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Article on Writer's Block

PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 3:00 am
by NightFall

Need help: Chronic Writer's Block!

PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 3:05 am
by NightFall
I'm so frustrated! I feel like writing but I can't come up with ideas to continue my new story, which I only wrote about 3 or 4 pages. Nothing, and I mean nothing, is coming out of my brain. I'm tired of waiting it out till I get good ideas.

Any advice, info and tips is greatly appreciated! ANYTHING! That is how chronic my writer's block is. :cry:

Re: Article on Writer's Block

PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 9:02 am
by MookyMcD
You are about to get inundated with people telling you there's no such thing as writer's block, so I'm in here first to say that (while I haven't actually gone through it, yet) I just listened to Kurt Vonnegut's son talking about his father's bouts of it, one of which lasted a year. It was, apparently a specter that hung over him constantly -- he was always certain the tap would turn off as soon as he was finished with his current project.

That said, I noticed that he never had an issue when he was actually working on a project. So some of them may have taken him a year to start, but once started he seemed to be fine.

Re: Article on Writer's Block

PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 9:39 am
by Crono91
Have you ever worked on a puzzle before?

Sometimes you'll be working on the left corner, and you just sit there, staring, trying to force pieces in, but nothing will fit. It drives you insane, because you obsess over it when nothing works, and no solution comes about. That's what writer's block is, I'm guessing.

To get around that, you need to begin working on other parts of the puzzle, which will help jump start your brain.

Work on characters,
environment,
chapter 14 plot,
their powers, if it's that kind of fiction,
what kind of car they drive,
their favorite place to hang out.

Eventually, as you keep thinking of these other things, they will start to connect with one another, forming the puzzle.

Re: Article on Writer's Block

PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 9:44 am
by James A. Ritchie

Re: Article on Writer's Block

PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 9:49 am
by James A. Ritchie

Re: Need help: Chronic Writer's Block!

PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 11:08 am
by max2011
maybe if you put your main character in a differnt situation that has nothing to do with your book will bring back the creativity. You can have them enter the same Starbuck's as you and tell what's happening. Sometimes, it's not writer's block that prevents us from writing, but a lack of focus.

Re: Need help: Chronic Writer's Block!

PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 11:20 am
by mammamaia
posting virtually the same thread in more than one place is frowned upon at best and may be a breach of site rules, as well...

besides which, it's best to have all responses in one place, isn't it?... i strongly suggest you ask the moderator of this section to combine the two...

Re: Article on Writer's Block

PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 2:52 pm
by TerryRodgers
Merged. Please continue.

Re: Article on Writer's Block

PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 3:03 pm
by Gooblink
I came across an exercise once that helped me. I didn't have writer's block, per se, but rather felt like I couldn't get the ball rolling even though I had the story idea.

Anyway, pick up your favorite book, favorite author, and just start copying his or her text. Of course, you're not going to use it, or even save it, but it could help you get a rhythm going that helps you break through this spell.

Why don't you write the article? Maybe that will help you get over your block. As has been said, the best way to get through it is to write your way through it.