If you’re like most writers you’ll eventually suffer from some type of writers block. I find it happens to me when I’m transitioning from the beginning to the middle or the middle to the climax of the story. It always seems to happen around the ten page mark of the first draft for me. Recently though, I’ve gotten past this and will share a little trick that I’ve learned to get the creative juices flowing… Situation: You’ve just finished the introduction of your characters and developed your plot in the first ten pages of your story and now, the cursor just flashes – you don’t know what to write or how to start the middle of your story… First, there are a number of reasons why the cursor is just flashing and they are usually personal, abject traits of the writer…For me, it’s usually some level of doubt. In the back of my mind I’m already editing the first ten pages. My inner-critic is already tearing apart my stories start and not allowing me the creative freedom I need to start the middle of the story. Background: Let’s say for example I introduced the reader to John. John is pathetic example of a human being, he’s an abuser: He abuses his wife, his friends, alcohol, etc. After ten pages skimming the character traits of John I’m now at the middle of the story and in the back of my mind there are already edits that I want to make to John’s character (pun intended). An excerpt from Project Northwest: The end of the previous chapter (before the writer block kicked in) goes something like this: My Trick: When I’m stuck, I copy a paragraph (can be any paragraph in the story but I usually select one with action or conflict in it and one closest to the end of the previous chapter). I then close MS Word, open a new document and paste in the copied paragraph. I paste in this paragraph: “Never ice a fine scotch and never waste your money on rotgut,” John chided as he brought the glass to his lips and let the scotch velvet his tongue before swallowing the mouthful in a single gulp. Now with a single paragraph on an empty page – I try (actually I force myself) to write a continuation sentence as a question…I find that a "Why" question usually works best. Something like: Did the scotch burn his throat? Did he enjoy it (fully)? Why did he chide his son? I pick one and start writing about it… And I type without concern of grammar: He chided his son because he knew it would come up later, he was bitter about the intrusion. blah, blah, blah. Honestly, I rarely use whatever I typed that day - - but - - I’m not blocked anymore either and soon I end up with a nice start to the next chapter. So the next time you’re blocked, try this technique and see if it works for you.