I don’t often get writer’s block. Usually when I’m writing a book I look forward to working on it every chance I get. Occasionally, though, I will find myself less motivated. Recently a whole week went by without any work getting done on Bellamy’s Redemption. That’s the longest I’ve taken a break from it in months and I was trying to figure out what was wrong. Why had Pinterest gotten more interesting than writing? Were the new curtains making the room I write in too dark? Was it some other obscure thing? Actually, I think the answer is more directly related to the book: I’ve begun to learn that writer’s block usually means the book has taken a wrong turn. Even if you have a pretty good plan of how your story will unfold, it takes on a life of its own, and sometimes it goes in directions that feel a little pointless. Directions that you’re just going to have to work to U-turn yourself back out of. Not unlike the lesson I’ve learned in crocheting about removing the wrong color instead of the natural inclination to plow on ahead.
Once I reopened Bellamy’s Redemption and went back a few pages and pointed the story in a more positive, fun direction, writing was fun again. The attitude of this book is, for the most part, light-hearted and fun, and I needed to stay true to that. So, if you’re struggling with your writing, especially if it has suddenly seemed to become much more difficult than it previously was, stand back and read your work. Perhaps your story is avoiding you because you’re not giving it a true enough voice.