How to tackle writer's block
Now I know how much annoying it is to plan but seriously it makes all the difference. If you are going to start an OS/SS/FF then it will be better to plan especially if it's going to be a long one. You need a rough idea of what the story will be about so make a mind map (or something similar) with a few points of what will happen in the starting, middle and end. You do not need to stick to it but it will help you when you have no idea on what to write! If you think of other things to add, put them in so you know what you've already done and how to achieve the ending (adds to the consistency).
One thing that I find really helps me is planning each chapter. Usually I do two or three chapters in advance, and all it is, is writing a few words of what you want the chapter to be of. For example;
Chapter 1: Meeting lead characters, introduce family.
Chapter 2: Lead characters meet each other, they argue
Just simple words which will make the basis of your chapter. Again you do not have to stick to it but it will give you a clear breakdown. The good thing about this is that when in the future you have to refer back to something that had happened you can easily access it through the planning.
Sometimes It would be easier to go back and write what you've already written. The worst thing is when you read something and it doesn't make sense to what you've already written. For example, if you say a character likes one colour but you've forgotten what you've written, and put another colour, yes it can put a reader off. Hence what I do is write all the things about each character so that anything I write in the future chapter(s) do not seem confusing.
The worst thing is writing something that you don't seem interested in. That will add to more of a writer's block and as Faye says LWS (lazy writer's syndrome).
Edited by ZAHARA. - 23 January 2013 at 1:03pm