Susan Isaacs is the bestselling author of several novels including Compromising Positions, Close Relations, and As Husbands Go.
What is your method for overcoming writer’s block?
Those first two weeks, though, a block can be a productive period. Sometimes your non-conscious mind needs time to alter the outline of your work or create a new character or even rewrite the conclusion you'd been so sure of. Then it will tap your consciousness on its shoulder and say, "Hey, I have some revisions."
On the other hand, if you're in your third week of a mindless computer games or rewatching Season 1 of Dexter, it’s pretty clear you have issues. Here are some ways to get out of the clutches of the old-time-wasting devil.
Get help. Talk to a therapist, a wise and benevolent friend, or your rabbi (in the literal or metaphoric sense)
Writing is a job. You have to go to work regularly or the work simply will not get done. If you're working full-time, set aside a couple of weeknights and part of the weekend in which to work. Otherwise, you should be working at least five days a week for at least two to three hours. Remember this: if you didn't show up for work, you'd be fired. If you don't show up for your writing work, you lose, too. You won't be a writer.
- Many writers find it impossible to resist the siren call of the Internet. Therefore, turn off your wireless. Set specific times to check your e-mail and did not look at it until those times. If the computer is still exerting too great a pull on your mind or heart, turn it off, grab a notebook and pen, and go write in another room or at the public library. I would avoid Starbucks: you'll waste too much energy on trying to look like a writer to actually do much good writing.