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How to overcome writers' block

According to Wikipedia writer's block is 'a condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work, or experiences a creative slowdown. The condition ranges from difficulty in coming up with original ideas to being unable to produce a work for years.'

Many writers have suffered from this kind of creative constipation, and I have been asked at my talks if I indeed have ever experienced the condition. At present, with twenty-four published crime novels to my name I am pleased to say I haven't and long may it last.

There are however times when I'm not sure how to develop a character or plot and therefore grind to a halt. When this happens there are three techniques I employ that might also help other writers.


I can choose to write through this barren spot, thumping out words on the keyboard knowing they are rubbish but that eventually I will come out the other end with an idea which can be developed and licked into shape.


Pauline Rowson on locationI go for a long walk, usually around the harbours where I live, or deep into the countryside. This is not only great for thinking through plots but also helps to give me more energy, not to mention toning the muscles and keeping off the weight. And as my novels are set around the sea can at the same time stimulate plot ideas for future novels.



I pick up my knitting, which is great for stimulating the creative juices and not only does it help when thinking through plots and characters but I also get a nice cardigan at the end of it!

So there you have it!

My three top tips for coping with or overcoming writer's block:

1. Work through it, keep writing even if what you are writing is rubbish. You will come out the other side.

2. Take some outdoor exercise, connect with nature, look around you, listen to sounds - or if the city or town is your preferred choice, or you have no other option, then walk the streets, look at the architecture, watch people - always good for helping to develop characters - don't worry about your novel or your writing become absorbed in what is around you.

3. Take up knitting (or another creative craft and absorb yourself in it). Knitting, however is very good for stimulating the brain as the hand, eye and mind work in unison, and there is something soothing and yet invigorating in the rhythm of the needles.  You also get a very nice product at the end of it!

Pauline Rowson's gripping, entertaining crime novels full of twists and turns

Pauline Rowson's crime novels

If you enjoy reading gripping, fast-paced crime novels full of twists and turns, compelling and multi-layered with great characters and stories that keep you guessing right to the end then Pauline Rowson's crime novels are right up your street. 

Set against the back drop of the ever changing sea.

FEBRUARY 26TH, 2022 @ 7:26:41 GMT

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