Here is my opinion, based on 32 years of experience:
- Often what a writer perceives as a block is nothing more than procrastination. I know a lot of writers, and the majority of us seem to be experts at procrastinating. Writer’s block is a good excuse not to write. Right? So if a writer thinks he can’t write because he is blocked, he should check to make sure he isn’t blocked because he doesn’t want to write.
- If a novelist really and truly is experiencing writer’s block, my advice is for her to go back to the characters. More often than not, a writer can’t continue because she doesn’t understand her character’s motivation for some action. Or the writer is trying to force the character into an action that the character would never do. Spending some time analyzing a character’s past and discovering true motivation can make a huge difference in a novelist overcoming writer’s block. (I am a fan of writing a first person autobiography in the POV of the character, beginning at birth and going right up to the moment the book opens.)
Last night and this morning, I had to stop writing on my WIP (work-in-progress) to put together some copy about the book. It will be used for sales copy and maybe the back cover blurb. I have to tell you. Of all of the things a novelist has to do, writing decent copy has to be one of the hardest for me. One has to say so much in so few words.
My WIP is a contemporary women’s fiction that has a secondary storyline told in the past (beginning around WWI). I am loving it, although I sure am feeling my way at times. The words never come quite fast enough. Plus it’s been over five years since I wrote my last contemporary novel. But it’s a story dear to my heart. I love my editor because she is the one who understood now was the time for me to write it rather than waiting until I’d written the three book historical series as I had planned.
I would love to share the title, sales copy, and concept of my WIP, but I’m one of those writers who like to keep those things “close to the vest” until the release date is on the horizon. However, I have learned that the months pass in the blink of an eye, so I’ll be able to talk about it soon enough.
Speaking of release dates, the makeover of my web site is progressing very nicely. My web designer has been working hard to deliver the look I want. So stay tuned. More shall be revealed….