What’s at the Root of Your Writing Impasse?

In her recent post about How Writers Write: Lessons Learned from Monica Hesse , professional writer Deb Hemley ( @dhemley ) explored how writing in-depth narrative nonfiction can require immersing yourself in the story. Today, she discusses how continue writing when immersion isn’t enough keep the words flowing. Sometimes, even after the immersive writing experiences, you may still reach an impasse in your writing. What do you do then keep the words flowing? Discover what’s at the root of the writing impasse. Let’s examine a few that will help keep the words flowing you gain clarity on what’s causing the obstacle. Courting Inspiration Inspiration for your subject matter needs to remain high throughout the writing process. If you feel and can’t get the creative juice flowing, maybe you lack inspiration. Julia Goldberg in her book, Inside Story: Everyone’s Guide to and Writing Creative Nonfiction says, “Spending time thinking about writing, reading much , and courting inspiration all part of the [writing practice] amalgam. Part of courting inspiration is what makes you excited to write.” Courting inspiration can come in many different forms: reading books and magazines about […]

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