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Post Reply It's either Writer's Block or laziness? I can't tell which it is.
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Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
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I decided to make a clean slate for my next novel and the only problem is I can't think of anything. I'm not sure if I have writer's block or I'm just lazy. I really need to come up with a new idea for a novel. All the ones I had before suck. But I can't think of anything good. I don't want to rewrite old work because I want something refreshing. This is going to irk me because I really need to start chapter one. I'm not sure what it is but I want it to go away. I can go and read a book but I CAN'T VISUALIZE WHENEVER I READ!!!! So it's a no for that. Got any advice for me.

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Just go out, try new stuff, do something fun or whatever. Have experiences you would like to relate to people through your writing and then start writing.
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Just go out, try new stuff, do something fun or whatever. Have experiences you would like to relate to people through your writing and then start writing.


Okay.
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octorockandroll wrote:

Just go out, try new stuff, do something fun or whatever. Have experiences you would like to relate to people through your writing and then start writing.


Okay.


Hope it helps
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qualeshia3 wrote:


octorockandroll wrote:

Just go out, try new stuff, do something fun or whatever. Have experiences you would like to relate to people through your writing and then start writing.


Okay.


Hope it helps :P


I'll go to the library.
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I'll go to the library.


...not quite what I meant.
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Well, it's the only thing in walking distance. Everything else I need a car.
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Well, it's the only thing in walking distance. Everything else I need a car.


Getting a car could be an experience though.
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Getting a car could be an experience though.



If I had the money and a license. I have neither of those things.
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qualeshia3 wrote:

Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
Thanks a bunches.


I decided to make a clean slate for my next novel and the only problem is I can't think of anything. I'm not sure if I have writer's block or I'm just lazy. I really need to come up with a new idea for a novel. All the ones I had before suck. But I can't think of anything good. I don't want to rewrite old work because I want something refreshing. This is going to irk me because I really need to start chapter one. I'm not sure what it is but I want it to go away. I can go and read a book but I CAN'T VISUALIZE WHENEVER I READ!!!! So it's a no for that. Got any advice for me.

Enjoy!!!




Welcome to the wonderful world of writing . It's actually neither laziness nor writer's block you mention but the "gift" given to those meant to be writers...self-doubt and the wont to excel. You want to create something truly original and unique but are having a hard time connecting with the material. That's actually understandable. You just need to find the right inspiration.

1. The best advice I can give is dissect your story into bits and pieces and know them before you start writing.

2. Create your cast of characters and visualize them as you would actors in a movie. Once you "meet" them you'll find yourself easily anticipating what would be within their character and what wouldn't. Let them breathe and become 3D to you.

3. Do the same with locations you create, just get to know what they look like. There's nothing wrong with basing them on real places, just take the places and tweak them to fit your story. You can use all your senses while describing what a place is like.

For me, there was a campsite that I visited as a child. You could smell the crispness in the air like newly cut wet grass near the little pond we'd fish at. You could hear the sounds of the wind slightly rustling the leaves of the trees. You could even taste the moisture in the air near a running brook. I used it as a location in a story years ago about a young man who cast himself out from society (the rat race) to lead a better life.

After you know what your characters' places in the world are the world will come together in your mind and the stories in it. Think of each piece of the story as a card on a house of cards. If you take your time and examine the structure before deciding exactly where to place it it's less likely to collapse. It's why many of us use outlines before we start writing but are never afraid to leave those outlines if the story tells us it wants to go elsewhere .

I had the same visualization problem after my first stroke. I was taught the best way to get back into writing was to see what I'm writing in my mind as a movie. Cast the characters with real-life actors that would fit the characters you created. It does in fact work wonders.
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If I had the money and a license. I have neither of those things.


Ah... Maybe getting those can be an experience?
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Ah... Maybe getting those can be an experience?


Indeed.
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Thank you so much for this.
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Thank you so much for this.


You're very welcome . Glad I could help .

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qualeshia3 wrote:



Thank you so much for this.


You're very welcome . Glad I could help .



When I do decide on a novel idea, I'll let you be the first to read and review it.
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