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I feel like I've hit a road block.

PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2015 8:28 am
by roda havet
I post several poems awhile back and I'm trying to work on my novel. But it seems I've hit a road block, it's like my mind has just shut down on me when it comes to ideas. Or really even the ones I have and need to put on paper. I'm hoping it only has to do with my computer screen looking to bright lately, even when the brightness is turn down as low as possible. When I sit here and try to write for my novel I seem to be at a lose for words and I know there is a lot more to add to it. Has anyone else came across a problem like this before and if so how did you get back to writing with no problems? Any and all advice is welcomed. :)

Re: I feel like I've hit a road block.

PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2015 11:46 am
by pls
Sure. Everyone (except maybe James, who is a pre-programmed writing machine) runs into roadblocks. Sit back and think about where the novel is headed. Make sure you know how it's going to end. Try this: number a paper from one to fifteen. Write a short description of the start of the novel. Then, under #15, write out your ending. Go back to #2 and write more description. Then, on to #14 and so on. If you can fill out all 15, you have a road map to success in front of you.

Re: I feel like I've hit a road block.

PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2015 1:01 pm
by Oldtimer

Re: I feel like I've hit a road block.

PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2015 1:20 pm
by roda havet
Thank you both for the advice. I'll try that and see if it works. I have somewhat of a plan that I wrote out long before I started on my novel, so I go back to it and do what both of you said. :mrgreen:

Re: I feel like I've hit a road block.

PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2015 7:10 pm
by nhope
Take a break. Don't stress over it. Read a book, watch a movie. Take a day or two off. What's happening is your brain is trying to formulate your thoughts into something sensible and when it's done, you'll be able to write. Works for me every time.

Something else - I can't write using my laptop, has to be longhand. When I place my fingers on the keyboard nothing happens. When I pick up my purple pen, the words flow. Strange, no?

Re: I feel like I've hit a road block.

PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2015 8:10 am
by roda havet

Re: I feel like I've hit a road block.

PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2015 7:52 pm
by James A. Ritchie

Re: I feel like I've hit a road block.

PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2015 8:43 am
by roda havet

Re: I feel like I've hit a road block.

PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2015 10:38 am
by nhope

Re: I feel like I've hit a road block.

PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2015 3:55 pm
by His Majesty 777
What I do is put aside what I'm stuck on and try working on a short story or maybe work on the second draft of one of my other stories; anything, as long as I'm doing something writing-related.