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Have you ever been like this? I have, many times! This isn’t relevant just for blogging but for any form of writing. There is nothing worse than staring at a screen and not being able to get a single word down. So how do you overcome writers block?

In this blog, I will provide five tips that I personally find useful. I’m not saying it will help every single one of you because we’re all different, but I hope some of you will find it helpful.

1. Just stop. Step away from the computer and take a long, well earned break. Sometimes you write something for so long, ideas run out and you get stuck. It’s called overdoing it. So taking a break for a while can quite often do wonders. Even if it’s for a few days or more, it will help.

2. If you know what’s causing the block, try and figure out where it started. Sometimes it can be as simple as losing your way. You just need to go through the last few pages and see where you fell short and fix it. Quite often this can fix the block and you’ll be well on your way again.

3. Go for a walk or even just go outside for a bit. Fresh air does wonders because it clears your mind and gets you thinking about other things. If you can’t get outside, or it’s just not your thing, do something else that you know will clear your mind. Work out, read a book, cook, whatever does it for you.

4. Talk to someone else. You must have a friend or family member who knows what you’re writing about so talk to them, bounce ideas between each other. This is something I do a lot with my husband.

5. Sit in a busy place, e.g. a mall, shopping centre or pub, and just observe the goings on around you. Listen to how people talk, listen to their conversations (you’d be surprised how many ideas you get from eavesdropping!), observe how they interact with others, how they walk, what they’re doing. If you’re looking for novel ideas, you may get a character idea. As you know, having a character in mind will lead to a story idea. If you want to write a blog, you might see something happen that sparks an idea.

Sadly there are times when you will try everything to combat writers block and nothing will help. This has happened to me on occasion! If that happens, all I can say is be patient. It’s frustrating, I know, but most times it will clear in time.

Even if you’ve planned out a story from beginning to end, writers block can still occur. A plan is just that, a plan. It’s there as a guide but you still have to fill in the gaps. Writers block is almost inevitable.

I once read somewhere that writers block is when your imaginary friends don’t talk to you. So get them talking, give them something to talk about!

Well that’s all from me. I hope this is useful. If you have any other tips to combat writers block, please leave a comment. I would love to hear what other ideas can help!

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‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen. This is my favourite novel and it is also considered to be one of the most beloved books of all time.

I adore Jane Austen’s writing. Apart from Pride and Prejudice I also love Sense and Sensibility, Emma and Mansfield Park. Her other novels are also great but the four aforementioned are my favourites. Pride and Prejudice will always take the bait for me. In complete honesty I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read the book and I’m not sick of it one bit. I just find it so thrilling to read and once I start I can’t stop.

A few years ago I bought Amanda Grange’s book ‘Mr Darcy’s Diary’ so what I do now is I read ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and immediately follow with ‘Mr Darcy’s Diary’. Let me tell you now, there are so many novels out there from Mr Darcy’s POV and I have read my fair share of them but Amanda Grange’s version is absolutely brilliant. To anyone that hasn’t read it, I highly recommend it.

What boggles my mind is the fact that ‘Pride and Prejudice’ is considered to be a love story yet there are many men who adore it. It’s not a bad thing, in fact I think it’s wonderful that men are not afraid to say they like it. What I want to know is why is this acceptable for men to read but they wouldn’t be caught dead reading any other  love story?

Do you know what I think? I think it’s a lot to do with Mr  Darcy, hence the title of my blog.

To the female species, he is a male figure we portray as the perfect gentleman, the way men should be. I’m not trying to be sexist but let’s face it, there are not many gentlemen around nowadays is there? I’m not denying there aren’t any because I know there are, but they are so hard to find.

However, to the male species, Mr Darcy is a good example to follow. Yes you might argue that Mr Darcy is arrogant, conceited and rude but you can only really say that if you don’t know his character well. If you really read and study ‘Pride and Prejudice; you see that a lot of it is to do with his upbringing. Once his eyes have opened to what is right and wrong, he changes. This is where Amanda Grange’s ‘Mr Darcy’s Diary’ is worth reading as she has him worked out so well.

My question, as per my blog title, is this: Is Mr Darcy really all that? Personally I think he is. I’m a married woman and I love my husband to bits but he knows I fancy the pants off Mr Darcy. 🙂 so please, tell me, why is Mr Darcy so special? What do you think of him?

I decided it was time to blog about something where YOU as the reader had input, so please comment! I want to know what you think.

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