Ask a Storyteller: Writer’s Block Part 2


Today, the 8 Great Storytellers address the last question about Writer’s Block:

D: How do you get in the mood to write?

 What’s all this nonsense about “mood?”  If you sit around and wait for the inspiration muse to flutter by, you may write, but you’re not a writer.  Writers, like ditch diggers. get down and slog

 it in the trenches.  It’s hard work.  After a day’s work, the muscles in your brain ache.  Too hot? Too cold?  Too bad. There’s still work to be done. Just do it. –Paula Reuben

Mood? I don’t know what that means. I write when I have the time to sit down and concentrate, I write when I don’t have the time but can’t turn my “writing” thoughts off, I write when I’m waiting for an appointment, I write when I have to meet a deadline and I write when I don’t. I write on airplanes, (love that) on vacation during down time. Maybe if I waited for the mood to strike me, I would never write–or maybe I’m just always in the mood. –Mary Jo Hazard

If the mood to write  or perhaps the creativity to write leaves me, I find a quick activity like a short walk, washing the dishes or maybe cleaning out a drawer helps. When I do that, I realize I would rather be writing…. –Dolores Davis

Just opening a document file helps me to get rolling. A good book can be a motivator. Even a bad book can be an inspiration when you realize “I can do better than that!” –Jeff Guenther

If I waited for the right mood, I’d never write anything. I go out to my office every am and after checking my email, I write something. Either a piece or a chapter for a book I’m working on, or a new thought. I try for at least 500 words, preferably double that every day. (excluding weekends and other distractions) –Jean Shriver

Outside of regular periods that I set aside in my weekly schedule, I write whenever I get an idea even if it’s just a sentence or two.   —James Flaherty

Sitting and mulling over possibilities, or brainstorming is a key part of writing. This doesn’t require much “mood” or a large block of time. A walk around the block can evoke a substantial idea. I keep paper handy and write down any epiphanies immediately. –Jeff Guenther

How do you deal with writer’s block? Please tell us.

See Part 1, which covered:

A. Are there times when you get writer’s block? B. What is the best way to get past writer’s block? C. Do you have a set schedule or do you just write when inspired?

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