“Jump off the cliff and build your wings on the way down.” - Ray Bradbury
Maybe you’ve written yourself in a corner, or maybe you’re stuck behind a block. It’s hard to keep the writing momentum going when you run into such snafus, and it’s extra disheartening when it happens during National Novel Writing Month. It happens to me more than I’d care to admit, especially in November. I think about that quote a lot. When I’m afraid I can’t get the words to come out right or at all even I tell myself to just jump. There’s no way to get around writer’s block except to write. Paradoxical sounding, I know but it’s the absolute truth. You can try any number of writing block tricks out there (and there are certainly plenty of books dedicated to the topic), but the one sure-fire, guaranteed-to-work solution is to write. How can you write when you have writer’s block? Just jump. Trust fall yourself onto your words and keep going. Write nonsense if you have to. Just write. Jump and build your story as you go. When you get your momentum back then you can work on finding direction and smoothing out the rough spots as you’re free falling will come later during the edits. Just keep writing.