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How to effectively deal with a writer’s block?

By Guest Author On February 10, 2010 Under Self Help Tips

The snowy winter outside of my window does not help me deal with this alone either. How can I find something to get me back into the plot of my unfinished novel? I just don’t seem to have enough self motivation… And, I feel so… depraved. I feel senseless. Help me, please!

Give yourself a block of time where you don’t even try to think about it and turn your attention elsewhere – go for a swim and a sauna – eat something that you have never eaten before concentrate on new experiences and try doing some collage work expressing what you block is like where you feel it in your body etc. Work in any other medium than words on a page for a while; even knitting then sit down after a week to see where you go -Or go out as one of the characters in your book dressed like them and see how people respond to you – Have mad conversations with strangers on a train – make the train journey for no purpose and be aimless – Just get yourself loosened up .

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6 comments - add yours
Dan Man

February 10, 2010

Carve the block into a globe and travel.
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Bony ASSS

February 10, 2010

find yourself a muse
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jac the hat

February 10, 2010

Give yourself a block of time where you don’t even try to think about it and turn your attention elsewhere – go for a swim and a sauna – eat something that you have never eaten before concentrate on new experiences and try doing some collage work expressing what you block is like where you feel it in your body etc. Work in any other medium than words on a page for a while; even knitting then sit down after a week to see where you go -Or go out as one of the characters in your book dressed like them and see how people respond to you – Have mad conversations with strangers on a train – make the train journey for no purpose and be aimless – Just get yourself loosened up .
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Tania B

February 10, 2010

the best way is to empty your mind; do some exercise or meditation. Sleep well. Don’t think about your block otherwise you will be stuck here for a while and I know what I’m talking about. Creativity comes normally when one person is sleeping or relaxed. best of luck
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DarkDragonEmpress

February 10, 2010

When I get writer’s block, I find that continuing to try and work on whatever I’m stuck on just gets me nowhere. I either leave my writing entirely and do something different and not creative at all (like go for a walk, go out for something to eat etc), or I read some other books or stories (reading someone else’s creative work can sometimes kickstart your own), or, if I have other novels/stories in progress, I start working on one of those instead (I have two or three stories going at any one time, and I frequently jump between them). Also, maybe try listening to music that captures the mood of whatever part of your novel you’re working on, music is a powerful creative stimulant and can sometimes put images in your head that can be used to feed your novel. Another thing I do is stop writing and start drawing (as an illustrator as well, I have several drawings in progress at any given time, so again I kind of switch between them as the mood takes me).
One last word of advice: Sometimes it is better to write crap than to not write at all. It is almost impossible to write perfect prose on the first attempt, so maybe if you have at least a vague idea of what happens next, just start writing and see where the words take you. It might indeed be crap. Or it might be just what you were trying to write. Or it could be somewhere in between and it might require a bit of editing or fiddling with. But the point is, you will at least have something to work with.
Hope I helped 🙂
Can anyone help with mine?
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I am a novel writer and illustrator

i need professional help :P

February 10, 2010

take a break then play this game;
what you have to do is think of good and bad things that happen to the characters- e.g- FORTUNATELY- Jane was on time for work. UNFORTUNATELY- someone strange was waiting for her

i don’t think this should be used to work out the plot, but maybe once or twice.

helps me 🙂
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