Writer’s Block: How to Start Writing a Book

Got Writer's Block? Or writers block?
Got Writer's Block?

Writer’s block is the worst, especially if you are just learning how to start writing a book. So if you are staring at a blank page, or if you have written a few pages and are stuck, it doesn’t matter. Writer’s block stops everyone cold in their tracks before they get around to publishing a book.

Writer's block, meaning simply staring at your computer, is not being able to think of the next thing to write once you get started. Or not being able to start. Or even being stuck on any one of the steps to writing a book and getting it published. Writer's block in a sentence is common as well, when you can't make a sentence sound exactly right. No matter how hard you try.

And what does writer's block feel like? If you are a real writer, you know it is the worst feeling ever.

But before we talk about the writer's block cure, we need to talk about what causes writer's block first.

What is writer's block and what causes it?

Writer's block, or the complete shutdown of your creative side, is the fear of sounding inarticulate and not being able to express your ideas in an eloquent, impactful, and awe-inspiring way. It is caused by the fear of the unknown. The first fear being that what you say will sound awkward, and the second fear being that you don't have the right words in the first place.

Your brain will automatically shut itself down to protect you from the judgement of others. But mainly to protect you from your own harsh judgement of yourself.

You can try every writer's block cure, writer's block help, writer's block website, writer's block app, and writer's block ideas you want to, but they won't work. Because until you accept that you are a talented, but human and fallible writer, your brain will work to protect your positive self-esteem. And it won't let you write. This is just your brain's method of self-preservation.

That said, here are three ways of how to get rid of writer's block:

Writer’s Block Problem Solver #1.

Write down every thought you have as it comes to you. Writing down thoughts spontaneously overrides you brain's function of filtering out anything that it thinks isn't logical and articulate. To protect you. But if you write your thoughts down as you think them, your brain will realize this is okay and turn back on your creative flow of dangerously creative ideas.

So this means carrying around a pen and a small notebook to write everything fresh. Because once you stop to think about it, the left brain will take over again and shut you down. And there is nothing like having a lot of great ideas during the day, and then sitting down to write your own book later on and forgetting all of them. Because your left brain dismissed all of your creative ideas during your afternoon nap.

So stop staring at blank page. Do what most real writers do. Carry around a pen and write your ideas down on napkins, envelopes, or any piece of paper you can get your hands on. Then, when you are sitting at your computer, it will be easy to enter your new ideas into a word document.

Writer’s Block Problem Solver #2.

One of the most basic steps to writing a book is to write the conclusion first. If you are writing a book for the first time, your left brain will gladly help you with this. Because it's logical to write the conclusion of a book first, so you know where you are headed. And it will be easier to do because it will make sense to the left side of your brain.

So think about what you are really trying to prove, or where your story winds up, and write down the ending. Then all you have to do is follow the logical steps to writing a book outline. Use all of all the points that will prove your theory if you are writing nonfiction. Or develop a story line that leads to the ending if it is a novel. If it doesn't work out, rewrite your conclusion until you can complete the basics of writing a book.

Writer’s Block Problem Solver #3.

If you are having problems writing about one topic, set it aside and write about something else. Remember, your brain isn't selective about what it thinks won't work. Even if someone has told you that it sounds like you are writing a book for dummies, those doubts start to creep in and your brain shuts down. It doesn't want to to write a book online or anywhere else that people will laugh at. So it simply stops your creative thought process.

Nevertheless, the logical side of your brain likes solutions. Solutions like brainstorming.  So put your current idea on the back burner and brainstorm a list of other possible topics that interest you. Your left brain will allow you to do this because it makes sense. Abandon the bad idea and find a better one.

Then go back to step #2 and write a general conclusion on each new idea. Do some research and see if one topic stands out from all the rest. This topic will be the easiest one to write about and you will be further along on the steps to writing a book and getting it published. Or, by doing more research you may find out what was wrong with your first idea and you can fix it. The left side of your brain will love that. And this is actually how to start writing a book for beginners, not writer's block.

Writer’s Block: Getting A Book Published.

Once you have overcome your writer’s block, you will be much closer to publishing a book. Take advantage of the internet to write a book online, or write a book proposal for traditional publishers. Either way, you will be on your way to writing a bestseller. Especially if you love the topic you are writing about. And your left brain cooperates.

I know you can do it.

How To Write A Book

See also: https://brenthollister.blogspot.com/2018/01/writers-block-how-to-write-self-help.html