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Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
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I need to know how does a person get rid of writer's block. I have and it is very annoying right now. I'm trying to think of a new idea for a novel but nothing is working right. I don't want to come to my old stories because I want to try something new. But I'm not having the best of luck. Any advice worth giving?

Bonus Questions:

1) Do you think that writer's block is real?

2) Have you ever gotten writer's block?

Enjoy!!!
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try listening to music that gets you pumped.
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Pagerm wrote:

try listening to music that gets you pumped.


Hmm. Two Steps From Hell?
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I believe in writers block, but I've procrastinated so much on writing assignments that I've learned to just write regardless if I have writers block.

So my advice is to keep on writing. You'll get something good eventually. Works for me, anyways.
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Drugs.

Just Kidding I usually just listen to music and take a walk around my neighborhood.
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Cellf wrote:

I believe in writers block, but I've procrastinated so much on writing assignments that I've learned to just write regardless if I have writers block.

So my advice is to keep on writing. You'll get something good eventually. Works for me, anyways.


Okay.
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megahobbit wrote:

Drugs.

Just Kidding I usually just listen to music and take a walk around my neighborhood.


Music seems nice.
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qualeshia3 wrote:


Pagerm wrote:

try listening to music that gets you pumped.


Hmm. Two Steps From Hell?


Defiantly
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Pagerm wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:


Pagerm wrote:

try listening to music that gets you pumped.


Hmm. Two Steps From Hell?


Defiantly



Awesome.
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As a person who actually writes fiction, yes I can confirm that it is real. Although there are different kinds of "Writer's block", ranging from "I have an idea but I don't know how to put it together on paper" to "I have no bloody clue how to continue this story" or the "I have an idea but it sounds dumb" A.K.A. the inner critic. I myself have currently been working on a novel and I have experienced all of the above and more.

My personal advice for getting rid of writers block consists of three main points:

1) what type of story do you want to write?
This is important, for example if you want to write a fantasy novel a la George R.R. Martian, it helps to be familiar with themes, tropes, and characters of that genre. But not only that do research on topics relevant to the story you want to write. For example George R.R.Martin when he created Game Thrones was familiar with European history in fact "The war of five kings" is closely modeled on a very real historical conflict that took place in England during the 15th century called "War of The Roses". J.R.R. Tolkein was even more crazy in some sense, because he created entire languages from scratch using his background in linguistics as to make his cultures feel "authentic" and was informed by his study of Northern-European mythology and his own personal experiences serving in the British army during world war one.

This applies to all fictional writing universally regardless of subject matter. Want to write an epic about a person of color's struggle against a society that unjustly discriminates against them? Read, Black Skin, White Mask; and other post-colonial literature. Want to write about a very violent Robot uprising? Read science articles and books about artificial intelligence. The point is do your research. Inspiration will usually follow.

Research doesn't have to be that extensive though, you can write about anything just so long as you have a fair degree of familiarity with whatever you are writing about.

2) Apply various "writer's exercises".
Have you ever read/watched something and thought, "Yep I would do exactly as that Character did" or "No way in hell I would do what he/she did"? Well congrats you have done writer's exercises. Even if you absolutely loathed a book or a movie ask yourself, How would you have done it? Or what would you have done in the main character's place? Try to find opportunities to do these little exercises. One thing that I do is, I take someone from my past that I despise and try to make them sympathetic and give them fictional motivations for acting the way they did.

3) What's your question?
What's the purpose of life? Is there a God? Will he/she leave me tomorrow? Is this beef or some weird mystery meat consisting of the mangled remains of a donkey and a water buffalo? Life is full of questions and the beautiful thing about writing is that it is your opportunity to answer them in whatever way you feel like it. Maybe there is a God, but he is a really apathetic and cynical womanizer. Maybe the purpose of Human existence is to be bred like cattle for an obscure hyper advanced squid-like alien race. Your novel/short story/movie/epic poem can take, come up with, or combine any number of questions, just make sure that you can answer them in a somewhat satisfactory way.

TL;DR version: Know your stuff, look at what other people have done and ask yourself how you would've done it, and have a set of questions in mind while you write

I hope this was somewhat useful to you. Good luck writing.
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I go to sleep. That's how I write essay.
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Droneshogun wrote:

As a person who actually writes fiction, yes I can confirm that it is real. Although there are different kinds of "Writer's block", ranging from "I have an idea but I don't know how to put it together on paper" to "I have no bloody clue how to continue this story" or the "I have an idea but it sounds dumb" A.K.A. the inner critic. I myself have currently been working on a novel and I have experienced all of the above and more.

My personal advice for getting rid of writers block consists of three main points:

1) what type of story do you want to write?
This is important, for example if you want to write a fantasy novel a la George R.R. Martian, it helps to be familiar with themes, tropes, and characters of that genre. But not only that do research on topics relevant to the story you want to write. For example George R.R.Martin when he created Game Thrones was familiar with European history in fact "The war of five kings" is closely modeled on a very real historical conflict that took place in England during the 15th century called "War of The Roses". J.R.R. Tolkein was even more crazy in some sense, because he created entire languages from scratch using his background in linguistics as to make his cultures feel "authentic" and was informed by his study of Northern-European mythology and his own personal experiences serving in the British army during world war one.

This applies to all fictional writing universally regardless of subject matter. Want to write an epic about a person of color's struggle against a society that unjustly discriminates against them? Read, Black Skin, White Mask; and other post-colonial literature. Want to write about a very violent Robot uprising? Read science articles and books about artificial intelligence. The point is do your research. Inspiration will usually follow.

Research doesn't have to be that extensive though, you can write about anything just so long as you have a fair degree of familiarity with whatever you are writing about.

2) Apply various "writer's exercises".
Have you ever read/watched something and thought, "Yep I would do exactly as that Character did" or "No way in hell I would do what he/she did". Well congrats you have done writer's exercises. Even if you absolutely loathed a book or a movie ask yourself, How would you have done it? Or what would you have done in the main character's place? Try to find opportunities to do these little exercises. One thing that I do is, I take someone from my past that I despise and try to make them sympathetic and give them fictional motivations for acting the way they did.

3) What's your question?
What's the purpose of life? Is there a God? Will he/she leave me tomorrow? Is this beef or some weird mystery meat consisting of the mangled remains of a donkey and a water buffalo? Life is full of questions and the beautiful thing about writing is that it is your opportunity to answer them in whatever way you feel like it. Maybe there is a God, but he is a really apathetic and cynical womanizer. Maybe the purpose of Human existence is to be bred like cattle for an obscure hyper advanced squid-like alien race. Your novel/short story/movie/epic poem can take, come up with, or combine any number of questions, just make sure that you can answer them in a somewhat satisfactory way.

TL;DR version: Know your stuff, look at what other people have done and ask yourself how you would've done it, and have a set of questions in mind while you write

I hope this was somewhat useful to you. Good luck writing.


Thank you so much.
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I go to sleep. That's how I write essay.


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I get writer's block a lot because I am in school for Creative Writing.

I keep writing, you can always edit whatever you don't want out later
if you don't push through writer's block, you'll probably get it again
and again and again.

Just start writing, even if it's randomly.

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unicornfairy wrote:

I get writer's block a lot because I am in school for Creative Writing.

I keep writing, you can always edit whatever you don't want out later
if you don't push through writer's block, you'll probably get it again
and again and again.

Just start writing, even if it's randomly.




Lucky.
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