On…Overcoming Writer’s Block
I don’t really get writers block. What typically happens is that I will be struggling with a scene in the book and realise what I have written is terrible. What I then do is stop, get up and get a coffee or if I need inspiration to write better I will pick up a book from one of my favourite authors and read for a while. That usually does the trick. My advice is that if you get stuck, don’t know what to write or the story has grinded to a halt then go and read. Reading someone else’s book is one of the best ways to overcome this.
On…What I Wish I’d Known
I wish I knew how wrong it was when people say it’s a very lonely existence when you are an author. It is completely wrong. When you spend hours a day just writing you will feel lonely. But when you spend hours a day living in the scene or inside you protagonists head or in a villains perverted mind, you are surrounded by people, places, smells, sights and emotions and it can be as busy as standing in Times Square on a Friday night. It’s the same tactic you need to embrace when you get writers block. You are not sitting at a desk gazing at words on a screen. You’re in a forest in the snow at night, someone is following you and you have just stumbled on a body. What would you do next?
Thank you for taking the time to talk to us today JK Ellem. You can find out more about this author on his website jkellem.com