Writer’s block may be a myth. At least for me. The real challenge is staying motivated to write, even if you love your characters and plot. There are times when I feel burned out and overcoming this is a real dilemma for me. In the past month, I’ve been working with my editor on first and second books in my paranormal series. Edits aren’t fun but necessary. Although I am overjoyed that my editor didn’t find any plot holes or story questions, the tedious line by line scrutiny of the MS is exhausting. It leaves me wanting to take a break from writing any new material. Since I have a full-time job, I can’t afford to slack off when I actually have the time to write.
I have found that the best way to get me motivated again is to commune with other writers. Talking about my characters like I know them personally sometimes gets me odd looks but it honestly helps, especially if I’m having a plot or character motivation problem. Also, what helps me is attending a critique group and getting feedback on a chapter or two. Another technique is to read my latest unfinished MS out loud and get reacquainted with the story. These things seem to get my creative juices flowing again. The final technique is simplest of them all. I just sit down in front of my computer and start typing.