5 Proven Ways to Get Out of the Rut and Finish Your Book
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Everyone talks about the writer’s block, but no one provides any solutions. And even if they do, the solutions are often ineffective and proverbial. But when you find yourself stuck in the middle of a book thinking what to write, or simply unable to proceed with the narrative, there are ways to get out of that rut and continue.
Basically, these are strategies to write a book faster. Minor things that you can do as a writer to continue composing with the same old vigor.
5 Proven Ways to Write a Book Faster
Follow these, and they may even ensure that you stick to the timeline given by your publisher or the one you have fixed for yourself if you are planning to self-publish.
- Change the Setting
Not the setting of your novel but your writing environment.
Just get out of your house, drive to a spot that you love, and try to resume your book. This spot can be a distant café that you know outside the city or a resort that promises peace. Whatever you choose, make sure you take only the essentials.
This can be an effective change that can give you fresh new energy to finish writing your book. For example, fantasy writer J. K. Rowling is famously known to have written many of her Harry Potter books in a small café in Edinburgh, Scotland. The famous activist writer Maya Angelou used to write in near-empty hotel rooms with no art on the walls to distract her despite owning a big house. She used to leave her home at 5.30 in the morning, go to hotel rooms, which she kept in every town she lived in, and then write there till 6.30 in the evening.
- Stop Writing and Start Reading
As mentioned above, there are two types of writer’s block: unable to think what to write and unable to think about how to write/proceed with a narrative that you already know.
Oftentimes, this rut can be interrupted by stopping. Just pause your writing and pick up a book that is of a genre entirely different from your subject. Writing a rom-com short about a TikTok love story? Pause the writing and pick up a book on casteism in India. Or an Amish Tripathi novel. Or an old newspaper.
Give it a few days before you pick up your manuscript back again.
Sometimes a break from monotony is all that is needed to revive your energies
to move forward or restart something with a new zeal.
- Stop Writing and Do Nothing
This is another proven method to tackle writer’s block. Simply stop all forms of writing, reading, and comprehension. And instead, engage in something else, like watching cat videos, scrolling through memes on Reddit, or just talking to an old relative.
Don’t touch a book or a keyboard for a few days, and you will get a natural tug to get back to doing what you really love: writing.
- Solve the Problems in Your Book
What can you do if you are unable to think about what to write?
Reading your unfinished manuscript from the start may help. It can give you the much-needed segue or story sub-arcs to proceed. If you are writing a novel, revisiting the characters and your personal notes may be enough to get inspired.
- Ask for Mid-Book Feedback
Writers usually prefer to give their work for feedback only after they have finished writing it. But a surprisingly easy way to write faster is to get an opinion early in the process.
Seek help from your partner or a close friend. Some advice will definitely come your way.
A bonus tip for when you are feeling stuck while writing; is to combine two or more of the ways recommended above. Remember: a slight change is all you need to get a fresh perspective and write faster.
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