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The Wall | C. S. Won

Every author in the world, no matter how famous and rich, will inevitably encounter what many of us lovingly refer to as “writer’s block.” Essentially, a symbolic wall that blocks the progress of the story we are writing. George R. R. Martin is famous for this, as he’ll willingly describe how he’ll often times struggle with his writing (which, in turn, explains his long multi-year delays between book releases). A friend of mine went to an author panel at a book fair, and one of the authors described how she spent months stuck on one single chapter. It’s a real, debilitating thing, and it effects all of us in many ways.

Unfortunately, there’s no magic pill that can solve writer’s block. It’s in individual struggle, one that we’ll have to overcome on our own. But I can suggest a few things that I hope can help you move forward.

1.) Create an outline before you begin to write. Detailing what’s going to happen can give you a clear sense of where the story is going and what it needs. The road ahead is paved for you, in other words. The outline doesn’t have to be super detailed, where you have to explain in intricate every piece of dialogue and action, but it should be enough where you have a clear waypoint of the path ahead.

2.) Change what you wrote previously. The one reason why you might be stuck is because you might have ultimately written yourself into a corner. If you truly cannot see a way over the hump, then you might have to revisit what you already wrote and change some aspects of it so that you can finally move forward. This has happened to me more times than I can count with The Evolution Trigger.
How that story looked in the beginning is vastly different than how it looks now.

3.) Barrel through ahead. If all else fails, just brute force your way through. If you have an awesome story planned out after this bump in the road, then just write whatever so you can continue ahead. I mean it. Just write something like, “This happens and then boom, we’re done.” Anything to move forward, you know? You can always revisit this bump once you’re done, and I’m certain you’ll think of something plausible while you’re finishing up the rest of your story.

I can’t guarantee this’ll work splendidly for some of you, but I’ve employed all 3 in varying ways, and they’ve helped me overcome my struggles. Give it a shot, it might just work for you.