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Writers Block!
« on: Thu, Jan 19, 2006, 06:58 AM »
Hey...I am stuck!  I have all these great ideas for fics that I want to write...but I cannot get the words out of my head and onto paper/computer!  It is really frusterating!  So this is a shout out that hopefully soon...there will be more fics by yours truely on the board, and to ask...How do you deal with or get over or around writers block???  Any ideas???  Advice??  Anything would be muchly appreciated!

Thanx!

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« Reply #1 on: Thu, Jan 19, 2006, 08:38 AM »
I wouldn't have a clue, maybe trying not to force yourself to write would help, i dont know sorry x
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« Reply #2 on: Thu, Jan 19, 2006, 09:07 AM »
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« Reply #3 on: Thu, Jan 19, 2006, 09:42 AM »
Yeah...I write better on paper too!  I usually carry a notbook and pen with me...but I find myself sadly un-inspired as of late!  I think I need an all Vin weekend to awaken my imagination!  Or maybe a 'vin'tastic movie night with some of my girlfriends to get the creative juices flowing!
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« Reply #4 on: Thu, Jan 19, 2006, 09:47 AM »
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« Reply #5 on: Thu, Jan 19, 2006, 10:13 AM »
Well... I'm not a writer...so I don't think I can call my "block" a writer's block! hehe
But it happens sometimes... I choose to listen to some good music and songs paying attentiont to the lyrics... it helps me get some inspiration! :rule
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« Reply #6 on: Thu, Jan 19, 2006, 07:01 PM »
Writer's block can really be frustrating. I suggest that you always have paper around and don't write just one story at a time. When you write just one story you can become bored at times and just not want to write anymore. That can led to writer's block.

Another important thing is what type of fics do you write. If you write mainly smut pieces than read or watch soft porn type of things like Red Shoes Diaries. Those are about fantasies and the characters are not the most important thing. If you write character base fics then rewatch the movies. It will give you a chance to reconnect with the characters and chances are it will inspire you.
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« Reply #7 on: Thu, Jan 19, 2006, 07:12 PM »
Notes are a wonderful thing. No matter what, no matter how small the idea is, or how "dull" it may seem, write it down. Even if it doesnt come out, quite how you want it, in the end, it will work out for the best.

Another thing you can do, is find inspiration in the little things. For instance, if you want to write a romance, then watch or read something that oozes romance, and try to get in the aura of that particular feeling. Same for action, adventure, si-fi. Just make sure what you are reading or watching is something close to what you want to write about.

That usually helps me when I'm in a rut. Hope that helps a little.

Tasha
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« Reply #8 on: Fri, Jan 20, 2006, 04:31 AM »
Thanks alot guys...These tips are great...lets hope they work!  I usually get alot of inspiration from my dreams...but lately I cannot remember them...and I am usually to tired to dream.  I come home from 2 jobs...both in a warehouse...just tired as a dog...so I go strait to bed...not time for much else!  I am working myself into an early grave...gotta slow down and enjoy life...
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« Reply #9 on: Sat, Jan 21, 2006, 08:26 PM »
Oh wow, you poor thing. Yes, you need to take some time for yourself, not for your writing only, but most importantly your health. You need some rest and relaxion. Dont work yourself to the bone, then we wouldnt have you here. Hehe.

Tasha
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« Reply #10 on: Mon, Jan 23, 2006, 04:25 AM »
Yeah...I feel as if I am flogging a dead horse just to get myself to do anything... :deadhorse Cuz I is soo tired lately.  It dosn't help that I start work at 4am!  I have to be up at 2:30 to be at work on time...*yawn*...and I tell you...morning comes waaaaay toooo soon!   But hopefully I can get away for a few hours this weekend!
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« Reply #11 on: Mon, Jan 23, 2006, 04:34 AM »
sometimes I find that writing in a completely different style will jar it loose.
you've really got to force it at first, and that first stuff is usually utter crap, but it does keep you writing through the pain :D
you might not find your voice til halfway through, but you'll still be writing
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« Reply #12 on: Mon, Feb 13, 2006, 01:45 AM »
Here are some things that work for me when i'm suffering writer's block.

Make the place you write a special place...even if it is you bed...put on your favorite short, pj's, or sweats and settle in to write.

Read what you've already written into a tape recorder sometime listening to what you've already written will let you know how the story is supposed to continue.

Print a copy and read it.

Quit writing before you run out of ideas...this way when you start again you already have a lead.

Write for the same amount of time every day even if it is just ten or twenty minutes.

Journal, journal, journal...i keep about 6 different journals with everything from names and story ideas in them to actual scenes that i will eventually put into my novels to emotions and feelings i have to interesting things that happen in everyday life.

Read magazines, newspapers, watch television, the news et shows...etc clip, journal and save...you can get some great leads from real life.

Keep articles in a folder for future referral...place really hot leads on a dry erase board or a cork board.

Write what you know...this will come more natural and won't be so difficult...you can always take it out in the end.

Use a different medium...try magic markers, construction paper, crayons, colored pencils, or even finger paints...might be messy but it'll be a lot of fun.

Include what you did this morning...maybe the main character was cutting open a bagel and cut their hand having to go to the hospital and meeting the villan in the waiting room...your plot thickens...

Freewriting...write words, sentences, fragments, for a specific amount of time...five or ten minutes...sometimes this will free up your thinking to allow those creative juices to flow.

I hope this helps someone...I wish you the best...

christina
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« Reply #13 on: Mon, May 08, 2006, 05:08 AM »
Usualy some plans or sketches of the story come in handy. Cause when you star creating a story plan some ideas come right throught you, and the blocade is just gone. Just like when you start to speak loud (I'm serious try to tell your thots) your story. Not only you won't be shy, but you will that the story is good, because you handled your fear.

But if a story really dosn't want to get out of the intelectual belly, just leave it there. Start doing something else, and get back to it after some time (even few days or weeks)
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« Reply #14 on: Fri, Jul 27, 2007, 08:52 AM »
My friend and I were discussing writer's block today. Anyway, she recommending this book to help if you are stuck in a rut:

Room to Write by Bonni Goldberg.

There are pages and pages of ideas to get you out of the block. I have a copy that she sent me and I recommend it.
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« Reply #15 on: Fri, Jul 27, 2007, 05:03 PM »
Thanks Rachel! :hugs
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« Reply #16 on: Sun, Sep 09, 2007, 09:54 AM »
Quote from: "Rachel"
I find I write better on paper and then transfer to the computer - but that's my style.
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I agree, i always write my original ideas on paper first ususally while listening to music (it helps me out a great deal) and then when I sit down at my computer i find coming back to the beginning chapters i get more ideas and edit it so my story becomes as good as i can get
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« Reply #17 on: Mon, Sep 10, 2007, 06:52 AM »
What do y'all think to that? Do you agree, or disagree?
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« Reply #18 on: Mon, Sep 10, 2007, 07:28 AM »
I think it does start in your head, that's true. It's a little like believing that there are monsters in your closet or things under the bed. I think you can will yourself into believing them
Elaine:)
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« Reply #19 on: Mon, Sep 10, 2007, 07:47 AM »
Write something.  Write anything.
Write "the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog"

Write 5 lines, starting from the ending scene of TFATF.

Write an argument between you and Riddick, just a few lines. "Dammit, don't give me that shit!"

Then move away from the pad/computer and listen to the voices in your head!  Got them all stirred up?  Good!

Write anything.  You can always delete it.  But don't get frozen.
And good luck.
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« Reply #20 on: Mon, Sep 10, 2007, 08:13 AM »
yep, just WRITE, doesn't much matter what it is. I agree on getting the voices in your head all stirred up. I'll stew up an idea for a bit, then go out for a walk and let those voices really have a good time in there
Elaine:)
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« Reply #21 on: Tue, Feb 19, 2008, 04:40 PM »
*whimpers* I'm stuck... :(

Sean and Belle...i can't write the next scene and its PEEEEing me OFFFFF!

I've been stuck on the same 5 paragraphs for about a week!
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« Reply #22 on: Tue, Feb 19, 2008, 04:45 PM »
first off, don't panic!
It helps sometimes to bring out a pad of paper and reread your own story. You'll find little things that you like/don't like/left unfinished.
Start taking notes. Soon, you'll end up with a story arc again and you can plot out where you're going. Some chapters are going to be murder. It's just the way it goes.
Elaine:)
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« Reply #23 on: Tue, Feb 19, 2008, 05:19 PM »
this is a murderous chapter...not even sure  why. Its a smut chapter...but i need it before i can get to the next bit...I'm stuck on smut... *growls at blank computer screen*
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« Reply #24 on: Tue, Feb 19, 2008, 05:26 PM »
If you know where you're going afterwards, start on the next chapter and come back to this one. Getting it how you want it is more important than posting, especially when you're not ready
Elaine:)
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« Reply #25 on: Tue, Feb 19, 2008, 08:54 PM »
Insomnia's messing with my head again...its hard to sleep when its 30c at night...
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« Reply #26 on: Tue, Feb 19, 2008, 08:55 PM »
*hugs*
I hate it when it's hot too :(
Elaine:)
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« Reply #27 on: Wed, Feb 20, 2008, 07:51 AM »
That's hot?  :think  I still don't understand the conversion.

Another strategy for dealing with writer's block is to talk the scene through with someone. The chat room's great for that sort of thing.
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« Reply #28 on: Wed, Feb 20, 2008, 08:47 AM »
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You can ignore this post/entry - just blowing off steam...
« Reply #29 on: Sat, May 31, 2008, 08:18 PM »
Ok, I'm just writing this to vent.  I don't really need any feedback to this post.  I just know that sometimes if I have something stuck in my head it won't go away until I "purge" it through writing (or, hopefully in this case, typing).  

Thing is, I'm stuck right now on writing a conversation between 2 sub-characters.  I'm stuck because I haven't worked out the specifics of their raison d'etre.  I had a general outline of my entire story, and thought I knew what it was all about, but as I started writing it sort of took on a life of its own.  

I've still been able to touch on the major plot points from the outline, but it is no longer following the original route I mapped out.  Its detoured, backtracked, and in some cases, completely bypassed parts of the outline.  I started realizing around chapter 6 (i'm currently writing ch 12) that there needed to be a little more meat to the plot, hence the development of my predicament.  These 2 didn't really figure in my original research or outline, so its like I have a blank spot in my mind where they are concerned.

I've actually been enjoying the "organic" nature of how this story has been developing, and I'm just feeling pissy right now because I got stuck.  As I'm writing this I'm coming to the realization that I am pressuring myself into posting another chapter soon, and its the imaginary deadline that has stymied my creative flow.  

See, I just needed to write things out, to clear out some of the clutter in my noggin.  Hopefully now there is room for a mysterious conversation between these 2 folks...

Thanks for letting me vent!
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