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What is writer’s block? I guess that’s the real question. What constitutes writer’s block?
Anyone who has ever written on a regular basis, I’d wager to say, has struggled with getting the words down. It’s part and parcel with this whole writing thing. At least in my opinion. I’m by no means an expert on writer’s block or how to get past it.
In all the years I’ve been writing, not once have I ever had the problem of thinking of something to write. In fact, my issue seems to be the opposite. I have so many stories and characters in my head that I have a hard time focusing on just one at a time.
I will be in the middle of writing a book and another idea or character will pop into my head. I get excited about this new shiny thing so I want to jump right in and start working on it. In the past that’s exactly what I have done. Which accounts for the 250+ works in progress I currently have. Several of which are close to being finished.
So, for me, the problem isn’t writer’s block so much as attention span. Maybe that’s why I’ve started writing fantasy under another pen name? I think the struggle to write or to finish the story can be caused by many things.
• An intuitive knowledge that somewhere you’ve gone off track in your story.
• A realization that the idea isn’t strong enough to carry an entire book.
• You’ve hit the halfway point and the excitement is gone because you know what’s going to happen and now writing is more work than fun.
• You’ve pushed yourself too hard and your brain is telling you it’s time to take a break, to relax, and recharge.
• Or it could be something altogether different and specific to you.
I think the main thing to do is, change things up. When what you’re doing no longer gets you the results you desire, then it’s time to try a different way.
The most important thing, however, is not to give up.
Lynley was a 2014 Lambda Literary Awards Finalist. She published her first book in September of 2012 and hasn’t looked back. When not writing she can found reading or coming up with creative ways to avoid housework. While Lynley Wayne may be a pen name, the woman behind it is very real and believes everyone is entitled to their own version of happiness. She looks forward to the day when who, or how, we love is no longer an issue.
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About Lynley Wayne
Lynley was a 2014 Lambda Literary Awards Finalist. She published her first book in September of 2012 and hasn’t looked back. When not writing she can found reading or coming up with creative ways to avoid housework. While Lynley Wayne may be a pen name, the woman behind it is very real and believes everyone is entitled to their own version of happiness. She looks forward to the day when who or how we love is no longer an issue.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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