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Javaceles
Posted: Monday, March 10, 2008 9:37:50 AM

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I have heard many solutions to this persistent and I am certain, nearly universal problem, but how do you deal with writer's block?

I ask because I feel a block coming on, and I do not wish to allow it to hinder my creative process.

One solution I have heard is that the only way to break the block is to discipline yourself to write. I am doing so, but I feel desperately uninspired.

Any suggestions?
Batman
Posted: Monday, March 10, 2008 4:50:16 PM

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Live.


Life can give many things in many forms. Go out and watch people. Listen to audio CD, match a movie. Surf the net and read other's stuff.

Ask questions and listen.

Then DREAM.


Good luck

Bat
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Posted: Monday, March 10, 2008 6:46:53 PM

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I'd say read. Get recommendations on a book in your favorite genre, or just pick up a favorite, well-written book. Look at the style of the author and learn. That always gets my mind going.
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Batman
Posted: Monday, March 10, 2008 9:05:17 PM

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Lush has a block, also.

Or just forgot to typ






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Posted: Monday, March 10, 2008 9:24:38 PM

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I saw her fingers hover over the keyboard there.
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Posted: Monday, March 10, 2008 9:44:24 PM

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I can be evil at times!

Here is a good resource: http://fictionwriting.about.com/od/writingroadblocks/tp/block.htm
Javaceles
Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2008 8:09:33 AM

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Well, as things work out, I have used a combination aof all your suggestions. A recent real-life experience and some plain old persistence are paying off. I should have something fresh later today!
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Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2008 4:19:01 PM

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I once saw a great cartoon on Calvin and Hobbes on writers block. Calvin came in with a large block of wood and dropped it on a desk, blocking the bulk of the desks surface area. He asked Hobbes if he wanted to see his latest invention. Hobbes replied, " sure, what is it?" Calvin replied" It's a writers block. I'm going to patent it. In the last frame Calvin was walking away stating.... "I'm years ahead of my time......"
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Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2008 9:57:13 PM

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ghostwriter wrote:
I once saw a great cartoon on Calvin and Hobbes on writers block. Calvin came in with a large block of wood and dropped it on a desk, blocking the bulk of the desks surface area. He asked Hobbes if he wanted to see his latest invention. Hobbes replied, " sure, what is it?" Calvin replied" It's a writers block. I'm going to patent it. In the last frame Calvin was walking away stating.... "I'm years ahead of my time......"


That's one of the funniest quotes I've ever read. evil4 Nice one ghostwriter.
Deadly
Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2008 4:46:04 AM

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Javaceles wrote:
I have heard many solutions to this persistent and I am certain, nearly universal problem, but how do you deal with writer's block?

I ask because I feel a block coming on, and I do not wish to allow it to hinder my creative process.

One solution I have heard is that the only way to break the block is to discipline yourself to write. I am doing so, but I feel desperately uninspired.

Any suggestions?


Read is a good way around, especially something that you don't normally read - it gives your imagination a jolt.

One I've used on a semi cloudy day is to lie down and just stare at the clouds and imagine what they look like - people, things, animals, etc.

Another is to lie down and let your mind wander for a while, sort of daydream.
800ibgorrila
Posted: Monday, May 05, 2008 10:02:19 PM

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My favorite is to listen to a playlist that I've made on Itunes and just let my mind wander. Then I just write whatever comes into my head, not worrying about it being coherant. Sometimes it's good stuff, most of the time it sucks. But it gets my mind going.

I use music a lot when I write. When I'm writing something sexy, I'll put on some sexy music and let drip out. When there is some action going on, I'll put on some rock, or some electronic music and imagine it like a movie with a soundtrack.

After I've written stuff, I like to daydream about what song I would use for specific scenes. I always like to ask people if there was a song that they know of that would go good with what they read. I don't know, I'm weird like that.
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Posted: Tuesday, May 06, 2008 8:09:55 PM

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I bought a book that has helped me tremendously "The Pocket Muse" by Monica Wood. It has little exercises and things to do that helps me get over, around or through writers block.
Sal
Posted: Tuesday, October 06, 2009 8:28:15 PM

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I've been battling a block for sometime again... I think I need to dust of my editions of Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. I have it on tape and book format. Listening to Anne herself talk about the process takes me back to my school days, it inspires me and can get me excited again.

The key to preventing block is definitely to write daily. Make it a habit. Once you break that habit, it's hard to get back on track. Perhaps I need to start small....
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Posted: Monday, October 12, 2009 12:32:55 PM

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Lisa
Posted: Saturday, October 17, 2009 5:09:20 PM

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Anyone suffering writer's block should try taking part in National Novel Writing Month in November. The challenge is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. There are no prizes, it's just a way to get those words out there that might be stuck in your head. You might end up with a few more stories to submit here at Lush, too! I did it once before. It was a crazy month, but I finished it feeling very inspired.

I've decided to take part again next month. Now all I need is a plot!
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Posted: Sunday, October 18, 2009 6:10:35 AM

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Great idea Lisa ... I also find as mentioned writing daily helps and looking out for good ideas, especially from the forum and reading good works to keep me inspired ...


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Guest
Posted: Monday, October 19, 2009 11:52:15 AM

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I think when I get a mental block with writing, that I need to get out more. Go places that you don't normally do and shake up that routine. I went shopping to a supermarket that was in a bit of a rough area, it was great loads of great characters and conversations, it turned out to be a funny afternoon.
Go to coffe places and listen to people talking, read the newspapers and adapt a story that you have heard but make it your own.
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Posted: Sunday, November 01, 2009 7:45:46 AM

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To date, I've not suffered from the dreaded writer's block, although I do often feel that my sex scenes are a little repetitive. One thing I've discovered recently, is that song lyrics can be a good source of inspiration.



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Posted: Monday, November 02, 2009 11:16:46 AM

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Going through a horrible case of it right now, of course I do have a few things on my mind, but it seems like every idea I come up with sounds flat and stale to me, and the stories I've done as part of an intended series have yet to inspire me to get back to them. Maybe in February I'll be back at full speed...laughing6

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Guest
Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 7:01:41 AM

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Guest wrote:
I once saw a great cartoon on Calvin and Hobbes on writers block. Calvin came in with a large block of wood and dropped it on a desk, blocking the bulk of the desks surface area. He asked Hobbes if he wanted to see his latest invention. Hobbes replied, " sure, what is it?" Calvin replied" It's a writers block. I'm going to patent it. In the last frame Calvin was walking away stating.... "I'm years ahead of my time......"
Lfunny That sounds like something Bevis and Butthead would do in a cartoon, and then laugh ha ha ha ha
Guest
Posted: Sunday, June 03, 2012 11:57:48 AM

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Blocks..hmm..my blocks are usually just my laziness but for my personal experience, persistence does not guarantee good material in the end. You might get the amount of writing you'd like but is it quality or even enjoyable? Writing should be enjoyable if its not for career...LOL.

Relax, leave it aside and fantasize a lot.. Thinking casually and loving the minute is very useful. Or, you can keep your stories shorter, instead of a serial, so there is less pressure? Just love the process and live the moment and the right thing will come Regaeman Man
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