This is the first of a multi-part series by guest blogger Ivy Cheng tapping into the expertise of several seasoned Ambassador authors.
Anyone who writes, from poetry to novels, even a school paper, has experienced writer’s block at one point or another. Curious as to how to break writer’s block, we asked a few of our amazing authors here at Ambassador International for their methods of finding their inspiration again.
Juana Mikels – Author of Choosing Him All Over Again
“Some people suffer from writer’s block, but I consistently had to deal with the opposite problem. I had way too much content. As I wrote, story after story would unfold and the average reader doesn’t want to read a book over 400 pages! When my beloved mentor who was an excellent writer suggested that I write my story, she had it right immediately. Her name is Elisabeth Elliot. She said to me, “Juana, some people have the problem of irrigating the desert when they write; you will have the problem of chopping down the jungle.” She was spot on.
Even so, there was a few times I got “stuck.” I found the best thing to do was to put it away, and come back fresh on another day. On occasion I listened to an audio of my story told in front of a live audience. As I listened as if it was someone else’s story, I became re-motivated to go back to the spot where I got stuck and just tell it as if I was talking to one person in the room (and just one person will eventually read it when they hold it in their hand!)”
Kathy Howard – Author of From Dishes to Snow and From Driftwood to Sapphire
When I hit my wall of writer’s block, I find myself putting the manuscript aside for a time. Thankfully, it is usually just a short time, one that I can fill running or playing with the kids for an afternoon. During those less frequent longer times, I push the story out of my head as best I can and live life away from the characters for days or even weeks. Other than normal living, I may read other books or watch movies, stories that show creativity and imagination. When I feel refreshed, I dive back in, headfirst.
Wendy Duke – Author of Grace in the Middle
I tend to write in spurts: I’ll let thoughts and ideas build for a while, and then spend a few days writing non-stop. I’m not sure if this is “normal”; it seems to just depend on personality type. I read several writers’ blogs who carve out a couple of hours each day to write, but I usually need a bigger block of time to really get much on a page. I’m just not a fast writer, but the more I write, the faster I become. Reading seems to be the best way to help me generate ideas and be inspired to write. The more I read, the more I seem to want to write.
Andrea Rodgers –Author of The 20th Christmas
I take breaks–but that means doing something else creative. I find that reading, watching a movie, or listening to music often inspire me so then I can return to my manuscript and the words flow easier and better. I’ve never been stuck on what to write about–writer’s block to me is more about not being able to get the right words out or have the story flow in the best direction.
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