How do you beat writers’ block?
Ah, writers block, the bane of every writer’s existence. It was something I did my very best to avoid and refused to acknowledge I would ever encounter. Early in my career, I was a writing machine! No book could defeat me! I controlled it! So what if the scene wasn’t working or I had to do rewrites and edits? I was writing constantly, barely without a break, because how else was I going to get published?
Then came the day where I started a story, the one I was certain would be The One, and I got to a point where I couldn’t finish it. I couldn’t focus long enough to care about where it was going.
But that was fine, I just put it on hold and moved to a new project! This one was bigger, bolder, more creative, a sure fire hit once I finish it––
I didn’t. I didn’t even get halfway before my mind went spiraling into directions I hadn’t even thought. The project wasn’t getting the love it deserved.
I got writers’ block, and writers’ burnout. It was one of the worst things I’d ever experienced, because I knew in my heart that I loved writing, and I’m not getting any younger. I’d never gone through burnout before––didn’t even know I could get it––and immediately texted one of my best friends who had told me about his own form of burnout. He encouraged me to step back and take some time away from the project.
So I did that. I didn’t punish or berate myself further. I took the time to read, color, and generally just unwind. That was a few months ago, and I still haven’t looked at that project. Instead, I started something new. Something that blended two concepts I hadn’t looked at in the past. And while I’m not the machine I used to be, I’m getting there. I’m excited to write every single day. I know that patience and caring for myself will produce the best work. And I’m really enjoying what I write so far.
Writers’ block happens to everyone, in one form or another. It sucks, but it can be overcome if you take the time to step back, breathe, and enjoy your life. Writing is a job, but just as you wouldn’t work eighteen hours a day for months at a time (and if you do, holy cow, stop and go on vacation), you can’t do it consistently. Your brain is a muscle––too much strain, and it will tear.
Never fear writers’ block. You might not like it, but if you unwind and truly have a passion for the craft, you’ll get back into it. I have, and I’ve never been happier.
Storm of the Gods
(An Areios Brothers Novel)
Publication date: August 27th 2018
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
The first in a brand new urban fantasy series where gods roam and mortals fight, STORM OF THE GODS follows two brothers who are caught in a conspiracy revolving around ancient artifacts, and find themselves siding with their supposed enemies rather than the Olympian who demands their loyalty…
Thirty years ago, the gods of Greek legend returned to the world. Their return restored their powers, which had been spent in a cataclysmic battle with the Titans. With the ancient deities imprisoned in Tartarus, the Olympians now reside in Néo Vasíleio, formerly known as California.
Twenty-four-year-old Derek Aerios is a war scion, a descendent of Ares, the God of War. He and his brother, eighteen-year-old Liam, capture mythological creatures and rogue scions as part of Ares’s elite military force. As he struggles to cope with his violent powers and the scars of a traumatic childhood, Derek tries to keep the two vows he has made: protect his brother, and never kill a human again.
But when Ares forces him to hunt and kill four rogue scions under Athena’s control—by threatening Liam’s life—Derek chooses to go after the scions in order to save his brother and keep his promise to himself.
Yet the closer Derek gets to the scions, the more he realizes that his orders are part of a deeper conspiracy that put him at odds with his mission and his conscience. Athena may not be the enemy, a traitor could be in their midst, and the Titans could be closer to freedom than ever before.
Amy is a Canadian urban fantasy and horror author. Her work revolves around monsters, magic, mythology, and mayhem. She started writing in her early teens, and never stopped. She loves building unique worlds filled with fun characters and intense action.
When she isn’t writing, she’s reading, watching movies, taking photos, gaming, struggling with chocoholism and ice cream addiction, and diving headfirst into danger in Dungeons & Dragons campaigns.
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