Trouble With Writer’s Block? Love Inspired Authors Are Here To Help!
Most creative people have experienced feeling stuck at some point in their careers, but there are plenty of strategies for tackling the dreaded blank page. Read on for tips from Love Inspired authors on how to rediscover your spark of inspiration when you don’t know where to go next.
Start with a solid premise
Often something on the local news or an article in the paper will trigger an idea that jump-starts a story. At other times, everyday occurrences turn into a what-if scenario. While that initial inspiration is always exciting, each idea needs to be assessed to ensure the concept can be developed into a full-length manuscript. If the story premise is solid, then I’m ready to move ahead. For me, writer’s block comes when I stare at a blank computer screen. Once I start writing, the story unfolds. —Debby Giusti
Authors can touch people’s hearts. Romance novels can be light and funny and engaging, but they can also offer insight into real-life problems where our faith is challenged by circumstances beyond our control. Working for Love Inspired, my goal is to always inspire good, help those in pain and nurture the heart and the soul. It has been the best job I could ever imagine. —Ruth Logan Herne
Take a vacation from your work
When I experience writer’s block—and what writer doesn’t?—I go for a long drive alone or do something physically strenuous, like mowing the lawn. Or else I’ll bake bread or watch a good movie. Getting my mind completely off writing for a while helps me break through whatever block I’m facing. But sometimes it’s not really that I don’t have ideas; it’s that I’m trying to write a complete and polished story before I’ve even started a first draft. If I give my writing permission to start out as a muddled, inarticulate or rambling mess, usually I break through the obstacle and the words start flowing again. —Carrie Lighte
I love reading historical dramas set in the English royal court. I like the intrigue and high drama. It whisks me away, and it’s SO different from what I write that it gives me a bit of a vacation from my work. —Patricia Johns
Try a different route
I have a little slip of paper on the top of my computer that reads “When stuck, go in reverse.” Sounds logical when you think about driving a car, but the same can hold true when writing a story. If you’re at a point in your plot where you’re stuck, you often need to back up so you can try a different route. —Laura Scott
I have really good writing days and really tough ones. Most of the time I just power through and keep putting words on the page, even if they are horrible words. At least that way I can come back and fix them later. —Jill Lynn
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