Writing Tips: Powering Through

If you’re a writer, you’ve undoubtedly come across the problem of getting stuck. You know, when you’re writing along and everything is smooth sailing until all of a sudden, you don’t know what to write next? You try to continue on, but right then and there, nothing comes to mind. So, you do the wise thing and you step back, giving yourself a break.

While giving yourself a much needed break is most likely the right thing to do, we have to be careful not to let that short break extend itself into a long period. Sometimes the longer we wait to continue a story, the less likely it is that we’ll ever finish or have the same momentum that we would have had if we got back to writing the story sooner.

Sometimes after taking a short break, the best thing to do when writing is to just power through. Spend some time thinking of what to write and work through the writer’s block. It may not be easy, but it is possible. I’m not saying to put too much pressure on yourself or to just write out of the sake of writing (that most likely won’t end well), but I am suggesting that you think of ideas and WRITE! There are always going to be times when you’re writing and things get a little prickly and start moving a little slower. The worst thing you can do during these times is to give up on the story (if you’re happy with it is, that is) or to just step away for a while and never return.

So here is my advice: if you feel stuck and don’t know exactly what to write next, take a few days to just think about where you want to go with the story and how you want to write it. Try not to worry too much. After a few days of thinking, get back to work and try to power through!

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