Writers Block

Tempest in a Teacup

Is alive and coursing through my system, ravaging the creative spark. I can’t say I’ve ever experienced writers block to this level. I mean, sure, I’ve had days where I couldn’t write, but they usually followed times when I had been writing for long hours over the course of multiple days. I’d take a few days, maybe a week, to regenerate and off I’d go writing again. But this. This is different. It’s been two weeks. And I have tried. I’ve stared at the blank page and told myself even bad writing is a place to start. And off I’d trek. I’d start the story. Then I’d erase it and start again. And I did this, am doing this, over and over to no avail. Nothing I do will make the words come out in coherent order.

So I guess my question is what now? Normally I’d take a serious…

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Writing Prompts: You Gotta Start Somewhere

Blank Document

Look familiar? That’s right, it’s a blank document. For many of us writers, that’s the stuff of nightmares—you know, the one where you’ve been paper cut to death by a swarm of rejection letters? That’s the one. Well, it’s an all-too common problem many us could live without. Oftentimes, instead of having this wordless screen stare back at me with a “Uhm, hello? I’m blank. You going to write something on me, or what?” I’ll close the laptop. Ha! Take that! Although that’s typically unproductive . . . unless I pick up  a pen and a pad of paper. At times, I find I’m more productive when I go Old School and write on paper; it’s less intimidating than a blank Word Doc. But then what? 

Get writing. Dennis Palumbo, author and former screenwriter, who spoke at the Jackson Hole Writer’s Conference a few years back said, “Writing begets writing.” Turns out, he’s right. However, when…

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How to Avoid Writersblock

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5 Ways To Find New Story Ideas

One of the questions authors are asked most often is how they get their ideas. Unfortunately, there isn’t a secret idea speakeasy where you can buy them in bulk (or if there is, no one has ever given me the password). There are, however, some steps you can take to generate new ideas when you’re feeling blocked. Here are five ways to find writing inspiration:

  1. Go for a Walk
  2. Practice FreeWriting
  3. Read Something
  4. Disconnect
  5. Observe & Record

For an elaboration on the five ways to find inspiration, read further @ Huffington Post.

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Writing, even if it’s not the “right” writing

Cinthia Ritchie

I work as a journalist, for those of you don’t know. I edit and write a weekly newspaper for a small, bedroom community outside of Anchorage, Alaska. I enjoy my job, sometimes, though the workload is intense and the hours are long and the attention to detail does little to suit my nature.

DSC_0638 View from the football field where I shot last week’s high school game. Not a bad view while working, eh?

This job naturally requires that I write. Since I’m the only person on staff (except for freelancers), I basically must dig up enough copy to fill a 16-page paper. Some weeks I see this as an exhilarating challenge. Others, I want to run screaming from my computer.

Yet, being forced to write each day, and everything from briefs to obituaries to features to hard-news stories, is a lesson every writer needs to learn. Because the truth be told, a writer can write even when she…

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Writer’s blockade

Allison Freeman

This week’s post is brief, because I’m only writing it to avoid working on my novel, which brings me very quickly to this week’s topic:  writer’s blockade.

The-10-Common-Types-of-Writers-Block-and-How-to-Overcome-Them-QuicklyI don’t suffer from writer’s block, defined as “a condition…in which an author loses the ability to produce new work.”  I’m really lucky that there is usually some idea or image buzzing around my brain that I want to explore.  I am even luckier that I actually need to write in order to sort out my thoughts and make sense of my experiences:  writing is a large part of how I process the world, and it’s actually necessary for my mental well-being.

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Overcoming Resistance (to Writing)

The Sarcastic Muse

Overcoming Writer ResistanceIt happens all the time. I have a good idea or existing project, characters are talking, plot is coming together, and I want to write. I want to close my eyes and let the story pour out.

Instead, I’m doing everything but writing. I’m even tackling tasks I’ve neglected since I wrote my spring-cleaning list.

Resistance feels like a door I need to walk through but can’t seem to budge.

So what gives?

Experienced writers exchange commiserating glances. New writers wonder what’s wrong with them. The good news is that nothing is wrong. It’s a phenomenon known as resistance and it’s pretty common. If you haven’t experienced it yet, chances are you will.

For me, resistance is always present. It’s just part of my writing life. Learning how to overcome, trick, deny, and work around resistance was a vital skill for me to develop. Sometimes we’re just afraid that we can’t…

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Breaking up is hard to do: letting go of, and finding love within your writing.

catherinewinther

“But you two were so good together?” As you may or may not have noticed (I suspect my audience is largely imaginary at the moment) I am having some “time apart” from my WIP: Blood Like Water (BLW). Whilst it was good to have my writer’s crisis and get a new perspective on things it did mean I had to let some things go – for now. Like a hatchling, I had to break my shell in order to be born. To be honest, BLW was a bit of a shell.

JIllenye J Illienye

I have always heard the saying “You have to love what you do.” I never quite understood that saying because it is hard to love what you do when you’re working as a data runner – what is that you say? Let’s just say it involves a lot of crawling under buildings, through trenches, mud, dead cats…

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If You Insist on Having Writer’s Block, Here’s Help.

The Non-Fiction Novelist

By Larry Kahaner
            I don’t believe in writer’s block. Never did. Of course, there are days when I just don’t feel like working but it’s not because I’m a writer. It’s because I don’t feel like working. Period. I’m tired, I’m sick, I’m bored, I’m distracted…whatever.
            As I’ve said hundreds of times before: “Do plumbers have plumber’s block? Do doctors have doctor’s block?” No. There are no such things, so why do writers think they’re special?

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I’m not going to answer that now. Instead, I’m going to help those who actually believe there is such a thing as writer’s block, but I’m going to call it “I-just-don’t-feel-like-working-today-but-it’s-not-because-I’m-a-writer syndrome.

Here are my tricks to work when I don’t feel like working:

1 – Set a time limit. I say to myself that I only have to work for 15 minutes but I have to…

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