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  • #35680
    luciusbraun
    @theswordinthebook

    Hi everyone! I’m new to this whole thing, so I’m still navigating my way around here! πŸ˜‰
    So, I need help concerning writer’s block, which I am struggling in right now. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to overcome that? Maybe exercises, things to read, etc. Thanks!

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    #35684
    R.M. Archer
    @r-m-archer

    1. Change your scenery

    You’d be amazed how big a difference it makes to just write somewhere you wouldn’t usually write. At one point I went to write in my backyard and got characters from an old story of mine to cooperate for the first time in years and I wrote a short story about them.

    2. Read something similar to what you’re writing

    If you’re writing high fantasy, for instance, read something like The Hobbit or The Sword of Shannara or Atlantis Rising. If you’re writing a mystery, read Nancy Drew. (Obviously it won’t be these exact suggestions, but you get the idea.) It might help you regain your inspiration, or it might just give you something to do, and either way it’s likely to be useful later.

    3. Write a short story

    You can write something from a prompt on Pinterest, you can explore a side character from your novel, whatever. Writing something short that’s not your normal project can help a lot.

    4. Try to find the source of the problem

    Generally there’s something causing writer’s block. It could be a character you don’t have developed as well as you thought, a scene that doesn’t really fit, whatever. It might be something you’re stuck on writing in the future or you might have to track it back quite a ways to find the spot in the story where things got off-track. You can seek it out by thinking through it or freewriting or mind-mapping or whatever works for you.

    5. Freewrite

    Somewhat connected to the last one, freewriting can help. You can ramble about life, your writing, your block, whatever. You might stumble upon a nugget of inspiration that you never would have found otherwise, or you might find the core of your issue.

     

    Hopefully those help. πŸ™‚

    Fantasy/dystopian/sci-fi author. Mythology nerd. ENFP. Singer.

    #35688
    luciusbraun
    @theswordinthebook

    @r-m-archer Thanks so much! I will definitely try these! πŸ˜‰

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    #35698

    @theswordinthebook My cures:

    • Taking a break for a day or two
    • Looking through my writing PinterestΒ board (pics, snippets, and prompts)
    • Writing a poem
    • Taking a walk
    • Reading the Bible–especially the Psalms, Proverbs, James, and Ecclesiastes

    Hope that helps. πŸ™‚


    @r-m-archer
    That’s all awesome. (I’ll take some of that a try it myself!)

    Spreading God's love until I can see seven billion smiles. πŸ™‚ https://sevenbillionsmiles.home.blog

    #35699

    Here are my writing boards that I use for inspiration:

    https://www.pinterest.com/shieldoffaithhome/writing/

    https://www.pinterest.com/shieldoffaithhome/-art-inspirations-/

    https://www.pinterest.com/shieldoffaithhome/~-poetry-~/

    https://www.pinterest.com/shieldoffaithhome/preeety/

    πŸ™‚

    Spreading God's love until I can see seven billion smiles. πŸ™‚ https://sevenbillionsmiles.home.blog

    #35701
    Anonymous

    @theswordinthebook This can help spur me on sometimes when I’m having a difficult time:Β https://storyembers.org/3-reasons-christians-can-write-compelling-stories-despite-past-failures/

    #35708
    Daeus Lamb
    @daeus-lamb

    @theswordinthebook I actually wrote a script for a minicourse on this subject. If you’d be willing to leave your thoughts on it (what was helpful, unhelpful, confusing, etc), I could share that with you.

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    πŸ‘– 🐒🐒🐒🐒🐒

    #35722
    NCStokes
    @ncstokes

    @theswordinthebook Were there any pot bunnies you’re had recently that caught you interest? When I’m stuck, I chase plot bunnies for a few days. I don’t abandon my WIP, but getting my mind on something else while still practicing writing skills often helps me.

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    #35724
    NCStokes
    @ncstokes

    @theswordinthebook Typo. I meant PLOT bunnies. Not pot bunnies. πŸ˜›

    *disappears in a poof of smoke*

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    #35741
    Coralie
    @corkybookworm

    Do you guys ever have trouble connecting plot points? I guess it’s kind of a form of writer’s block. I have plot points, scenes I know I need and want, but I sometimes have trouble getting from point A to point B in the story…if that makes sense…

    GraceBought
    https://gracebought.wordpress.com/

    #35754
    Jenna Terese
    @jenwriter17

    @corkybookworm have you ever tried reverse outlining?


    @theswordinthebook
    Here are some ways I break free of writer’s block and feel inspired again πŸ˜‰

    1) Listen to a playlist of songs for your WIP. That really gets me in the mood.

    2) take a break for as long as you need to. In my opinion, just long enough to come back to your story with fresh eyes.

    3) delve into another one of your hobbies. Just let your mind work on something other than writing.

    4) change your surroundings by writing somewhere other than where you usually do.

    5) Make a Pinterest board (or collage) of photos for your WIP. Seriously, this is so. inspiring. Gets me so pumped! πŸ˜‰

    I hope this helps some! πŸ˜€

    "If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write." -Martin Luther
    www.jennaterese.com

    #35760
    luciusbraun
    @theswordinthebook

    @emma-starr @ariel-ashira @daeus-lamb @ncstokes @corkybookworm @jenwriter17 thank you all so much! I look at all of these soon! 😊😊

    ISTP. Check out my art instagram @smudge_viel Fueled by my family, friends, and lots of tea.

    #35765
    Coralie
    @corkybookworm

    @jenwriter17 No, I don’t believe I have. How exactly does reverse outlining work? Is that where you start at the end and go backwards so to speak? Cause I have done that.

    GraceBought
    https://gracebought.wordpress.com/

    #35782
    Jenna Terese
    @jenwriter17

    @corkybookworm I’m actually not sure if ‘reverse outlining’ is the technical term for it, but yes, I think it’s just where you start with the end of your book and then figure out all the steps before that.

    And I thought I’d mention; if you want, you can start a topic about this so more people will see it and give their advice too πŸ™‚

    "If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write." -Martin Luther
    www.jennaterese.com

    #35785
    Silverclaw
    @silverclaw-bonnetfolly

    Those are all very good suggestions! Mine would be to just write. Maybe jump to a different scene farther ahead in the book and then come back to the one you are having trouble with.

    Nola? AZELINE!!! For ChristWard!

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