7e1de-sevenbasicplotsWriting fiction or nonfiction is not for the faint hearted. It takes discipline, determination, a lot of time, good ideas, and of course–talent.

Like many writers, I have a hard time finishing writing projects. When I say writing project, you know that statement can be relative. Truth be told, I have a lot of irons in the fire as most writers do. I have a middle grade novella done that is resting, an early reader chapter book finished and waiting on pictures, and many other writing projects surging through my consciousness. But the current project has taken longer to get started than I anticipated. I usually get stuck on one aspect of the story and this manuscript is no exception, but my persistent gene will not let me down. Pushing aside the subtlety, I’m still working on what the character wants. In the draft I’m writing, the main character loves adventures because of a prize at the end.

How do you handle writer’s block? What are some of your tricks?

Here are some tips I’ve found that work for me. The idea is to get your brain working and to stop the cycle of writer’s block.

1. Go for a walk or exercise

2. Talk it out with a friend

3. Evaluate your plot plan

4. Develop your character’s backstory

5. Write anything

6. Research an aspect of your story