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fantasylady
Posted: Thursday, July 03, 2014 7:13:15 AM

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Every so often, I suffer from writers block. I can feel it coming. I open up my laptop. I want to write and then, nothing. I have ideas but cannot put the detail in. It gets so frustrating.

A couple of years ago, I didn't write for nearly a year. I had no desire to even open my laptop. I got out of it by continually reading books and stories, until I felt I just had to start writing again.

How do you get out of writers block?

Thanks

Abi
Mazza
Posted: Thursday, July 03, 2014 7:20:33 AM

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I've been suffering from it myself - I picked up some older stuff I'd been working on a while ago and just laboured and edited until I finally had something...

Even if it's not hugh quality, I'll try and write something because I figure it's easier to work and edit words that are actually there, even if they're not great, then move on from that, if that makes sense?

Sometimes just taking a break and removing the pressure to write can help and I've had a lot of real life stuff to deal with too, which didn't help...

Hopefully I'm back and writing for a while now though...

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fantasylady
Posted: Thursday, July 03, 2014 9:15:26 AM

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Thanks Mazza,

I quite enjoy re-editing old stuff and it does help to keep going. It is so annoying when you have an idea. It even keeps me awake at night thinking about it. You sit at the keyboard and you just cannot type!

You are right about real life issues getting in the way.

Keep going!

Thanks for the response.

Abi
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Posted: Thursday, July 03, 2014 11:45:29 AM

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I went through a period where I couldn't write a thing. I took up another hobby (photography) until inspiration struck and I was able to write something.

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Posted: Friday, July 04, 2014 8:33:26 AM

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When I can't write, I read! And if I read something bad, it inspires me to write - I guess I think, "Even I can do better than this."

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tashitasha
Posted: Friday, July 04, 2014 8:40:47 AM

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I could not write for almost 2 years. The thing is to take a break, not force yourself to write. Read instead or find other things to do. The urge and inspiration will come back sooner or later.

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Posted: Friday, July 04, 2014 9:34:51 AM

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I just spent four years completely blocked. My new resolutions:

1) If I can't make progress on a story, I set it aside and write something else. Starting a brand new story often works. It's not ideal, but it beats the hell out of not writing.

2) At the extreme, it's perfectly fine to write a five page, item by item description of the room I'm in. Or the last time my wife and I had sex. Or the weather. Anything. Just so long as I open my word processor and write.

I find that when I'm blocked the thing I need to do is get my brain started, period. On anything. Then I'll suddenly realize what I want to say in a story. Maybe it's too personal a method, but for me the big scary enemy is not writing at all. Anything is better than nothing.
BraveBitch
Posted: Friday, July 04, 2014 11:48:43 AM

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I have been writing from past 4-5 years and I have felt same.
I didn't completely stopped writing but in comparison to how much I used to write, I felt like I had almost stopped writing. I had unfinished novels and series of stories, and readers were asking for new chapters. I just lied to them that I'm writing new chapters. I didn't write any new chapters of my on going novels and stories, but I posted some short stories to let people know that, I'm not dead.
I guess I didn't have anything to write at that time and I couldn't think of any new things. I spent my time in watching movies/porn and reading a little.
Then one day I decided to continue my unfinished novel, as it got most popular on the site. I'm not a very good writer when it comes to grammar and stuff, but when I found my novel at the top, it inspired me to write more. I continued the novel and still it's the most popular novel.
I joined LUSH one and half year ago, when I submitted my first story... it got rejected. I tried a few more times and couldn't get it published. I left Lush and came back after a year. Now I have many stories on my page, and I feel so happy to see that my readers like my work here.
Last month, I got banned from LUSH. I could have just left and never come back... but right now I'm not in the mood to stop writing. So here I'm writing everyday and thinking about more and more dirty, naughty and hot ideas.

If you feel like you don't want to write then don't force yourself to write. After sometime you will find a reason to continue writing.






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Posted: Friday, July 04, 2014 11:58:22 AM

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HeraTeleia wrote:
Alcohol. Worked for Hemingway.


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AbigailThornton
Posted: Saturday, July 05, 2014 1:08:28 AM

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fantasylady wrote:
Every so often, I suffer from writers block. I can feel it coming. I open up my laptop. I want to write and then, nothing. I have ideas but cannot put the detail in. It gets so frustrating.

A couple of years ago, I didn't write for nearly a year. I had no desire to even open my laptop. I got out of it by continually reading books and stories, until I felt I just had to start writing again.

How do you get out of writers block?

Thanks

Abi


I've never suffered from genuine writer's block but I use various tricks to keep my words flowing. William Stafford said, ""There is no such thing as writer's block for writers whose standards are low enough." I really like this - stop trying to produce perfect prose - just get those ideas down on paper (rather than laptop if that has become a psychological barrier in itself). Start your stories at the end, or the middle. Just write the core of whatever is in your head; capture those ideas and store them, ignoring completely the detail.

If you can't find the right word, leave it out; can't find the right name, ignore it.

Change your scenery - go to the local library or if you work, find a quiet corner and write during your lunch.

Writing is like any other bad habit; you'll find yourself doing it eventually. (I just made that up - I like it!!)

AudriNichols
Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 5:53:55 PM

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fantasylady wrote:
Every so often, I suffer from writers block. I can feel it coming. I open up my laptop. I want to write and then, nothing. I have ideas but cannot put the detail in. It gets so frustrating.

A couple of years ago, I didn't write for nearly a year. I had no desire to even open my laptop. I got out of it by continually reading books and stories, until I felt I just had to start writing again.

How do you get out of writers block?

Thanks

Abi


I get writers block most often when I try too hard to write "the perfect story". That never ever happens in the first draft anyway, so remember, writing is supposed to be fun. Just relax and don't try so hard, and it will come back.

I find stream of consciousness writing helps. Set a timer and spend ten minutes just writing something. Anything. It doesn't matter what it is, or how bad it is. The act of writing will get your juices flowing.

Sometimes I use writing prompts. I find that they spark my creativity to write something totally silly. Then, when the cobwebs clear, I can write something else.

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Mysteria27
Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014 8:51:01 PM

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I often will ask my readers if they have a story idea they would like me to write for them.

I asked one the other day. He said a milf story bla bla and then I just wrote it out.

Sometimes that helps me when I get stuck.

Poetry is easier for me and I never run out of ideas for that.

Co writing can help too so you can bounce ideas off each other.
LarsKaiden
Posted: Saturday, September 06, 2014 5:03:14 AM

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Seeing as I'm not financially dependent on my writing, if I can't think of anything to write about then I simply don't write.

I have tried, like Mysteria27, to ask others for story ideas. Most of the time that doesn't work for me for several reasons, ranging from not liking their idea to having to ask them so much detail that they are practically writing the story for me. The one or two of my stories that did come from other people's ideas didn't fair well, mostly because weren't written with my usual level of passion. Instead, they came from what I thought the originator would like to read. There are probably some people who can take another person's idea and build it into something special, but sadly that doesn't work for me.



KennethPierce
Posted: Friday, September 12, 2014 2:36:40 AM

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In my experience, writer's block is NEVER solved by just barelling through or going out and "looking for inspiration." Writer's block is your brain's way of telling you that your story took a wrong turn somewhere, and now you've reached a dead end. The only solution is to backtrack, figure out where you went wrong, and pick it up from there. Did a character make a decision that didn't fit? Did something happen that just feels phony or less dramatic than it could have been?

In my experience, every time I have writer's block it's because I fucked up some aspect of the story.

That's what works for me, anyway.
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Posted: Friday, September 12, 2014 9:24:06 PM

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AbigailThornton wrote:


Writing is like any other bad habit; you'll find yourself doing it eventually. (I just made that up - I like it!!)


I love that Abigail, because it is so true.

One of my favorite quotes is:

“First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you're inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won't. Habit is persistence in practice.”
― Octavia E. Butler

If you believe that you have to wait for a muse or inspiration to write, you'll do much more waiting then writing. If you really love to write, then you have to all the time. It's like part of a complete day like eating. Some days I have to eat shitty things I don't like to stay healthy. Sometimes I see something I just have to have. Either way, I have to eat to stay alive. Cooking and shopping can be a pain in the ass. And after all that, dinner may suck. Writing is like that. It's hard and sometimes painful, gets on my last nerve. But every once in a while there is that perfect meal that makes you want to light candles and everyone willingly comes to the table. Sometimes it is just a damn good sandwich. Writing is hard work, do it without expectation, without fear and desire to be profound or read. Just do it, even if it is about how you can't do it. Then try to make it better, over and over until it pleads to let it go. I absolutely guarantee that if you pick up something old, you will see something you want to correct or make better. That's a good start.

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DanielleX
Posted: Saturday, September 13, 2014 1:56:16 PM

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I don't get much WB, but when I do, I have two strategies.

Forget about the story and just do something else for a week.

Start writing a new story and come back to the old one when I'm ready.


I find that both work equally well.

Danny xxx






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Have a chat or two with friends on Lush. Even if the conversations flirty rather then steamy, there's often more than one idea that comes out of it that you can pop into a story.

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Posted: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 8:06:09 AM

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overmykneenow wrote:
Has anyone tried Oblique Strategies?

Developed by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt, they're meant to inspire creative thought

Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oblique_Strategies


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overmykneenow
Posted: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 8:29:58 AM

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RavenStar wrote:


Seems worth a shot. Expensive, though.

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There are free apps available that will do the job: android | iOS


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