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For any Writers...Published or otherwise! How do you get out of a rut?

  1. Sa Toya profile image74
    Sa Toyaposted 7 years ago

    Well I'm writing my first novel. I've written other things but I plan to get this book published...hopefully. I'm even blogging about my book.

    Anyways I'm stuck...not writer's block. I know what I want to say. I've got all the stuff going but can't seem to get it down and if I do...it's crap...actual shite.

    So any tips or advice any of you may have, when in such a stitch?!

    Cheers smile

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      cosetteposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      don't fret over what is coming out right now. you can edit later.

      if you have thoughts rushing out, let them come. before you know it, the story will start to shape itself.

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      china manposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Go back to the first chapter or two and read what you wrote without noticing the typos and the occasional 'did I really write that nonsense!' moment. Then go back to where you are stuck and try again. Or put it away for a while and do something else quite different - then read it again. The first way helps to focus on what you were starting out to say - the second adds an objective element to your sight. Good luck with it!

  2. cottontail profile image60
    cottontailposted 7 years ago

    If you're having trouble getting it down, maybe try to narrow down different parts and focus on them one at a time. I think that sometimes we get overwhelmed with all that we are trying to communicate and then it just doesn't come out the way we want it. So, breaking it down can help.  I also agree with cosette, you can always edit later smile

  3. livewithrichard profile image85
    livewithrichardposted 7 years ago

    When I need dialogue for my fiction I go to where I know there are people that talk the way I need them to talk, and I observe (lol eavesdrop) I'm lucky that I live in a big city and have access to many populated places such as malls, courtrooms, and even City Hall. 

    You say you know what you want to say but just don't know how to say it... well this might help.

  4. Sa Toya profile image74
    Sa Toyaposted 7 years ago

    Cheers Cosette... it's getting really frustrating so I guess I will have to just write what's in my head and edit later.

    @China Man I shall brave it and go read what I've done...I fear it may be the dreaded "wtf is that?" moment but c'est la vie right?!

    I do need to have more breaks not to mention doing something different.

    Thanks to you too cottontail. I hadn't thought of narrowing anything down. Good Plan!


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      cosetteposted 7 years agoin reply to this


      good luck! well i better go. feel free to email me if you want any advice.

  5. Maddie Ruud profile image80
    Maddie Ruudposted 7 years ago

    Just start writing, stream-of-conciousness, and see what comes out of it.  Or pick up a book from your shelf, open it, and start typing what it says, until your own words start taking over.  Just be sure to go back and change the beginning when you're done.  wink