Writer’s Block

Writer’s Block

When your characters go off piste..

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I’ve been struggling with writing lately. I have my story all planned out: this perfect road map of where the story needs to go, which is great and all, but what happens when your characters decide that they don’t want to follow the road you’ve mapped out for them.

I’ve spent the last few days cursing Joey for throwing me this curveball, and it really put a block on my writing for a couple of days, but today I finally sat down and thrashed it out with her, and I was able to come to an agreement and move the chapter forward.

The thing is, that sometimes this happens. You get in a funk. Your character gets in a funk. Sometimes all you need is a little distance.

I’m not saying that writer’s block is an excuse for you not to write. If you’re a serious writer, then writer’s block isn’t something that you can allow into your mind.

What I am saying is that sometimes putting the actual writing part of writing to the side for a day or two while you think it out and negotiate with your characters is not necessarily a bad thing…


Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.

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