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Writer's Block: When Is a Problem Not a Problem?

Updated on May 17, 2014

Writer's block arises when you run into a problem and don't know how to solve it, but sometimes there isn't a problem at all. Simply remove the part that's causing you trouble and deal with it later in a file marked "alternate" or "deleted scenes." Take breaks and reread your work with fresh eyes, for your narrative must flow from one idea to the next in smooth transitions. Most importantly of all, don't get in your own way by getting caught up in concerns you need not be having.
Not all of your ideas will fit nicely together in the story you want to write. As a result, you may end up with several versions of the same tale. This is natural, as the creative mind is continually rewriting and tweaking the details. Ultimately, you will have to choose the best version of events to present as the official version while the leftovers become special features. If there is a part that you want to include but don't know how to fit into the story, brainstorm possible scenarios required for it to fit; otherwise, it will remain a deleted scene.
Once you have removed the scene that you're stuck on, continue to write as if it hasn't happened. If the narrative flows naturally from this point, then it was not a necessary scene to have in the first place. However, if it is a pivotal part of the story, the rest of the story must adapt to it, evolving into something you may not have originally intended. Then it will be up to you to judge whether or not to try again; you may have unintentionally created something even better than you'd planned. Perhaps the solution requires you to step outside of your comfort zone, and in that case you shouldn't be afraid to challenge yourself a little.


Don't worry about being original. Even if an idea of yours has been done before, you shouldn't give up on it. All you have to do is execute it well, preferably with your own style added to it. However, you shouldn't do something just for the sake of doing it, either. You have to believe in what you're writing and be motivated to see it come to fruition. Clear your mind and banish all self-doubt, otherwise you won't do a good job if you even get it off the ground at all. You can either be your own editor or find someone who will fill that role for you, be it a friend, a family member, or a professional.
The fictional realm you create is your multiverse, complete with parallel universes. As you struggle to create the perfect one, keep in mind that you don't have to view a particular hang-up as a problem. Each separate idea can be considered a variant and may or may not be included in the final draft. Even if you don't end up using it, it can still exist in its own universe as what could have been. It's all part of the writing process.


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      Dan Lema 3 years ago from Tanzania

      I agree with you, nice hub