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Post Reply How do you do deal with writer's block?
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Posted 29 days ago
Attack the tought with many points of view no matter how silly or ridiculous it might seem
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Posted 28 days ago
I just stop writing and wait until something pops back in. Things can't be forced
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Posted 26 days ago
When I can't write, I can get a bit reckless and do things that I wouldn't normally do. My whole life sort of goes out of balance. So to help avoid that I have a friend who will sit down and talk about story stuff with me. She'll also give me writing prompts that aren't directly related to the story in order to help me find some inspiration. It doesn't always help, but it can sometimes. Other than that, I'll read a lot. Usually something sparks and I can get back to writing.
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Posted 13 days ago

mahoshojo03 wrote:

I watch anime. No seriously, that's what I do.
They'd usually come when I'm watching an anime, cooking food, or even taking a shower. That's why unless you have good memory, it's helpful to carry around a small notebook to jot ideas down because you honestly will never know when that "AHA!" moment will come.

Yea I also do something else . Like read! I get lots of ideas from books and anime and I somehow manage to combine them to make ONE story.
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When I've been stuck mid-novel I like to write a couple hundred words of nonsense, creating a short story of tomfoolery that can be thrown away afterwards. I once wrote the tale of a dust mote drifting through a vent, envious of the pollen molecules floating alongside... The stupider the better....Ridiculous, but gets the creative juices flowing again and lets you approach your book with a fresh perspective.
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Posted 10 days ago , edited 10 days ago
My experience with writer's block has usually been that I will reach a fork in the logically viable plot line whose branches aren't easy to choose between, and so I will keep arguing with myself over which set of constraints I want to establish for myself and my characters. I'm typically better able to choose after separating myself from the project for a short while. The effect is even stronger if I actually leave the room I've been writing in entirely during this break, and breaks might range from half an hour to a few days.
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I think the best thing you can do is move your body when your stuck. Brain chemistry suggests that when the body is in motion, the brain reacts quicker, is more at ease, and it has an easier time coming up with new ideas. That's why in businesses now "walking meetings" are becoming a trend.
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Posted 6 days ago
Literally.... if my idea was inspired by something. I go do/watch/look at the inspiration and it ends up setting me in a trance.

The trance is my solution. Just zone out and my mind puts things together.

It sounds stupid, but it works about 99.9% of the time.

That .1% sucks when it happens.
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Posted 6 days ago
My inspiration tends to show up at the oddest times, so I will tend to write a brief 1-3 line summery of what the idea is and let it 'cook'. This helps get me work around writers block sometimes because I'll have several things I can work with already waiting. Usually though, so long as I can get things moving, the momentum will help break through. Even if the results aren't as high of a level as I would usually get, I can go back later and touch things up.

In a different aspect, where I am specifically sitting down to write, occasionally for some reason feel either a heavy lack of enthusiasm or restless. In those instances I usually have to dispel those first. Restlessness is usually fixed by a walk to move some of that energy to my mind, but lack of enthusiasm sometimes takes resorting to changing my emotional energy. It's a technique I worked out in the past to take the current specific emotional energy and turn it into raw energy before I bring it back as a different type. Anger to optimism for example. Likely from too many years of solitary introspection.
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