My Brain Idea: Ways to Beat Writer’s Block

I think Eva has some great ideas here about busting through writer’s block. I’ve just spent part of my morning catching up on her blog, which covers everything from hair extensions to difficult yoga arm balances, all with a background of writing and reading and process and plot, and, well, you get the idea. Its a great blog for women, writers, writerly women, and budding yogis. You’ve seen Eva around The Variety Show before, and we’ve reblogged a few of her pieces. We’re going to keep doing that, not just because nepotism rocks, but because we think Eva has grown leaps and bounds as a writer, blogger, and all around great person. And also because her pieces pretty much nail it. Happy Thursday everyone!

In the Garden of Eva

The number one thing that gives me writers block is plot. Once I have a general idea of where my characters are going and some of the things that will happen along the way, I can happily chug along for weeks, writing 5 to 10 pages a day until I get to the end of a 250-page novel.

This is what I was doing with my latest novel until I got to page 90 and realized it wasn’t working and I needed to rethink the plot. So I reread parts of John Truby’s The Anatomy of Story. I read Chuck Wendig’s awesome post on 25 Ways to Unstick a Stuck Story.

For a few days I sat in front of my computer asking myself over and over again: “What’s her desire? What’s her motivation? How is she going to change in the end?” I wrote the same things…

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