I have been having so much writer's block these past few months. Usually I can write nonstop for days and have everything turn out the way I want it to. Now I can barely get out a chapter. I have all of these ideas and I am struggling to make them flow without getting stuck. Does anyone out their know the cure, so to speak, for writer's block? Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.
I've done the same thing, ideas coming at me so fast that they start jumbling together and not in a good way.
I take a notepad with me everywhere. If I get an idea, I write it down, one idea per page. Some are long. Some are short. Some are only one sentence. But getting them out of my head gives me a chance to sort them out, then go back to them one at a time, concentrating on just that one idea.
Hope this helps.
Try these ideas. 1 - step away from your writing. Writer's block is a kind of performance anxiety and you cannot tackle it while still trying to perform. 2 - take a long walk. It helps to listen to nature or the city to find a new rhythm for your mind. 3 - imagine a fictional conversation between you and a favorite historical, literary, fictional, TV or movie character. All writing is story telling even if the story is how to hook up your stereo so practice a little in your head away from paper or computer. 4 - read a children's book. Isn't juvenile fiction and children's books the first place we thought about writing our own stories. 5 - have a fun date. With friends or a partner do something fun, noisy, big, drunken and drop the guilt - it is the guilt and shame of not producing that holds us back. 6 - have sex or some other mind freeing body moving exercise. When we free our minds in sex or running or weight lifting or karate we let our brain work free from our self imposed restrictions and process. 7 - meditate or pray - which ever. Again a stillness of mind will allow your writing self to work on the problems free of you.
My energy in the arena of writing ebbs and flows--that's why I've tried to pursue other hobbies, as to maximize and try to balance it. While like you, I could write for days and days--I find myself getting less board if I pursue other mediums at the same time.
Often, when I'm *truly* having a bout of writers block, its usually a symptom of something else going on in the background of my life.
Try relaxing, quit pushing yourself to be so cohesive, and just write like you would as a comic artist doodles.
I tend to be immune to writer's block, knock on wood. Usually I will go into one hub, and end up thinking of two or three more topics to write about.
I get writer's block quite often. Like I would have absolutely no ideas for my next story or I would be at a loss for continuing the one I'm already writing.
My way of dealing with it is an avoidance tactic. I just stop writing for awhile. Usually, when I come back to it, I have another idea or two. If it doesn't work then I just don't worry about it too much since an idea will most likely come to me at night when I'm trying to sleep.
For me it comes down to an emotional blockage. I know what emotions I want to explore and convey but I can't find the words (dialogue/plot/prose). So I immerse myself in music, literature, non-fiction, and movies that tap that emotion. Oftentimes, the environment needs to change too, so I go the the beach, forest, city centre - anywhere that fits the emotional landscape. Total immersion. Eventually, it flows from the source within me too.
Zaiden Jace I know how it feels.
I came up with something like this a few weeks ago and this is how our wonderful hubber friends helped me get me through it...
check this out, a lot of awesome suggestions there .. I was able to finish my hub and move on with some more that day!!
Hope you find it useful.. best wishes and God Bless!
carry a notepad, and use it - try to find a creative writing workshop, write about your frustrations at not thinking of ideas as that in itself is writing, look at photos, online and in books, magazines and newspapers, as well as paintings, and write down your impressions based on them. I may well create a Hub of creative writ exercises soon - others should too.
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