Keep Plugging Along

The other day, I visited The Impractical Parenting Almanac and read a nice post about how to overcome writer’s block. The author had a bunch of great suggestions, and I commented on the post to let people know another way that could be helpful. Here is my comment:

Blank PageWhen I get writer’s block, I will slip into first person and write about the fact that I have writer’s block and the things I’m struggling with in the story. Then I will start in on, “well, I could go this way with it, but then I will have such-and-such problem, etc.” It usually works itself out in the end. The act of writing is what keeps me moving forward. Even if I end up deleting all of it, I still usually get a good idea or two from it. It’s like thinking on paper, and then I can go back and decide what I liked and what I didn’t, without having to worry about remembering what I was thinking about.


Using the above method, I am usually able to knock down about 1000 words in one hour. I just keep plugging along. Even if I only keep half of what I wrote or solve only one major problem, I figure I’ve accomplished a lot more than if I just sit and think and stare at the blank page. Quick question? How many of you all are writers yourselves? And do you write mostly fiction or non-fiction?

4 responses to “Keep Plugging Along

  1. When I took my freshmen composition class at the University of Maryland, I actually wrote about how “blocked” I had been…documented the experience and ended up with a paper the teacher thought was witty. She gave me an A. I thought I was doomed. I had nothing I wanted to write about and I’m not that creative. Just documenting the experience of writer’s block was enough to open the fountainhead.

    Oh, and I write non-fiction–mostly theological in nature or commentary about the issues of the day or Scriptural exposition.

    • Awesome, I love that story. Your teacher was probably looking for well-written, honest composition, and she got it! And I love reading the theological stuff you write on your blog. One of these days, I’d like to read your dissertation, if it’s not over my head, lol.

  2. I am ALMOST finished with one of my last classes. Of course you can read the dissertation when I finish. I’ve got a long way to go yet. I also doubt it will be over your head. As Abilene said on “The Help,” “You is smart…” Your writing is engaging and well done. I really enjoy reading your posts as well and am glad you are writing again. Thanks for the kind words about my blog.

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