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How do you solve writer's block?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Norrin Radd, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. Norrin Radd

    Norrin Radd New Member

    Topic title says it all.

    Any and all writing types welcome.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    I read book reviews whenever I'm lacking the focus to write, often finding that reading about writing helps spark some inspiration.
  3. franticscribe

    franticscribe Well-Known Member

    I just remind myself what my first editor told me: there's no such thing. Then I get to writing.
  4. Liut

    Liut Well-Known Member

    Much like CD, I'll look over material written by people having previously inspired me. I don't have to search much since I've flagged certain pages and highlighted key thoughts. Lately, it has been work by Jacob Bronowski and James Deakin.
  5. ConorRevell

    ConorRevell New Member

    There's no such thing. Start pounding away on the keyboard. You can always change it up if it doesn't make sense.
  6. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Just keep writing.
  7. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    Take a break. In many cases, the block comes from being tired.
  8. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    Take a 10 minute walk. Talk to yourself about what you want the piece to say.

    Come home. Turn off the Internet. Literally.

    Stop beating your head against the wall on the section that's messing with you brain. Skip ahead. Write a sentence. Write another. Work until you have a paragraph. Then two.

    Go back to the troubling section. Work to connect them. Now you have somewhere you're going.

    Outlines help too. Even rough ones.

    YGBFKM Guest

    What if the block applies to outlines?

    OK, just kidding. I find walking or driving (in silence) to be helpful. Some of my most productive "writing" sessions have come during long trips on empty highways.
  10. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    "I don't understand how a writer could ever get writer's block, so-called. My problem is having too much ... and being unable to get it all down." — James Dickey
  11. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    Dickey probably just drank away what other people consider writer's block.
  12. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    Walk away. Take a shower, a walk, get laid. Don't come back to it until you know what you're going to do. When you're ready, you'll know. Worst thing you can do is sit there thinking, 'Fuck! Writer's block!' like you just discovered a cold sore.
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