Conquering Writer’s Block and Summoning Inspiration by K. M. Weiland is a short, 63-page Kindle read packed with a lot of useful information and tips on how to get writers out of their own blocks and doldrums. Covering topics such as how to find daily inspiration and how to conquer anxiety, fear, and depression while writing, it acts as a one-stop shop for the more common writing blocks out there as well as some of the more nuanced ones.
For example, one of my favorite strategies that Weiland lists is using the power of music to fuel you as a writer. She writes that music is “arguably the purest art form. It’s a breathing of the soul, a perfect embodiment of emotion, a story without words.” And when a writer opens their creative mind and soul to music, the stories contained in musical notes and lyrics might inspire them to write more.
Of course, it’s a different story entirely if you’re a writer that doesn’t like music or any of the other strategies in this book, so I encourage anyone that reads this book to take the strategies you like and don’t worry too much about the rest.
The only reason I’m giving it 4 stars instead of five is that even though the book is short, some of the information gets repeated in certain sections and pads up the book unnecessarily. For example, the first tip of the first chapter discusses paying attention to sensory details to make your writing stronger. And in the the next chapter, the reader is told to focus on the senses to enhance the imagination. I feel like those two things say the same message but in a different way.
But overall, Weiland’s style and arguments for each strategy are sound and on point, just like some of the other books of hers I’ve read. If you’ve been struggling with writer’s block, Weiland and her book are the friend to get you out of it.
It won’t solve every writing problem that you have, but it will solve a good number of them.