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    A bit mad

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by wolfi, Apr 8, 2011.

    So I can't write anything, it's going on almost half a year
    since I wrote more then five pages
    it just stop's and I'm unsure what to do
     
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    what runs through your mind as you write...other than the plot etc...?
     
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    This is just a quick fix, but Google write or die. It's a fun little web app that you set a word count goal and time limit in, then you write... or die :p

    I also find sitting down with a notebook and pencil helps. There are too many distractions on the computer sometimes, and even if I don't write something, I'll doodle. Sometimes I do a lot of storyboard doodles, but I just tend to be a more visual person and it helps with stories.
     
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    I don't know what goes though my mind, I tend to space out when I write
    I'm sure i think of things but if you touch me or try to talk to me come out of a trance
    i do the same thing with reading
    I'll read a book for 6 hours and it wont even feel like five munits to me
    I'm pretty sure i think of things but i dont rember them
     
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    what do you tend to write about?
     
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    I agree with Mr. Blue. I was just going to say though force yourself to write. Push through the block, or set like a daily amount you will write(Even 1 page a day), and don't let anything stop you. Even if you write complete nonsense bs. Force yourself through the block, or you might be still complaining about this a year from now.

    You could also get a topic from somewhere online, and just go to town on it.
     
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    I find that quite interesting, I think I may try that out.


    But as to help the topic writer, it is obvious you have quite a case of writer's block. Mr. Blue Dot just may have the right idea to help you dig within your mind and find that lost inspiration. You will pass this issue soon, no worries. When I have writer's block, I usually allow it to pass, or I write in my blog/journal. Don't worry though, you'll get it back.
     
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    A book I’ve writing most of my life,
    Well I got four of them I have worked for a decade about

    But the main one is a fantasy I guess


    I also write songs and poems
     
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    and just all of a sudden you hit a wall?
     
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    I found myself in a similar situation...

    I stopped writing for about 8 months due to writers block. In the end I accepted it and gave up writing! A week later inspiration hit and I was writing again :)
    Sometimes I think I over think my story instead of just writing, and writers block usually occurs when there is a bit of story I don't want to write or if there is a flaw or plot hole. You gotta fix it, and get writing again.
    I waited it out, but I think you can force yourself in to writing. Re-write your outline, and an A4 page for each chapter. Giving yourself a little more structure can help ease grey matter congestion.
    Things like 'write or die' for me are utterly pointless tasks that don't help at all. Sometimes just visiting this forum inspires me.
    Reading more also helps.
    I hope I've helped too. :rolleyes:
     
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    If you really want to finish a writing project you are going to have to just plant your butt in a chair and write. It doesn't matter if you feel like it or not, you just write. Writing breeds writing. If all you write is junk, throw it out and start over the next day. Writing is hard work, you don't get it done by waiting until you feel like it.

    Writing is a decision you make. No one is forcing you -- in fact no one else particularly cares if you write, or not. If you don't really care about finishing your story, or book, or whatever it is you are working on, then, by all means, stop writing if you don't feel motivated.

    In my opinion there is no such thing as writer's block, and the 'muse' is just something people use as an excuse. There is only the desire to write and the will to accomplish it.
     
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    I get this all the time when I get excited in writing a book. I'll map out the timeline, create a character profile, do an outline. And when it came to actually writing it, I freeze. I shelve the idea and move on, then X days or months later I get inspired again.

    However, I evaluated myself before I did any planning on the new idea and concept. There was something lacking in me which needed to be addressed. I read some books, and read some how-to books and a couple of grammar books.

    After a couple of titles, I realized that I need some practice. So I've decided to write some shorts, rewriting and evaluating them. I wanted to see how I fare with style, tone and clarity.

    For now, I'm working and exercising with prompts and competitions (like what we have here every 2 weeks) and with sudden inspirations. Once I feel confident, I'll get back to my concepts and hopefully flesh out a novel.

    Be honest with yourself and try to find out what's stopping you, freezing you. Setting a project aside doesn't mean you're giving up -- giving up happens when you stop reading up on other author's works and when you stop studying and improving your craft.
     
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    Just because you have not experienced writers block I would not say it doesn't exist. Writers block happens, that is why there is a name for it. Also I think my writers block may be seasonal ( I can't write in the winter... and this is the perfect time to stay indoors and just write, but I can't) When everyone else is out in the summer, thats when I write.
     
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    It's surprising how often I find myself in a similar rut and the short answer is that there's no short answer.

    Personal solutions include:
    - Reading works done by people you know you enjoy
    - Reading blurbs of books to inspire your own ideas (DIFFERENT from plagiarism, which is just copying the idea)
    - Starting a long-term project and force-writing whenever you get the chance. Know that you will definitely hate it, but usually out of the garbled mess of plot-holes and contradiction you emerge with at least one good direction to embark on.
    - Writing prompts. Personally I'm not fond of these because they have little value with regards to project completion.

    They're basically snacks.
     
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    Throw in a plot twist related to a character or experiment with what happens as a result. For example: a natural disaster, a death, something not going right, or anything you wouldn't be expecting.
     
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    Approach it as an art, color outside the lines, enjoy not marching in a single file, worry less about commas, worry more about creating, write chapter 312 if you are stuck on chapter 3
     
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    I agree with everything you said in this post. :)
    It's easy to overthink it and get to the point when you spend a lot of time THINKING about writing rather than actually doing it. At least that is most often the problem when I get a writers block. My current one hasn't left yet, but at least Im dealing with the part that caused me trouble to write, because that, as you said is another reason why I get them: difficult parts to write or not knowing how to deal with a certain scene or part of the plot.
     
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    I'm writing again, nothing ground breaking but fun and slightly funny as heck

    its amazing what you come up with at 4 am when you have a deadline and if you dont type fast enought he wrods get erased
     
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    I think you've arrived at a paradox that every writer eventually faces. However, as this is not just a shortshort or some college essay you're writing, I can't just tell you to to continue to grin and bear it. Everyone has read stories that have gone on too long, stories that could have ended at several different points, but keep going and...yeah.

    I worked on a story for three years and hit a wall. Truth was, it was simply time for the story to end. So my advise: consider if there truly is more to the story, perhaps a hidden depth that you've been holding back from exploring, or has the story reached its peak?
    Best of luck.
     

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