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S. M. Boyce is sarcastic, gooey, and laughs too much, but her friends seem to hang out with her anyway. She's also a fantasy author and novel editor who recently published her debut novel, The Grimoire: Lichgates. It's the first in a young adult fantasy adventure series called The Grimoire Trilogy.
Hey gang! Thanks for having me today. I wanted to talk about two important factors in any writer’s life: writer’s block and story ideas.
I’ve hit road blocks plenty of times while writing. Over the years, I tried writing through writer’s block, writing stream-of-consciousness journals to get the gunk out, and watching TV instead of writing anything at all. None of these techniques really worked—for me.
The thing with writer’s block is that it’s different for each person. How you overcome it is all going to depend on your creative style. That’s exactly what you wanted to hear, right? Haha. Well, the good news is that I have some ideas for helping you figure out how to overcome writer’s block.
All you have to do to get some ideas of your own is to Google “overcome writer’s block.” Every writer I’ve ever met has encountered it at some point, and it’s a popular subject. The downside is that sorting through the endless pages can actually add stress, instead of easing your worry.
So let me tell you what works for me.
Before I even write a chapter, I plot it out. Sometimes, I go so far as to add dialogue, which gives me an idea of the characters and how they will interact in this particular chapter. That way, even if I don’t feel like writing or don’t know what to write, I at least have a place to start. Often, the inspiration comes back to me if I re-read the plot outline I made.
Other times, I have to get out of the house. I spend a lot of time in my office, and spending too much time in your creative place can actually stifle creativity. So I’ll walk the dog in the nearby woods, or go for a short drive. Getting some fresh air can get those creative juices flowing again.
A very popular method of getting over writer’s block is actually to start a writing journal. There are two kinds I’ve heard of.
The first writing journal is a daily journal. Every morning, as soon as you wake up, you write non-stop for ten minutes. Just go. Whatever you want. You can even write “um, um” until you come up with something. The point is that you’re writing and “cleaning out the cobwebs” so to speak. This one doesn’t work for me, but it has helped many writers I know.
The second writing journal is the one I keep. It’s a whenever-journal, one I keep close for when I get spurts of inspiration. Sometimes I just write a character sketch, or a line of dialogue. Other times, it’s an entire story idea. That’s how the Grimoire Trilogy came to be.
Whatever you do, keep a pen and paper with you at all times. You never know when inspiration is going to strike.
I heard once that you become a master at something after practicing the art for 3 hours over ten years. So never stop writing! It just takes time, practice, and a bit of patience.
What’s your favorite way of overcoming writer’s block? Share in the comments! One lucky reader will win a FREE ebook copy of The Gimoire: Lichgates. Don't forget to share this link with your literate friends. Just click one of the buttons below the post.
Sometimes you are going to find yourself too sick or tired to string words together. For instance, that sentence just took me five minutes of typing, editing and retyping.
I'm taking a sick day. When my cold medicen kicks in, I will probably read a book like Dragonfriend by Roger Eschbacher so that I can blog about it in a week or two.
Why don't you read a good book, too? May I suggest one? Oh! I already have! Scroll through the blog and choose a few. Can't afford books? Enter to win The Grimoire by S.M. Boyce.
Not in the mood to read someone else's awesomeness? Why don't you try out one of our writing exercises? Grab a notebook and a pen and get busy creating your own awesome. Or, you could play "Find the typos" in this Sick Day post.
Go ahead, write amongst yourselves. I'll just lie here and sniffle.
This week’s book is one that I could NOT put down. Not only was it mesmerizing as a reader, but it inspired me as a writer. Maybe it is because parts of it remind me of my own personal work. Or, perhaps it is the detailed and beautiful world-building. It certainly had something to do with the depth she infused into her characters. From the beginning of this book, I was smitten. By the end I was reaching for a pen to rewrite scenes in my own work, in the hopes of capturing some of the energy and beauty for myself.
The story begins with a young woman, Kara, hiking through the forest in the northern Rockies when she unexpectedly passes through a Lichgate, a magical doorway into a hidden part of our world. She discovers a powerful book, the Grimoire, and finds herself entangled in a dangerous web of political intrigue, deadly secrets, and racial war. Guided by a dangerous prince who must live in constant disguise, she is never certain who she can trust. As everything that matters to her is stripped away, she must take on a new identity and find a way to promote peace in a world determined for war.
My Thoughts Sounds awesome, right? It is! This book is full of action from the very beginning. There are deadly creatures at every turn and Kara struggles to stay just one step ahead with little to guide her in this dangerous place. It will keep you turning pages, believe me!
The characters are just as detailed as the many and various creatures. Imagine different races that are not only distinct in their appearances, but in their abilities and how they live. Can they ever learn to respect one another and work together? Must they always fight and consider each other enemies? I adore what Boyce has done with the prince in this story, Braeden. As if it isn’t fabulous enough that he lives in constant disguise, hunted by his own father and feared by all others, he softens for Kara, showing a side of himself, and his kind, that none believe to exist. I think even he is surprised by it. How incredible it is that Boyce is able to convey all of that to us in a way that feels as though we are discovering Braeden as he is discovering himself. Wonderful work!
Watch this author, friends. Her sequel, Treason, is expected to come out this summer. I am on pins and needles for this one. I can hardly wait to see what happens next to Kara and Braeden. Will they finish their quest or die trying?
Want More? The author of The Grimoire will be here on Friday to share with us her tips for fighting writer’s block and how to gather new story ideas. The best part: she'll be giving away one FREE ebook. Just leave a comment below to be entered to win. Winner will be announced on Monday. Use the buttons below to share this with friends and come back for more on Friday. You won’t want to miss this!
If you joined us yesterday for a little writing exercise, then you are gonna rock this!
The pencil groaned as she looked down at the paper below her. "Not again," she whined inwardly as her lead scratched the surface of another clean sheet. "Can't we ever write something else? All we ever write are..."