Tips to Improve Your Writing/Dealing with Writer’s Block

I have not posted about Writing in a very long time. That is, since November 23, 2016. So let’s get to it!

As a writer, I often get cases of writer’s block and end up leaving my stories behind. Or, I end up stumbling through many rough and choppy sentences that I end up hating.

Writer’s block is normal, and as unfortunately, it can happen quite often for some writers. Writer’s block, as defined on Google, is “the condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing.”

Writer’s block can just come up randomly. It could also occur for a number of reasons. Perhaps you have a boring plot or story line; characters you don’t exactly connect with; trouble writing dialogue or descriptions; can’t remember what the perfect word you were going to use is; general trouble getting your ideas down in story form, etc. Or maybe you are just tired. In that case, here’s some coffee.

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Image source: javesca.com

Oops! I forgot to roast it. Hold on one second.

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There we are. And here’s a coffee-flavored cake to go with it.

Image source: cooking.nytimes.com

Hopefully these will keep you awake.

Anyways, you are probably wondering: “Okay, great food, Kat, but what am I reading this post for? What is going to get rid of my writer’s block? And what does writer’s block have to do with improving my writing?”

Well, while I can’t solve your writer’s block problems, I can help you get through them. My tip to you is to think about the following questions when you get stuck. Hopefully, by looking at the questions, you will be able to use them as a way to push your writing forwards. This tip is mainly for creative writing, but you can also formulate these kinds of questions for essays as well.

  1. Have any of the following been used in your story recently:
    • Dialogue or thoughts
    • Scenery or figurative language
    • Scene change
    • New character or event
    • Suspense or action
  2. Have you used any of the following figures of speech:
    • Onomatopoeia
    • Simile
    • Metaphor
    • Personification
    • Alliteration
    • Hyperbole
    • Assonance
  3. Is the current event(s) leading up to anything, including:
    • Rising action
    • Climax
    • Turning point
    • Falling action
    • Resolution

Whether you answered yes or no to any of the questions above, you may want to consider what you should add. The purpose of the questions is to even out your story – hopefully they will help to prevent parts of your story from bunching up with too much of one thing, and assist other parts with something new.


In case you do not know what some of the terms above meant, here are the definitions.

Onomatopoeia: descriptive sounds (e.g. sizzle, crunch, pop, spring)

Simile: a comparison using like or as (e.g. he was as tall as a tree)

Metaphor: a comparison without using like or as (e.g. her heart was stone)

Personification: giving human characteristics to something nonhuman (e.g. the grass whispered in my ear)

Alliteration: repetition of a letter or sound close together in words (e.g. Becca buys bananas to bake banana bread)

Hyperbole: exaggeration (e.g. I had a million things to do)

Assonance: repetition of a vowel sound, but contain different consonants (e.g. the engineer had to steer the veering car)

 

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