by Nigel Watts
If you are going through a hard time with your writing, start by talking to friends and family, although they won’t want to know the details they will probably be interested and supportive. For support and help with the actual process of writing, try to meet other writers through Writers’ Groups, Writing Courses and Internet forums.
There are several magazines for writers, and you may find the articles in them useful. They also carry adverts for writing services, including people who are willing, for a fee, to read your work and comment on it.
Writers’ block can be physical, emotional or psychological. Physical is all about your writing environment, or maybe your health – do what you can to improve these. Emotional blocks are caused when you don’t feel able to let your feelings out – while letting them out may not always be appropriate, simply acknowledging the emotions exist can unblock you. Psychological blocks come from negative beliefs about yourself – challenge these, and try to move beyond them. If the block persists, ask yourself whether the novel just isn’t ready to be written yet.
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