Combating Writer’s Block: Advice by Genre
There is no worse disease for a writer than writer’s block. I’d also say that writer’s block is terrible for readers too, uninspired prose is what we expect from policy and political people, not our entertainment. I’m a fan of Stephen King’s writing advice: set a daily word goal and stay at it until you reach the goal. There is something about daily writing and forcing yourself to write that seems to make things flow.
But Tyson, I hear you say, I’m stuck with no ideas for what to write next. Luckily I was procrastinating whilst writing the other day and came up with a definitive fail safe for each major genre. Any additions are welcome in the comments.
When writer’s block strikes kill someone or blow something up.
When writer’s block strikes describe the main character getting drunk and wallowing in self pity.
When writer’s block strikes introduce a red herring.
When writer’s block strikes introduce new character with rock hard abs.
When writer’s block strikes describe a tree in intimate detail.
When writer’s block strikes have a talking dragon appear, or have the characters go on a long walk somewhere.
When writer’s block strikes cut and paste physics article from Wikipedia into your novel.
When writer’s block strikes cut and paste autopsy reports into your novel.
If you already have vampires, ghosts and werewolves in your novel, introduce ninjas and pirates as characters.
If you are really stuck after all of these ideas, then there is no novel in existence that can’t/couldn’t be improved by the addition of pirates and/or ninjas.