Getting Over Writer's Block ~ The Occasional FAQ

So, Gentle Reader, I'm not one of those authors who prattles on about writing being some sacred undertaking you simply must to do for yourself and no author should give another advice and blah blah blah. True, some of us writers are beret-wearing cognac-swilling arteests, but most of us are sweatpants-sporting caffeine-addicted artisans. We write because it's a job, and, that, Gentle Reader, isn't very romantic.

I believe you can learn to write. I believe that it is a craft. And I believe you are all perfectly capable of deciding whether to heed someone's advice or not.

A young lady once asked me what I did about writer's block. I used to say "I don't get writer's block," but what I think is more accurate is that I have work-arounds that cause writer's block to be more transient for me. So here you go, I am going to dole out advice. Take it, or don't.

Octopus Kite

What to do if you get writer's block?
Even if none of the above solutions make sense for your story, at least it keeps you writing. These are tools for the writer, not necessarily the book. Not everything has to be perfect right away, you can always go back and change it, or delete it entirely, later. This it your story, you are the absolute master of it.

I used to be a pretty bad "starter but not finisher" of novels, and I think it was because once I had introduced a character I got bored with her (or him). Now I simply keep throwing things at them because I realized that they have more to tell me than I originally thought.

So, those are my tips. Use them at your own peril.


Your Moment of Parasol . . .
1913  The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Steampunk statue at my local cafe

Your Tisane of Smart . . .
The Science of What Makes an Introvert and an Extrovert

Your Writerly Tinctures . . .  
Pitch, Please!


Curtsies & Conspiracies
~ The Finishing School Book the Second. Out now!   
Soulless Vol. 3 (AKA Blameless the manga) ~ Out now! 

Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third. I honestly do not yet know the exact release date. Probably early November 2014.
Manners & Mutiny ~ The Finishing School Book the Last. Working rough draft.
Prudence ~ Custard Protocol Book the First: Delayed. Why? Rewrite begins soon.

The Books! 

The Finishing School Series: 1 Etiquette & Espionage, 2 Curtsies & Conspiracies

The Parasol Protectorate Series: 1 Soulless, 2 Changeless, 3 Blameless, 4 Heartless, 5 Timeless
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
Soulless Vol. 1, Soulless Vol. 2, Soulless Vol. 3
 $0.99 short stories (ebook only) Marine Biology, My Sister's Song, & Fairy Debt

Audiobook of Crudrat releasing end of April 2014. Find out more at

Book News: 
Old rave review of Soulless, but still honest, from Alpha Reader. "I have an inkling that Gail Carriger will become a ‘must-read’ author for me. I will faithfully read whatever she writes, even if it’s not Steampunk or an Alexia Tarabotti book." Lets not tell about some of my early work, shall we?

Quote of the Day:
"If you haven't got an idea, start a story anyway. You can always throw it away, and maybe by the time you get to the fourth page you will have an idea, and you'll only have to throw away the first three pages."
~ William Campbell Gault

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