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Fun for Friday: Writing Exercises for Writer’s Block

| November 19, 2021

It is a truth universally accepted that a writer in possession of an idea is going to eventually be in need of something to break through their writer’s block. Regardless of the cause of the block, sometimes you can trick your brain into letting the words come out again. These exercises are designed with that […]

When Media Portrayals of Writers Go Wrong

| April 26, 2021

I got hooked on┬áRiverdale from the get-go, and I really enjoyed the early seasons of it (as I talked about here). But as can be the case with shows, they lose some of their magic as they go on. Now in season 5, beginning with the fourth episode, Riverdale has undergone a time jump to […]

Trying Unusual Habits to Get the Words Flowing

| April 5, 2021

When you’re having trouble writing, do you have weird habits that are sure to get the words flowing? If you haven’t come up with any, check out this list of 9 Weird Habits that Famous Writers Formed. Some of them are a little bit out there, but maybe even those will give you an alternative […]

Ideas for Overcoming Writer’s Block

| April 13, 2020

If you’re finding yourself faced with an interest in writing, but you feel like you’re stuck, I’ve found a couple of articles on overcoming writer’s block that might be of interest. The first article offers 14 ideas that can help you overcome writer’s block, while the second article almost doubles that with 27. And while […]

Fun for Friday: NaNoWriMo (or other writer’s block) Help!

| November 15, 2019

If you’re doing NaNoWriMo this month, you may very well be surfing past my website because you’re stuck. Your characters and plot have gone off the rails (if they even had rails to begin with), and you’ll do anything other than try to work on you novel right now. You need these prompts, which the […]

Fighting Writer’s Block

| June 5, 2017

Like most writers, there are days when I stare at the blank page, the cursor blinking at me, like it knows that I have nothing to say to it. It’s the dreaded writer’s block, or at least the temporary shut down of my brain that doesn’t want to let me write. Since I try to […]