#WritingTips Various Stages of Writer’s Block

4 Jan


So, as promised, 2016 has brought new changes to http://www.ShannonAThompson.com. I’ll still have guest posts sometimes on Mondays, but it’s mainly going to be reserved for popular past posts. They will either be rewritten or posted as is (depending on if the information has changed or not since then). Example? Today’s text is more or less the same, but the photos/gifs are new.

Today’s post was originally posted on August 12, 2014. The original post can be found here. Right now, I’m picking them with Random.Org, so stick with me while I try to figure out another method. If there is one you loved that you want to see updated, don’t hesitate to ask for it! I’m open to suggestions.

Various Stages of Writer’s Block

Oh, the dreaded writer’s block. The horror of the static pen. The silence of untapped keyboards. The banging of your forehead against the desk.

We’ve all been there—some of us more than others—and that’s why we can all relate to it (and hopefully laugh at it). So I wanted to share the various stages of writer’s insanity.

Stage One: Staring (a.k.a. Denial)

Oh, no. Oh, no. This is not happening. This cannot be happening. I have a deadline. An actual deadline! (Okay. So I set the deadline myself, but still!) I do not have time for this. I NEED to be able to write.


Stage Two: Pacing (a.k.a. Panic)

Why is this happening?! ::breathes heavily for five minutes:: Okay. I got this. I will get through this. I just need to walk away for a little bit. Okay. Never mind. I need a drink. Drinking is good. Ernest Hemingway used to drink. “Drink write, edit subor?” Why can’t I write drunk? I can’t even spell! Oh, god. I’ll never be good at this.


If you have not seen Midnight in Paris, shame on you.

Stage Three: Running away (a.k.a. More Panic)

I just need to relax. How do I relax again? Reading! I love reading. I can tackle my TBR pile in no time. ::sits down with book:: Who is this author? Why do they write so…so perfectly? Why can’t I write like this? I’ll never write something this lovely. ::throws book across room:: I can’t read right now. Who am I kidding? I need to step away from the books. I know! I’ll go for a walk, and I’ll look at the stars. The stars are nice. ::goes outside:: It’s cloudy. Great. Of course, it’s cloudy.

If you haven't seen Silver Linings Playbook, double shame on you.

If you haven’t seen Silver Linings Playbook, double shame on you.

Stage Four: Return (a.k.a. Let It Go)

All right. ::sits down at computer:: What the hell is wrong with this manuscript? What is wrong with me? (Two hours pass, nothing changes.) ::finally puts computer away for the night:: I just need a break, a nice dinner, and a good night’s sleep.


And you expected a gif from Frozen.

Stage Five: Acceptance (a.k.a. Overcoming It!)

::wakes up in the morning after the worst day ever:: I feel rested. Why is my protagonist sitting in my computer chair? ::stands up and crosses the room. Protagonist types with one hand and hands you a coffee with the other as you read over their shoulder:: “Oh! That’s what I did wrong.” I forced everything, but now it’s resolved. Writer’s block, you silly thing.

Time to sit down and write again.


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12 Responses to “#WritingTips Various Stages of Writer’s Block”

  1. TGHSLG January 4, 2016 at 3:22 am #

    Thank you for the excellent post Shannon.

    • Shannon A Thompson January 4, 2016 at 3:33 am #

      So glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for reading and commenting.

  2. Charles Yallowitz January 4, 2016 at 5:09 am #

    That definitely covers it. The pacing stage causes trouble for me. I tend to turn with a hop, which makes people on the next floor down think I keep falling down.

    • Shannon A Thompson January 4, 2016 at 5:14 am #

      Pacing is a tedious adventure we must partake on. 🙂

      • Charles Yallowitz January 4, 2016 at 5:39 am #

        Though it can be fun if you combine socks and polished wooden floors. 😀

      • Shannon A Thompson January 4, 2016 at 4:35 pm #

        That can also go terribly, terribly wrong. lol

  3. Rachel January 4, 2016 at 5:52 am #

    My problem is the staring. I can sit and do nothing for a long time.

  4. the modest verge book blog January 4, 2016 at 11:10 am #

    I love the gifs. (Guilty of not seeing the movies.) Excellent post! Thank you! ~Lynn

    • Shannon A Thompson January 4, 2016 at 4:36 pm #

      Oh, man! The movies are definitely worth it. Midnight in Paris is MADE for writers.


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