Writing is a calling. It may require skill and talent and craft, and many other things, but above all it requires passion and enthusiasm. And, as a writer, you need to write the thing that calls to you - whether it's a short story, a novel, or maybe, sometimes, just a blog post.
Writer’s block can strike in many different forms, and there’s no one straightforward solution that’s going to get you through it every time. Recognising which type of writer’s block you’re experiencing will help you find the right tools to break through it. Here we list five common types of writer’s block, and our favourite tried-and-tested answers to overcoming them.
As an adolescent I began to devour everything from Enid Blyton (The Famous Four and the secret seven) The Hardy Boys and at a later, more mature age onto the grandiose epics and likes of Tolkien, Asimov, George Orwell, Ray Bradbury, Orson Scott Card, Douglas Adams, David Wingrove and Greg Bear.
The Power was a joy to read from start to finish.
Beyond the obvious enjoyment of reading about a world where women rule, The Power offered many other delights that are hard to find elsewhere in literature and in film.
It suddenly hit me the other day just how crazy it is to be a writer.
It was late evening, and I'd been to my local cafe to get a couple of hours of intensive editing time in. I meant to work my way through a scene, but instead a couple of new ideas popped into my head, for additional scenes to incorporate into the story I was working on. I got excited about these new ideas, and instead of editing my current scene, I started sketching these ones out.
Writing is hard. One of the reasons why writing is so hard is because, as writers, we need to be constantly coming up with new ideas. And sometimes that's tough. Yes, we have our amazing writerly imaginations, but there are times when even that doesn't seem to be enough.