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Posted 7/23/15
I tend to randomly watch youtube video marathon sessions (all kinds) until I see something that generates a spark (It could be music, movies, tv, react videos, anime, whatever). Usually, soon after, I see something that'll trigger an idea in my head. More often than not it's just a music video in which the symbolism or lyrics spark an image that my mind begins to run with in a completely different direction.
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long6789 wrote:


I need to know how does a person get rid of writer's block.


Really?
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Depends, if I'm simply tired of writing doing something else for the rest of the day usually works.
If I don't know where to go from where I am, I just study my notes as I tend to make tons of them, in the end my notes have usually a higher word count than the acutal story, it makes it way easier to see where to go, also having outlines helps a lot too. Occassionally I also switch over to writing a backstory for one of the characters to lock their goals down better and get a better feeling for how they would go about things.
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nichtmalda wrote:

Depends, if I'm simply tired of writing doing something else for the rest of the day usually works.
If I don't know where to go from where I am, I just study my notes as I tend to make tons of them, in the end my notes have usually a higher word count than the acutal story, it makes it way easier to see where to go, also having outlines helps a lot too. Occassionally I also switch over to writing a backstory for one of the characters to lock their goals down better and get a better feeling for how they would go about things.


Thanks.
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Posted 7/23/15 , edited 7/23/15

Jackalope82 wrote: It is not a disease. People with writers block can write, they just can't get what they want to write out onto paper.

Keep writing random stuff and it will eventually unblock.

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Play a game, listen to a song, right down a dream. Just look into things deeper and find some inspiration
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CSPower wrote:

Play a game, listen to a song, right down a dream. Just look into things deeper and find some inspiration


Listening to music sounds good.
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I write in my head so much, I just can't get it to paper. And even if I was to dictate, the words will not pass my lips, they stay in my head! SO in other words...writer's block problem ...not solved.
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I know for me if i have a writers block type problem i find if i read some books in the similar genre and sometimes that will spark some ideas for me. Another thing though its not really much of a writers block help but when you arent suffering it but you get an idea that think could be fleshed out into a book write it down somewhere where you can come back to it. I know im wanting to work on writing a book and thanks to just writing ideas down inspired by dreams, books, and other things ive got a lot of backup book ideas already waiting.
Posted 7/23/15
It just takes time! After enough time has passed, you should recover. Getting burnt out happens.
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Writer's block is real. For me, my issue is the time spent. for whatever reason I can't seem to just sit down and write my ideas out. Maybe it's my ADHD, but maybe I just don't want to write anymore despite my ideas.
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Posted 7/23/15 , edited 7/23/15
Very carefully... Kidding.

Although I am not a writer in the typical sense of the word (I code a lot) if I ever get stagnant I tend to stop and exercise for a bit. Get the blood flowing and adrenaline pumping. Seems to make me more aware/alert for a while and I can focus better after sitting on my ass for so long.
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Quit being a writer being the most obvious.
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I tend to get writer's block when I write because I want everything to be perfectly worded the first time I write it. The ideas are all in my head, but because of this, they would never get to paper. To fix this, I have to just sit down and write everything I think of to get through the 'sludge' per say and get to what I mean to write. This usually involves starting with very short basic sentences which then evolve as I get my brain working. At that point, the rest tends to come easier.

For getting ideas, I sadly don't have much advice. I mainly am inspired when laying in bed, staring at the ceiling during obscene hours of the night. If I listen to music, I lean towards songs without lyrics, as it helps to let my mind wander.
Posted 7/23/15
Take a break, even if it's a long one. I don't write because I don't like it thanks to the painful essays I had to write in College. I usually just wrote whatever was in my mind. Rewrote it like 10 times until I thought it was ok. But it wasn't something I wanted to do, so I think a break is good and inspiration will come sooner or later.

Good luck!
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