How to Conquer Writer’s Block: Tip 32


Here is a great tip from Ammi-Joan Paquette, wonderful author (writing as A.J. Paquette) and literary agent extraordinaire at the Erin Murphy Literary Agency. Personally, I live by what she suggests! Her new novel NOWHERE GIRL comes out from Walker in September.

“MAKE LISTS: I’m a very method-focused writer, and sometimes when my
work-in-progress feels too scattered or disorganized, I start to flounder. In these times, or when I’m just stuck for no good reason that I can see, my best technique is to start making lists.

Whether it’s a plot brainstorm, chapter breakdown, specific goals I want to attain within the manuscript—the simple act of creating this list serves to get my creative juices flowing every time. Then, once the list is done, I can just start with #1 and poof! No more blockage. It’s not always that simple, of course, but some form of this almost always works for me.”

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