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    Has it happened to you yet?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Mans, Mar 15, 2013.

    Sometime a person can't write anything because he doesn't remember any thought to write ? What is the reason of this state indeed ?
     
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    Writer's block?
     
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    Are there subjects in Iran that are dangerous to write about? Do they monitor things like forum posts?
     
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    Anyone else can't understand what OP is saying?
     
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    English is not his first language. It looks like a BabelFish or Google translation.
     
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    c'mon Drifter - help the guy out here. Not only is he learning a new language he's learning a whole new alphabet so maybe cut him some slack - we all know he's asking how to "cure" writer's block.



    Mans - I'm sure everybody has suffered that problem at some stage and it is frustrating, you know what you want to say but it all seems crap or sometimes you just stare at a page begging for inspiration because you have no idea where your story is going or what your character is going to do next - put your pen away, turn off your computer - whatever - go watch TV, write a shopping list, make it fancy. Write down how you will get to the shop, what you pass, who you see at the door, describe the aisles, imagine a conversation with the checkout girl, who do you meet in the carpark, you get home and guess what... "Shit - you forgot milk!!!

    You're writing juices will be flowing again in no time - keep at it buddy!
     
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    You mean if I can't remember the whole point of why I was writing the thing? Or if I have no idea what's supposed to happen next?

    They're both caused by Writer's Block, I think.

    A good way to remind yourself of why you were writing this to begin with is to write a page-long letter to yourself to read whenever you feel like quitting. Remind yourself what this story means for you, why you enjoy this so much, and why you are willing to go through with this.
     
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    It happens to me all the time.

    Maybe it's writer's block, maybe I'm not a writer.
     
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    No. there is not anything dangerous in Iran. All people here live calmly and securely. Iran police is a servant for people's security. They don't trouble anyone who sends the comments to the forums. I have sent many posts to various forums comfortable and freely and nobody has asked me yet what are you doing and what you are sending ? Of course there is a very strong filtering against sexy sites and hostile websites with evilly beliefs or devious political purpose. Such websites have targeted the Iranian youths so a network of Iran communication organs along with a unit of police which is called " preservation against the infraction of communication rules ", identify such malicious websites and do filter those. This system in Iran is very developed and recently even none " anti filtering programs " can be useful for sexy webs or similar to pass from the filter walls of communication organizations and influence the Iranians' computers.

    What I asked wasn't politically, it was about a state which sometimes may occur for a writer psychically.
     
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    yay for the sexy webs!
     
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    I know you weren't asking about political censoring, I was just curious. There seems to be an awful lot of writing material potential around the politics in Iran. What kind of writing have you done so far? What subjects do you write about?
     
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    OK, so you can't surf sexy sites (I don't do porn sites meself. They are correct in that porn sites tend to have lots of nasty viruses and malewares. I avoid them like the plague.) Political sites? Politics aren't my cup of tea, so I don't visit them (though I do check Wall Street Journal and New York Times for my daily news.)

    Are you saying what physically would compel a writer to write/not write? I guess if you feel something pulling at your gut, when your characters seem to be small voices in the back of your head, compelling you to glue your butt to your laptop and write about them. The guilt that suddenly appears when you start neglecting them, as if you were neglecting something real.

    The guilt that gnaws on your gut, the urges that pull at your muscles? That would be enough to trigger a writer to get to typin'/scrawlin'.
     
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    Ok are you saying you had ideas but suddenly when you sit down to write, they aren't there? Or are you asking about trying to find something to write about to start out with? There's a difference between the two.
     
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    As others have said, likely it's this phenomena of writer's block. Or perhaps you have a flash of inspiration, decide to write it down later, but before you do, it's gone! Happens to us all.

    If you have an idea, even if you wake in the middle of the night, make a note there and then. Pencil and pad by the bed. If you wait until morning, or think you'll remember, that's when the problem sets in.

    Inspiration comes at any time. Just be ready to make a note, then sit and write.
     
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    1. When you get an idea, write it down immediately.
    2. Don't force it, if you have a block, take a break.
    3. See 1 and 2. :)
     
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    It isn't always a case of writer's block that stops you getting words on the page.

    Sometimes you have loads of visual images, or lots of tangled-up events you want to describe, but it's hard to pin down clear phrases. The only cure for this is practice. It helps if you write as honestly as possible, and keep your sentences focussed on one idea rather than attempt very long complex sentences with too many competing ideas loaded one on top of another.

    About writing as an Iranian, you have to remember that they may be perfectly happy with things in Iran, or at any rate love their country deeply and not wish to criticise it too deeply. Not every wants to do the kind of exposé kind of writing against the country that would perhaps find a good market in the West. This is why, for example, in Turkey we don't consider Orhan Pamuk a particularly genuine or good writer. On the other hand, I think it would be very nice to have some insightful and positive writing about Iran--I'd be interested to read it, for sure.
     
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    ("...when fluid write, when dry edit..." smiled the goblin who often fell back on editing his works in those dry moments, adding "...me, I'm lucky in that I have an on-line readership that keeps me company, so either I write something off my own bat for them, or I write in reply to someone who has prompted me by way of their comment like your opening post did...")
     

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