Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Ways to Help With Writers' Block

Please welcome author, Sherry Gammon  to the blog today.  Sherry is on a tour with her book, A Fantasy Christmas.  Today she's brought us a very timely guest post about writers' block. I know I've experienced this unwanted phenomenon on more than one occasion.  Even now, during NaNoWriMo, I've yet to type any words into a novel.  So I'm looking forward to implementing some of Sherry's ideas and techniques!

Take it away, Sherry!

The dreaded writers block. It may cause you to pull your hair out, eat high calorie -and therefore delicious;}   foods, or even worse,  you may toss your computer across the room in frustration. It is every writer’s nightmare. You sit in front of your computer and the ideas seemed to have dried up. No matter how hard you push yourself to write, you come up empty. Here are a few tricks that have helped me.

·         Sprints. Sit down in front of your computer free of distractions. No TV, no radio, nothing. Note: some people need the sounds of TV and Radio to write. As long as what is playing on the devices doesn’t pull you away from your work, then by all means, leave them on. Now that you are ready to write, set a timer for a fixed amount of time, I prefer one hour, then write. Don’t stop writing until the timer goes off. Remember, do not edit as you type for now. That will be for later.

·         Feed your brain. Sound silly? I know of a woman who swears by this. She used to sit down to write with her diet soda and a bowl of high carb snacks. One day, she quit the soda and candy and switched to foods that feed your brain. For her it has made all the difference. She’s also lost weight, a definite plus! So what exactly are brain foods? Here are a few: Blueberries, wild salmon, nuts, seeds, avocados, whole grains, beans, and my personal favorite: Dark chocolate. Why not give some a try?

·         Write out of order is a useful tool for writer’s block also. If you have several scenes in your head waiting for their turn to be written, write them now. This may help you to weave the scenes together when you are finished, filling in the wholes in-between.

·         Another useful trick to help beat writer’s block is to watch a movie or read a book that you find inspiring. For me it is The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Great movie, and for me, inspirational. After it is finished, I go back to work feeling refreshed and recharged.

·         Sometimes you need to walk away. Give yourself a day or two off. Take a vacation and don’t bring your computer. Go out and experience the world around you.

Writing is not an easy job. It is difficult and challenging. It is also rewarding and fulfilling. Don’t let writer’s block rob you of the joy that comes with creating a novel. Choose to be in charge. Don’t pressure yourself. Just write.

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Great advice, Sherry! Thanks so much. *Reaches for bag of chocolate* I think I'll get to work now! *sneaks off devouring blissful chocolate*


Sherry and two other authors, Cindy Bennett and Stephanie Fowers, have a Christmas anthology releasing! Here's the blurb for A Fantasy Christmas:

What do Witches, Elves, and Greek Gods (Oh My) have in common? They are part of the romantic Christmas anthology, A Fantasy Christmas, written by Cindy C Bennett, Stephanie Fowers, and Sherry Gammon
Halfling by Cindy C Bennett
Banished from the South Pole, Kara tries to carve out a new life among the elves of the North. It’s not easy with a secret to protect—a secret she's cursed with by the unusual circumstances of her heritage: half-elf, half-fairy. In the North, she’s assigned to work with Seb on a special project. He's the most gorgeous elf she’s ever seen - and the orneriest. 
As if being banished wasn’t punishment enough. 
Seb introduces her to Trystin, a fairy from the nearby fairy forest. Trystin discerns her secret right away and promises to teach her how to use the powers given to her by the very thing she’s fighting to keep hidden.
 
Aphrodite by Stehanie Fowers
Nothing is simple for Aphrodite’s daughter, especially love. 
Scorned by society in regency England, Affry longs for romance. Upon encountering a dashing nobleman at her aunty's Christmas' ball, Affry gets caught in a lovely intrigue with disastrous results. Worse, she wins the interest of the gods. 
Now the furies of the underworld and Hades himself are after her. When all is fair in war,  Affry must use love as her weapon—but only for the one who’s stolen her heart.
 
Loving Marigold by Sherry Gammon
Young Marigold Yarrow has a secret. She’s also in love with Jack Mahoney. In the middle of her ninth grade year, Jack's family up and moves to Port Fare, New York, leaving the small town of Sugar Maple, West Virginia - and Marigold - far behind.
Nine years later Jack and Marigold meet again. They join forces to weed out the shady Abbott boys. The unscrupulous brothers are illegally selling moonshine near her home on Sugar Maple Ridge. And they'll do anything to get Marigold to leave the ridge. Anything.
This time it may be magic that tears Jack and Marigold apart.
 
Be sure to pick up your copy on Amazon or Barnes & Noble!


3 comments:

Sherry Gammon said...

Thanks for support!! We're very grateful!

Cindy C Bennett said...

Great post from Sherry with some really good ideas! Thanks for helping spotlight the book, Amie.

Tayla said...

Awk! Writer's block has been my best friend (or worst enemy) lately, it's all I can seem to pound out. Thanks for posting this, I hope I can kick my writer's block into outer space. =D