My Novel Writing Friend,

I really don't believe that writer's block exists in the conventional sense. It's not that there aren't any more books left in your head, it is most likely that your are having problems shifting from the creative side of you brain into the mechanical, writing side as I've mentioned earlier.
Some writers have used limbering up exercises such as writing gibberish, or scribbling to warm up. Try studying the techniques used for automatic writing. Mediate on getting an answer from your subconscious on the best way to turn this stream of ideas from your head into words on your paper.

Ray Bradbury suggested that we should “Write faster than we can think!” What we are doing then is tricking our conscious mind so that the subconscious can play. Any tricks to distract our conscious mind should work.

While I don't recommend this for writing your book, it reminds me of several instances in the past. I'll be driving and while my conscious mind is busy with the mechanical tasks of driving, my subconscious comes through with some amazing ideas or answers to problems that have been on my mind.

The famous novelist, screenwriter and playwright, S.L. Stebel, devised a method to get around your mental censor, and attempt to engage the subconscious in a productive collaboration.

Maybe it's just a matter of adjusting your attitude. If you think that what you are writing stinks, it probably will! I've had great success with being excited about what I'm writing, realizing that it will be successful and then nothing can stop the flow of great ideas into words!

Pull that story out of the back recesses of your
mind, just like magic! Here's how...

Here is an amazing method of subconscious writing used by the famous writer, S.L. Stebel, I hope he doesn't mind my sharing his secret with you. Here goes:

As soon as you wake in the morning, go to the spot where you normally do your writing start writing. Write as fast as you can, go crazy, don't stop to think about what you are writing, just write everything as it comes to your mind. You should end up with at least a page and a half, maybe up to 5 pages.

Don't even attempt to edit it or put it in any can of order. Let each word or phrase lead to the next one.  Whatever you do, don't go back and read what you've written. At some point you will come to an end. Just stop at this point and don't try to force it.

Now, and this may sound crazy, put all these scribblings away without looking at them. Then forget about them. Then in at least week, maybe more, no less or you are inviting failure, pull it out. Grab a felt tip marker and as you read, circle those words and phrases that jump off the page at you. Now list what you've circled on a separate page.

You probably won't recall having written these. These are trigger words, emotional messages, cries for help from those stories that have been hidden away in your mind and are trying to get out.

Your subconscious mind is actually sending you messages, but these messages are in code, so here's how we are going to crack the code...

Now, using only the list of words or phrases that you had circled, go through these circled words and phrases very quickly and scribble down all the ideas that come to your mind. Then go through the whole process several times. 

When should you stop? Actually you will know when to stop, you will start to see connections between these circled words and phrases and story outlines will start to form. You may also start seeing things from your childhood that have been hidden away in the back of your head. But it really works, try it if you dare!

All these years you've been searching for story ideas in the external World, while the best stories have been inside you begging to be  released. You've finally communicated with your muse!

Still doubting the power of the subconscious? OK, let me tell you a story about Mozart. I consider Mozart to be the finest musician ever! Everything he composed stands out with a sort of otherworldly effect. Mozart's music has pizzazz and excitement, nothing boring from Mozart, just lots of passion!

Mozart once said that tunes were always “walking into his head” fully fledged, and all he had to do was write them down. Where did they come from? That other self in the right brain of course. Are you ready to accept and make use of these stories that are ready to flow from your inner mind?

Your Very Novel Writing Friend,

Gil Carlson

P.S. Like these ideas? I have more book writing insight to share with you on this websight of mine such as... Ready to write a great book? Write what you feel, not what you know; Novel ideas for  creating your story Line; And don't miss out on these 14 Secrets to help you write the Great Novel, I'm sure they will be helpful;  Novel subconscious writing ideas - Writing subconsciously;  Non-fiction book and novel writing motivation tipsMotivating your novel writing abilities; What makes for a good story?; An emotional book writing method: Be an inspired writer; How to write a novel using the art of storytelling.

P.P.S. Also checkout my four copywriting eBooks listed in the right column of this page. Even if you have no interest in copywriting, you just may find some powerful ideas in there to help with your book writing. Or maybe you might want to try your hand at working as freelance copywriter until your book hits No. 1 on the best seller list! Also my Copywriting Headlines and Copywriting Words eBooks may prove to be a great boost to the quality of your book writing. Sure, I'm trying boost sales of my copywriting books, but my main concern is to be as helpful as possible to your writing efforts! 

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