Tara Thomas | Top Five Ways To Beat Writer's Block
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February 9, 2018
Those who know me, know I am not a plotter. Not even just a little. I have some
hardcore plotter friends and I'm always impressed with their color coded
documents and the ease with which they fill out those conflict worksheets. And
though there's a part of me who will always wonder, "But how do you
know that happens in Chapter Six?" I'm always a tad bit jealous of my
I promise, I've tried to plot. I've been to classes, listened to talks, and even
fill out a document or two. But I eventually accepted I will always be a
pantster who flies by the seat of my pants. I love writing this way. It's what
allows the magic to happen. And it's comfortable for me. However, I've found
that when you don't plan out what happens next, sometimes you don't know what
happens next, and you find yourself staring at a blank sheet of paper, willing
the words to appear onscreen.
Because I've yet have words suddenly appear on my screen, here's what I do when
Or at least to the next scene where you know something happens. It's okay to
skip a part and come back. I promise, I do it all the time, but sometimes when I
mention it, people look at me like I've totally lost it. Seriously, put [finish
later] or [really good stuff happens here] and move on.
- Skip to the next scene
Crazy, right? Well, maybe not so much. It's like eating dessert first. There's
something very decisive in saying, "I don't know what's happening now, but I
know when it's all said and done, it's going to end like this." And oftentimes,
all you need to be is a little decisive to get the words flowing again.
- Skip to the end
But do it a different way. Tell it from the POV of another character. They just
might have a secret or two they're hiding that will end being the exact thing
you were looking for. I've had fantastical things happen when I do this. Scenes
go from So Boring I Don't Want To Read to Smokin' hot, just by changing the POV
- Rewrite the scene you're in
Brainstorm with your crit partner. Pick your editor's brain. Or be like me when
I was writing BROKEN
PROMISE. Go up to your spouse and say, "Tell me all about this mitochondrial
- Talk it out
You laugh, but this works Every. Single. Time.
- Take a shower
What do you do to combat writer's block?
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Tara Thomas’s love of books and writing started as a child and though
she wanted to be an author, she decided a degree in science was more practical.
After fifteen years in the pharmaceutical industry, she returned to her first
love and hasn’t looked back since.
She writes erotic romance as Tara Sue
Me. Her Submissive Series novels have been on both the New York
Times and USA Today Bestseller lists. Her novel THE MASTER earned a
starred review from Publishers Weekly and was awarded Best Romance of
2016 from Best Book Awards.
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16 comments posted.
Re: Tara Thomas | Top Five Ways To Beat Writer's Block
"What do you do to combat writer's block?" I write a bit every day--maybe I don't
put aside a few hours in the morning to work, like a lot of professional writers
do, but I try to set down my occasional brilliant thoughts, and over time it builds
(John Smith 10:15pm February 9)
(Rohit Sharma 12:55pm February 10)
I take a long walk. Usually in the woods, or along some
type of path. In the park etc... It really clears my mind.
(Llnda Farabaugh 8:28am February 10)
I walk in the sunshine and this gives me great pleasure and
(Sharon Berger 12:33pm February 10)
Get outside for a bit-walk or garden or just breathe. Your
(Kathleen Bylsma 4:31pm February 10)
I am not a writer but I imagine that what would work for me
is to do something familiar that does not require mental
focus and then to let my thoughts run free on the subject.
It would get me away from the daunting blank page/screen
while I gathered my thoughts.
(G. Bisbjerg 9:16pm February 10)
I go to the gym.
(Racquelle Robinson 3:04pm February 11)
Not a writer, well I do write reviews, but if I am stuck I usually walk away. Do something else, probably something I should have been doing anyway. After awhile I find the word, phrase or sentence I had trouble finding just pops into my head.
(Annetta Sweetko 7:22pm February 11)
I would to to LA Fitness (which I am a member) and run on the
(Shirley Younger 8:06pm February 11)
Not being a writer I can only say what I do to decompress I watch trash tv like reality shows.
(MaryEllen Hanneman 12:09pm February 12)
(Catherine Wolverton 4:50pm February 12)
I watch TV or read a book
(Shelly Garnett 11:40pm February 12)
Go for a drive or a walk.
(Melanie Rosen 6:17am February 13)
Yoga, it's easy and relaxing.
(Rosemary Simm 9:04pm February 13)
Go for a walk with my dog.
(Jackie Wisherd 11:20pm February 13)
I would probably watch television or go outdoors and find something that needs to be done in my yard.
(Anna Speed 12:21pm February 14)
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