Don't Stop!

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When the muse hits, it's great! Words flow from our brains to the page.

Then, we stop. There's nothing.

How is the main character going to get out of the mess she's in? I can think and think and have absolutely no idea.

That's when I just go with whatever pops into my brain.

Yep. I make something up that may or may not work in the end, but at least I have something written down.

Never suppress the imagination. Go with it. You can always edit it or revise if a better (more logical) idea comes your way.

So when writer's block hits hard, push back! Don't stop! Keep creating no matter what!


  1. Terry Pratchett once said, "There is no such thing as writer's block. It was invented by people in California who didn't know how to write."
    I refuse to admit there is such a thing as writer's block. But I do admit to getting stuck. Sometimes, my characters will tell me what comes next. But many times they're at Starbucks and I'm at Panera Bread.
    So I do what you do, Diane. I write through it. It might be crap but I've found there is always a nugget--or a tiny grain--of gold that will give me the breakthrough back into the story. And then my characters come rushing back (usually high on caffeine or sugar) and off we go again.
    Thanks for such an encouraging post, Diane.

    1. Love the Terry Pratchett quote! And your characters at Starbucks on a caffeine high! LOL! Greatness, Henry! So glad we can both bust through the murky brain times to get the writing done! :)

  2. This is good, Diane. Just make something up! I'm going to set aside some time, and do it.

    1. I hope you do! Writing can be difficult if we have perfection in mind. Get messy and get the words out! Then clean it up later. :)


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