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any ideas for curing writers block? like i just dont have any ideas and its driving me nuts. ive tried writing exercises, ive tried not trying…its frustrating and i feel realy unaccomplished because im used to producing something every day. ahhh! i’ll never get anovel out like this.
The best way to wriggle out of the writer’s block is ,I guess , by stop frettng about it. Don’t always run your creativity with a time frame in mind. GO WITH THE FLOW-that is the MANTRA. Don’t force your mind into doing something. HOPE is the little thing with feathers. Let it soar in the open and clear blue skies. And the MYSTIC MOMENT will arrive when everything will fall back in place.
cure writer’s block by ignoring it. Go read, engulf yourself in something else completely forget that you are writing and that you want to write. The thoughts and ideas are in there they just need to stew a little longer then you’ll see them.
Writers block is such an arduous thing. Some things work, other things don’t. Recently I’ve been writing other things, such as plays, short stories, when I have writers block. I frequently switch back and forth between projects. That way I feel good about myself if I get a ten minute play done, so I’ll get inspired and motivated to work on my novel.
Sometimes just watching or listening to something else will help.
I took a creative writing course in grade 12, and some of the tips we were given were: talk about the story out loud (to a pet, to a friend, etc); if you have an outline, then you don’t have to start at the beginning: start at the end if you want, somewhere that you know you can just start writing.
Something my teacher said is brainstorm, which can be quite fun! Basically, take a piece of paper and write the first thing you think of in the middle of it – let’s say computer. What do you think of when you think of ‘computer’? It could be PC, internet, email, etc. For each of those, draw a line from ‘computer’ and write down each of them. Then, for each of those what do you think of? So, in the end, you have this brainstorming full of words and links between those words. I think that is a good idea for getting an idea for a story.
Anyway, hope this helped.
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Don’t start at the start. Start by writing the best bit, or a funny bit, or something that’s vivid in your head – anything that’s easy to begin with. A blank page can be daunting, and just getting a couple of hundred words down can make a big difference. You can always edit and change later.
Another approach is to write short descriptions of places and people as a starting point, so that you can drop these in when you start assembling the story. That way, by the time you come to write the story, you’ll already have hundreds of words written and waiting for you. That approach doesn’t work for me, but it’s the basis of some of the novel writing software packages out there.
That’s perfectly normal, and chances are that whatever you write at the beginning will be trash anyway. I know you can write, but starting is the hard part. I haven’t finished my book yet, but I know that my first chapter and part of my second will be thrown out! Don’t worry about it, but just jump into it and edit everything later.
My husband, the writer, got advise from a published scifi novelist, who told him to concentrate on writing 1 page a day. At the end of the year, you’ll have a 365 page novel!
My husband started on January 1st writing one page a day. It got such a habit with him that he would get to the end of his page and he couldn’t stop! Sometimes he’d write 16 to 30 pages a night. By the time December 31st rolled around, he had written a 6 novel scifi series. He’s working on the editing and publishing side of things.
The trick is, just like situps or practicing scales on the piano, to get your writing muscle working a little bit each day – then the flow will happen and your writing will just spew out.
And yes, don’t try to be perfect. I can’t remember who said it, but one writer once said that writing was like throwing up on a piece of paper and then arranging it into something more attractive :) Write away!
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