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How I got past Writer’s Block

How to avoid writer's block - Young Adult Author RendezvousWritten by Lauren Mayhew

At some point in every writer’s life, writer’s block kicks in, and when it does, I think you can agree it’s the absolute worst. Even though you know you’re capable of writing the story in your head, the words just won’t come out.

What I’m about to say is by no means the only way to defeat writer’s block, but this is what worked for me, so hopefully I can help a few of you out if you’re struggling too.

My writer’s block began after I’d published my first book, ‘Reality is in a Dream’. I had a short break before beginning the writing process of book 2, ‘Mourning Memories’, and when I started to write book 2, I was very enthusiastic that the process would be swift. However, about 20,000 words in, I began to hate everything that I’d written up to that point, and then I re-wrote the whole lot.

This put a massive spanner in the works. I’d completely lost my flow, and although I had a very descriptive plan, I just couldn’t find the motivation or inspiration to do any writing. At this point, I was also hand writing everything, and then typing it up later. It was a slow process, and in the end, it took me 18 months to write book 2. That didn’t include the edits, and formatting time.

Because of this extremely long process, I kept putting off the writing of book 3. I couldn’t even bring myself to write a plan out, because without this, I couldn’t start writing, or that’s what I told myself anyway. But then NaNoWriMo came around, and with the encouragement of a few others in this group, I decided to give it a go.

I didn’t write book 3 of my trilogy for NaNo, as I was still procrastinating about that one, but I did manage to write 50,000 words of a different book, the fastest I’d ever written a book in my entire life. I was no longer hand writing, simply typing directly onto Microsoft Word, and the words just kept flowing. I had a plan for this book, but I think I only looked at it once. The story ran away with itself, and turned into something I’m extremely proud of.

50K50Days - Day 50 - Lauren Mayhew Author - Young Adult Author RendezvousSo, when I finally decided to write the third book in my trilogy, I took inspiration from NaNo. I set myself a new challenge, to write 50,000 words in 50 days. I posted every day on my social media accounts, letting my followers know about my progress, and that pretty much forced me not to give up. I still hadn’t finished the plan for the book, but once I’d started, the characters took over, and before I knew it, the story was written.

Having less of a structured plan to follow, a daily target to reach, and followers on social media expecting updates, I managed to overcome my writer’s block. In the space of four months, I managed to write two books. Neither of them are close to being finished, but the story is there to be edited, and that’s sometimes the hardest part for me. I’ve given myself a break from both of them, but I’ll be going back to the third book in my trilogy soon, and hope to have it published by the end of summer.

Set yourself a challenge, and you may be surprised what you’re capable of!

YAAR Official Online Launch Party

Written by
Sarah Wathen

This weekend, the members of YAAR enjoyed our first Facebook Launch Party! I say “first” because I think that everyone involved would agree the event was a smashing success and we need to have another one very soon—especially for our members and readers in the UK and Europe, who were largely unable to attend in the dead of the night in their time zones.

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The success of our launch was due to careful planning, generosity in contributing to giveaways, plenty of hard work, and the commitment of so many great members who showed up and kept the party rolling for three hours. One of my favorite parts of the night were the conversation starters, like “Which leading man makes you drool?” Many people nominated leading men from YAAR books! When asked where everyone was hailing from that night, it was amazing to see all the different places around the world, all of us coming together for a party!

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Members who tweeted, invited followers and friends, and helped get the word out did an excellent job! Over 130 people were logged to attend—I have no idea how many actually did, but the whole night was a flurry of activity it was hard to keep up with. The games never stopped and prizes were given away constantly. Our prize stash was impressive! Bundles of ebooks in every genre, signed books, swag and Amazon gift cards.

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In order to get the grand prize, there was so much liking and sharing, I think we made a pretty good splash that night!

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For everyone who was able to be a part of the launch, authors and readers—book lovers—thank you!

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