The Mysterious Secrets of a Blank Mind ~

Hello everyone,

And yes, if you didn’t understand my title, I am a writer and I do have writer’s block. 😦 I’m struggling with my current novel (see Current Novel page), with my black cat Felix’s tail looping over my keyboard, and I am staring at a blank screen. I usually don’t enjoy donating plasma and writing in one day, since I’m often found drinking ten gallons of water, haha. But I decided to be a little more productive today.

While I was donating plasma, though, I was skimming through Pinterest and found a ton of writing pins that I liked quite a lot. They gave me a lot of great inspiration, too (as I slam yet another bottled water), and I decided to share some inspiration with you. So here are the top six ways to get over writer’s block and start writing like you should!!!! 🙂 🙂

1.) Write about what you love that won’t get published. Remember those writing exercises you did in creative writing classes in middle high school, high school, or college? Neither do I. But anyway, write about your favorite memory growing up, your favorite food, write about your pets, or just whatever you like. Let your mind explore the possibilities.

2.) Watch your favorite movie. This always inspires me, because after all, most movies are based off of books.

3.) Read your favorite novel, or just excerpts from it. Aside from the Bible, my favorite novel of all time is “The Secret Keeper” by Kate Morton. The smallest or greatest word, beautifully sewn in intricately perfect font, is such passionate artwork to me. That really makes me want to write as great a story as a fantastic author.

4.) Outline your book on a separate sheet of paper, or in a notepad, or even on a Microsoft Word document sheet. This particular exercise helps me sometimes, but not all the time.

5.) Get away from the story for a while and let your mind wander. While you’re in the shower, or brushing your teeth in the morning or evening, imagine yourself in the character(s) shoes. Where would they go from here? What happens next and how can they go about it? This especially helps me whenever I am desperately craving a lot more passionate artwork in my own writing, like now, haha.

6.) Don’t be afraid of making the first draft a dud. That’s what editing and rewriting is for! Write out the scenes that are bugging your mind most. Get all of those good and ugly scenes out of your mind, and then polish them later. When I wrote my debut novel, “The Magic Suitcase,” this helped me a lot. When you don’t feel like writing this scene, or if you’re like me and its the only scene of the book left to write (I tend to skip around a lot when I write, which also helps me), just vomit it all out and worry about polishing it later. It’s only when we learn to like and enjoy that particular scene when it deserves the most effort and also when we give it the best effort. 🙂

My surprise should be hopefully posted on my blog this week, so keep your eyes peeled for exciting news soon!!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂

Have a blessed week 🙂

JMK~

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