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Design Your Epic Novel ~ Overcoming Writer's Block

teacher avatar Jami McDonald-Brumfield, Design Your Desired Future

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Lessons in This Class

23 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. Design Your Epic Novel ~ Writer’s Block

    • 2. Writer's Block Class Project

    • 3. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 1

    • 4. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 2

    • 5. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 3

    • 6. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 4

    • 7. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 5

    • 8. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 6

    • 9. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 7

    • 10. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 8

    • 11. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 9

    • 12. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 10

    • 13. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 11

    • 14. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 12

    • 15. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 13

    • 16. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 14

    • 17. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 15

    • 18. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 16

    • 19. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 17

    • 20. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 18

    • 21. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 19

    • 22. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 20

    • 23. Overcoming Writer's Block Techniques Class Project and Conclusion

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About This Class

This class is a show and tell, share your experience and knowledge kind of class. If you write for a living, chances are, you've faced writer's block. As a self published author of over 20 titles I've faced Writer's Block and learned techniques to overcome this obstacle. As a coach, hypnotist, and Master NLP Practitioner I've helped many clients overcome this challenge. This is not a one size fits all kind of fix. That is why in this training I've listed 20 ways to overcome Writer's Block. Most likely, one or two of these will work for you.

This is not just a class full of information but also a show and tell experience. When you share your class project others will be able to read your story and you'll be able to read theres. One thing I've learned over the last few years as an independently published author is that writing can be lonely but many authors realize it takes a village and there are multiple ways to support each other. I hope you enjoy this class. I look forward to reading your projects. 

The other classes in the Design Your Epic Novel series are below:

I also highly recommend checking out my goal setting and action planning series titled Design Your Desired Future. You can use these techniques for writing of many other areas of your life like career, relationships, and personal lifestyle changes.

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Jami McDonald-Brumfield

Design Your Desired Future


Hello, I am Jami McDonald-Brumfield. I'm a certified Transpersonal Hypnotherapist, Master NLP Practictioner, Reiki Master, Life, Career and Relationship Coach. I like to jumble everything together under the title of Transformation Coach because that is what I focus on when working with clients.

I am also a published and self-published author in multiple fiction genres with over 20 current titles.

My training videos will include real life exercises you can use from multiple modalities because everyone is a little different. You're going to find tools to help you work through whatever the class objective is and learn techniques you can use in multiple areas of your life.

I look forward to seeing your projects and feedback from the trainings. Pick a class and lets g... See full profile

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1. Design Your Epic Novel ~ Writer’s Block: writer's block is something every writer faces. It happens multiple times over multiple issues, and most writers seem to have their own way of overcoming it. I'm sorry to say it's not a one size fits all kind of thing, but I am happy to say, As an author, I found many ways that work for me and as a coach, I've worked with many clients to help them overcome this obstacle as well. This is such a common occurrence that I've done additional research to find ways to overcome this issue for my clients. As part of my design, your epic novel Siri's I'd like to share 20 of the most effective techniques that I've learned in hopes that you can use one or more of these two age you with your writer's block challenges. I'm New York Times best selling author Jamie Brumfield and I have over 20 self published titles. Some of my best sellers Air posted on this green I published my first full length novel titled Lone Wolf, Rising in 2013 and have been steadily publishing since I face writer's block personally and as a coach and master NLP practitioner, I've helped myself and others overcome writer's block. My experience in this room is extensive, and I'm excited to pass these tips on to you. If you're a blogger, author, aspiring author, copywriter, journalist, website, writer and designer, or just about anyone who writes for a living and has faced writer's block this training this for you, quick and roll and let's get started. 2. Writer's Block Class Project: I am super excited. You've decided Take this course and I am looking forward to hearing all about your own challenges. Is this area and how you've overcome writer's block in the past as well as I Looking forward to hearing how you planned overcome writer's block in the future to in your class projects. The first thing is stresses that writer's block happens to every writer. There are multiple reasons for writer's block time, fear, perfectionism, confidence, inspiration, planning, motivation and more Acknowledge that you're not alone in this feeling. Sometimes it can feel lonely being a writer, and it can be even more lonely when you feel no escape from the writer's block. I've been there, and I've built a process to help me through the dreaded writer's block, and that process is to work through multiple techniques. I'm going to share with you hear some may work. Others may not. You might even design your own techniques from this list by adapting techniques. That's how I overcame a lot of my own writer's block experience because I have a touch of a D. H D. And so I had to adapt things. I've listed 20 different techniques in this course personally, it takes one or two for me, and I'll really depends on what is triggering the block. The project for this class is to tell us a story of how you face writer's block in the past and what you did to overcome this in the project gallery. Also, tell us what you plan to do in the future to overcome writer's block. Did you find any of the techniques in this course helpful? This is a show Intel experience. Reading each other's experiences and stories reminds us we're not alone. That's an additional piece that you have with this course. I'm looking forward to seeing your class projects and hopefully some interaction between students as well. Thank you very much for taking this. Courson. I will see you in the next video. 3. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 1: Let's jump right in and get started on those techniques. You probably heard this before. Step away from your writing when you're talking about a writer's block, and that's good. But I like to add an additional piece to that step away and do something else that is creative. Sometimes the blockages simply related to pushing too hard and needing a break. If you're on a roll but feel like you have hit a tough spot, walk away from the project you're working on and find something else to do that really sparks the creative side of your mind. Sometimes I'll go into the kitchen and I'll create a new meal out of an old recipe. I did this the other day, and it was awesome. Instead of plain old grilled cheese sandwich, I coated the sandwich with egg and milk batter sprinkled on some thyme and oregano, cut up some tomatoes and green onions and stuck them inside. Before I fried it up. The meal was delish, and when I went back to my work, I was inspired to write a sexy cooking scene 4. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 2: technique. Number two is free writing. You'll hear this one from a lot of writers. Free writing is fun and can free the mind from a tough writers black. The idea behind this is that your creative mind is getting clogged up by other thoughts that are interfering. When you feel this issue, the goal should be to pull out a notebook and just start writing your essentially creating what I like to call is the data dump. Some of these thoughts might be to do list items. Others might be thoughts for a book or plot. Um, some might be feelings that you need acknowledging and working through. It doesn't matter what is written down. It matters that you simply dumped the data onto the paper so you can unclog the blockage and get back to writing your story. Be sure to remember, though, that once you've dumped the data onto that paper that you review the data that you've dumped. You want to review it to see if there's anything you need to take note of, and then get back to creating your fabulous story. 5. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 3: technique. Number three is about getting up and moving. Get up and move your body. Exercise, dance. Do some Tai Chee clean the house. It really doesn't matter what you do to get moving. The goal is to get the blood flowing and break the writing cycle. One of the things I dio is I plan my day, so one day or during the morning, I may work on one book. Um, then I'll go ahead and move around the house and do some cleaning and throw on some music and dance to the music while I'm cleaning the house. And then I'll go back to work on another book or the same book I was working on earlier, um, to go ahead and keep that. Keep that going, so I build it right into my schedule. It's like shocking yourself out of the writing process so that you can get back when you're feeling more refreshed. 6. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 4: technique. Number four is removing destructions if you're writing areas full distractions than the goals to remove them. Unless, of course, you thrive in ah, arena of distractions. Now I personally have a touch of a D h D. And this technique doesn't work for me because destructions occupy the part of my brain that is always on. If I have those distractions occupying that part of my brain, I can focus on the task at hand while the other part of my brain is being occupied. Some of my vesting zehr written when music is playing in the background, but other authors can't have distractions invited. Impossible to write with distractions around them. You'll have to find out which technique works best for you if you don't need distractions and you need to remove them. If distractions air OK, then you know, make sure the destructions that you have in the background, such as music plane, those are good distractions. You don't want bad destructions impact in your writing 7. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 5: technique. Number five kind of falls along the lines of distractions. Onley. This one is a little bit more in depth. It's about re evaluating your writing environment. Do you have a special place to write? Is it conducive to creative writing? Is it impacting your writing process? It can be helpful to look into your writing space. Personally, I can write about anywhere, but I used to struggle when I was working on a Siri's or complicated full like novel because I had difficulty keeping things straight and interrupting. The writing flow would create blocks before scrivener. I carried a notebook or nor code box with file cards. This was important for my environment. Now Scrivener has actually helped me personally in that area, and I'm back to being able to write just about anywhere as long as I have my laptop. I mentioned this here because prior to all of my previous techniques, my wall was plaster with notes for the story I was working on. Hence environment. So take a look at your writing area. Is it effective for your needs? If it isn't, find ways to adapt it to suit your needs 8. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 6: take the number six is an adaptation off of the free writing, as well as taking some of the learnings that I've taken from NLP nor linguistic programming and hypnotherapy and kind of combining them into an adaptation. Remember, I mentioned the data dump. You can use this another way as well. 20 minutes prior to bed, right out the problems you're having with writer's block and allow your subconscious mind to work through the issues while you sleep. You might find that you wake up refreshed and the block is removed. 9. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 7: technique number seven I have personally used in the past and found it very helpful, especially when it's the character or a difficult character that is causing a block, not necessarily the plot. And what this technique is is to try recording a conversation between yourself and the character that is giving you a hard time. You can use an audio recorder, or, if you prefer, you can simply right out this conversation with the character kind of a back and forth conversation together either way really works really well, and it kind of helps you to get to the bottom of what is causing the stubborness between the character continuing to flourish on the pages of your book. 10. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 8: you've probably heard technique number eight a lot, and you hear it a lot because it really does work. Technique. M Break is meditation. It allows you to clear your mind and focus inward. It gives you the opportunity to reduce the blocks and obstacles that are standing in your way and finding your story voice. I must admit I try to meditate at least once a day, at least 15 minutes a day. This is often put into my schedule for the day, and I oftentimes recommended it to my coaching clients as well. It is a simple way to find your center, relax and open the creative forces within you. 11. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 9: if I'm being completely honest. I struggled with technique number nine for at least two years of my published writing career and technique. Number nine is right in outline all. We have another training class on this on how to write outline for books during the design . Your epic novel Siri's. I think it's really important. There are two ways you can write one. You could be a pan stir or the other way you could be a plotter and both have great benefits. And if you are one or the other, that is perfectly fine. I personally prefer to be a hybrid of both. When you're a plotter, you create an outline. When you're a pan stir, you're basically just writing the story as you go along, and you don't necessarily plot too much of the plot points. If you're a hybrid of both, usually have an outline, and then you allow yourself wiggle room within the outline to be the pan stir, and that's how I like to write. This is one way to ensure you stay on track and allows you to flow easily. If you get stuck on a certain chapter or certain scene, they move on to the next chapter, which you've already outlined, and leave that one in for later when you can go ahead and come back to it and refreshed and really focus in on whatever was blocking you. Usually what I find is that four chapters ahead actually give me the answers that I need for the chapter that I had to leave blank when I was going through my writing process because there was something missing in my outline and my pants. Ter side wasn't necessarily picking up on that. All in all, if you haven't outline a general outline, whether your pants ter or a plotter, then this will definitely help you with writer's block. 12. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 10: we have hit are halfway mark on the 20 techniques for overcoming writer's block, and I'm really hoping that you found some great techniques to start using the future and maybe even had a few refreshers that you've used these techniques in the past to maybe just being reminded of them will be able to help you going forward. So technique number 10. Try seeing the story play out like a movie in your mind. I love this tactic. I usually closed my eyes and focus on a scene I allow that seem to play out in my mind, and then I can write it down immediately afterwards. It makes the scene more flushed out to, and I find when I go back to do the read throughs before edits, those scenes require less edits as well. 13. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 11: if you have an outline of your story or general idea where you're going with your story technique Number 11 can be really helpful in overcoming writer's block number 11 Skip chapter or skip scene and start a new one. There is nothing wrong with skipping a chapter or seeing and moving on to the next one. When you go back to write that chapter, you may find that it flows a lot easier because you needed to work out a scene in the book further down the road that really capitalize on the suspense of the chapter you're getting stuck on. 14. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 12: If you've taken any of my other classes, work with me in a coaching or hypnotherapy environment, then you know that visual imagery and guided meditation are very big for me and technique. 12 has a lot to do with that. So technique number 12 guided meditation Ask your in herself what is blocking you. Being a certified hypnotherapist, life coach and NLP practitioner, I put a lot of steak and visual imagery or guided meditations. I've seen these techniques work with countless of clients and make in these techniques make amazing changes in their lives. One of the more popular types of guided meditation is to focus inward and talk to your inner self on the outside. This is a way to connect to your subconscious mind. So if you'd like to do ah, guided meditation or visual imagery than the Keith Key, things to focus in on is to find a quiet place where you could be undisturbed. Set your alarm on your phone or clock so that you know that you wake up within a certain period of time because you make it were so relaxed that you might fall asleep, make sure that you're in a place where you can safely close your eyes and focus inward in this guided imagery or meditation that I'm talking about. You want to imagine yourself in a safe place in your mind and by your inner voices in herself. Or you can even call this person a spiritual guide or a spirit animal to your safe place, and then ask them any questions or seek guidance from them to help you move past the blockage that you're facing. This is a very effective technique, because that in herself is usually represent a representation of your subconscious mind. So this is a way to get your subconscious mind to talk to your conscious mind without going into, like, a deep hypnosis or a deeper neural linguistic programming. And this is something that you can do on your own. You can do it multiple times. 15. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 13: Here's another guided meditation technique. Number 13 is about removing unknown blocks. This is another visual imagery that works really well, especially when you don't know what the blocks are. Obstacles are so just like before, when you're doing a visual imagery or got a meditation. You want someplace quiet where you can be undisturbed, where you can set your clock or your alarm on your phone to make sure that your only within that visual imagery for a certain amount of time. Ah, place where you can close your eyes safely and allow yourself to focus inward. And in this visual imagery, you're going to want to imagine yourself again someplace in nature anywhere. Nature's fine and you you're walking in nature and you come to a set of stairs and you're going to start moving down the stairs as you're moving down the stairs. Invite blocks and obstacles. Teoh Movin on the steps. They're going to be various forms and shapes again. Your subconscious mind knows what these shapes are, what they represent, but your conscious mind will not always know that, and that's okay because the whole act of doing this is just removing those blocks and allow your subconscious mind to work on it on its own, so use any means possible to remove those blocks from your path. Some people take a broom and sweep it away. Some people push those obstacles off of their path as they're walking down the steps. Some people will even take it like a car teen cartoon gavel in, smash those blocks in tow tiny little pieces and then sweep them off. It's completely up to you how you choose to remove those, but as you're walking down the stairs, you want to remove those obstacles from your path. In this visual imagery, your subconscious mind really does have the ability to understand what that block is. But your conscious mind it doesn't need to know because your subconscious mind will be working on removing that black as you're doing the visual imagery. It is simply the act of removing the unknown obstacles, and it is very, very helpful, especially if you don't have time or want to really deep dive into what is actually causing the block. This should really open the creative lines in your mind and body again so you can work on your story 16. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 14: technique. Number 14 is to write a character interview in my class called Creating an Amazing Character. I ask you to write a character interview as a class project. This is a great way to get to know your character and really flushed them out. Sometimes it's not the plot that is causing the writer's block, but the character. This will get the creative thought process going and helped to reinvigorate the story writing process. It will also create great marketing tools that you can use in the future. When you do finish your book, try it out. You'll be surprised at how well it helps. 17. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 15: technique. Number 15 is to talk it out with a trusted confidante. My husband is my go to person when I'm facing Block and Reimer my writing, my best friend and fellow author is second person that I turned to when I need to bounce ideas around. Also have a malt multiple writer groups that I belonged to and my fan club that I could turn to in order to bounce ideas with. The important point here is that writing doesn't have to be a solo adventure, and sometimes talking to others about what is blocking you can really help unlock what you may not see. 18. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 16: technique. Number 16 is a really fun technique, and it really does help break up the monotony. Sometimes it happens when you're writing technique. Number 17 16 is to engage social media followers. I have a great group of fans in my reading group online, and I chat with them on multiple occasions about story ideas, plot twist, characters and many other things. Not only do they offer great insight, they allow me to see what my readers like, and they are extremely motivating. I mean, seriously, they really do give me motivation when I'm having a bad day. Even if you haven't published your first book, I highly recommend you start a fan club of like minded individuals that enjoy the kind of story that you're writing and that you plan on publishing. 19. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 17: technique. Number 17 is a lot of fun. Read a book, sometimes stepping away completely, and reading a book is a great way to unlock your creative mind. I don't know about you, but for me, reading books motivated me to become an author. A lot of authors will tell you that that's what really motivated them to become an author themselves. So keeping up with your favorite authors helps to keep you engaged. Don't be afraid to take a break and escape into another authors world for a while while you unlock your own creative blocks. 20. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 18: technique. Number 18 is about reviewing your routine. We all have a routine, even if we don't plan that routine. We have a routine. We have habits and and, um, processes that we go through on a normal basis, and this is even applies to our writing. Sometimes it's helpful to change it. Sometimes a routine can become a hindrance. So if you change your routine up once in a while, it becomes more of Ah, okay, there's more excitement, motivation going on here so you can go ahead and your creative juices might unlock and become more effective. So review your routine around writing and change it if needed. If you don't keep it the same, maybe you need to tighten things up. It's totally up to you, but take a look at your routine if you're having writer's block, sometimes changing that routine will really help spice things up 21. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 19: technique. Number 19 is a tried and true proven technique to work for writer's block in many other areas, and that is brainstorming, brainstorming. So think about it. If you're if you're stuck on a story and you got your writer's block, if you pull out a piece, paper and a pencil and you just start putting ideas onto the sheet of paper, maybe plot twist ideas or character twist ideas, or whatever you're feeling is kind of getting garbled up there and stuck. Then you're gonna find that you're flushing out more of the story and you're. And perhaps the writers black that you had was because you weren't telling enough of the story in your subconscious mind. Didn't know how to tell your conscious mind that brainstorming helps with that. There's many other reasons why you would want a brainstorm, but brainstorming really opens up the ideas. Throw anything out there on the piece of paper, throw the noodle up against the wall and see if it sticks. What you might come up with weight really help you with your brain. Start with your writer's block 22. Overcoming Writer's Block Technique # 20: technique. Number 20 is to review her story. Sometimes it is difficult to admit that the premise the outline in the characters that you've created aren't engaging enough to create a fooling or even in novella or short story . You've tried multiple techniques, and you can't seem to get past this block. Maybe you need to review the story is the length you're going for the right size to tell this story? Is it engaged enough to carry the story to keep the audience engaged into is the Are the characters flushed out enough to really make a difference? If it isn't, you may need to start over from scratch, are do a complete overhaul or pull things from the story and reshape it into another story . And that is OK, that's this is one technique that you can use to get over writer's block because the block isn't about writing. It's about the story not working, and you need to make a change 23. Overcoming Writer's Block Techniques Class Project and Conclusion: congratulations. You've now completed all 20 techniques, and I hope you've taken away something that you can use in the future to help you work through writer's block. Now it's time to show until and upload your project into the gallery. Tell us about a time you've had to get over riding black and how you achieve this and share with us what you think of the techniques shared in this class. I look forward to reading all of your projects. I want to thank you for taking this course and participating in the project portion. Please be sure to review the class in, share it with others and definitely check out my other classes. I think you'll find them very beneficial. Thank you again. Have a wonderfully successful day.