in stone that a story or poem in draft must start at the beginning?  That’s right, nowhere. Start in the middle, or the end, just write.  That’s the beauty of Word, it allows you the option to arrange your thoughts.

Exercise your abilities to concentrate on what comes to mind and jot it down, you may be surprised what blossoms from just a single line.  I imagine you already have a place where your unfinished writing projects are compiled, if you don’t, start one. Keep a notebook or journal with you so when you’re away from your computer and inspiration strikes, you’re assured that moment of brilliance is retrievable.

It’s probably a fair assumption you already have a place where unfinished writing projects are kept.  Mine are neatly filed in my computer documents, in a file folder titled WTF.  It’s where my intended as great reads die the slow death of dormancy.   Are we bonding yet my fellow writers?  Good, now go to your own kicked to the curb writings and look at all of them.

You will find you’ve stumbled upon a goldmine, busting with inspiration and creativity, all written by your own hand



About tbnranch

amy elizabeth, writer, author, antique dealer. Lives in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert on a small hobby farm.
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4 Responses to Overcoming Writer’s Block

  1. Danny Fortes says:

    I have to say that this was an AWESOME post. I remember how I was always struggling to start a post. I wish I had read something like this a while back.! I like it so much I’m going to share it and sometime down the road have you guest post it on mine. If that’s ok of course?

  2. Rita A. says:

    Oh those UFPs or UFWs (unfinished projects or unfinished writings) they are more numerous than the stars. It seems the longer they sit the harder they are to go back to. But yes…we all need to get them down…somewhere. The next trick is to return to them.

    Notecards work great for capturing the random thoughts and ideas and can easily be scanned if you are hung up on your computer or glued in to a notebook. Love ’em.

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