Writing Tips 14

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Today’s Tip: Writer’s Block Again

I know I’ve talked about this somewhere in my earlier tips. We can never get rid of writer’s block. It just something that comes with. Every writer is afraid of it and often, writers succumb to it. It’s dangerous, it’s discouraging, and it’s a writer’s worst enemy.

Who: Writer’s Block

What: a time when writers run out of ideas or are stuck on one part of a story

When: you lose the essential “sense of direction”

Where: anywhere in the story, often between the beginning and the middle.

Why: to discourage writers from finishing their future novels

How: How do you overcome it? I actually don’t know. I’ve tried a bunch of different methods. Sometimes, when I meet writer’s block, I stop writing for a few days and then come back to the story. I would’ve collected ideas by then. Other times, I set the story aside and forget about it. That’s the option I fear the most, not being able to finish something I started. Often, it’s because I’ve thought of a new, maybe “better” story to write about and the old one just loses its interest. So how do you keep writing? It depends on what kind of writer you are. If you want to take a break, then take a break, but please please please don’t forget about your story. If you want to continue, then you can try asking yourself multiple questions. What is the character thinking? What are the other characters thinking? Is now the time for the archnemesis to appear? Try your best to keep writing. Just know that you’re not the only one who’s battling writer’s block.

Activity: Jot down a list of every little idea that comes to mind. When you think you’ve got enough, incorporate them into your story. Also, before writing a chapter, take note of which direction the chapter will take your characters and KEEP IT IN MIND. Do not lose track or you will get lost.

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Today’s tip is a writer’s worst enemy- yourself. You know that little voice in your head who criticizes your work before anybody else does? That’s a writer’s greatest fear.

The voice is like your mother. Sometimes she may say things that totally sinks your heart in defeat, but it’s for your own good. This little voice is trying to make your writing look better- it just has a very negative way of going about it. I’ve personally experienced deleting entire paragraphs because of a single shred of doubt in my mind. That’s not good. It’s horrible. Your downfall. Once you delete one paragraph, you’ll erase more, until you’re left with a blank page all over again.

I hate that voice. But that voice is me. So I hate me. Don’t you just want to shoot the voice in the head and be done with it? But then I would only be shooting myself. So it trying to get rid of it is no good.

What do you do? You can’t listen to it all the time, that’ll just bring you to more blank pages.

Here’s the tip; pretend you are a queen. Everything you write is right, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it, it’s the perfect version of Harry Potter, you’ll be a bestselling author before you know it. That’s what I tell myself. Hey, it works. That little voice can’t argue with you anymore because it’s wrong and you’re right.

You have to be satisfied with your works. Belittling yourself will only cause you more harm than good. You tried your best, therefore you are a brilliant author. A brilliant author, I tell you. The next J.K. Rowling.

No worries. Just be happy.

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Writing is really hard. As in really, really difficult. Or is it just me? I like writing novels and towards the middle of the story, I get stuck. Writer’s block. I hate it so much and I’m sure the feeling’s mutual. In my many failed attempts at trying to complete a story, I’ve developed some tips for myself. I note them down and when I look back at them, I find them useful. I hope you do too!

The tip for today is to be patient with what you write.

Writer’s block hits me every single time. You can’t escape it, no matter how hard you try. It will always be there, even if you close your eyes, count to ten, and open them again. It’s there- you just have to cross it. And I can tell you, once you’ve crossed the first block, the rest will be a serious piece of cake.

Take J.K. Rowling’s famous Harry Potter series for example. Harry Potter wasn’t immediately excepted by publishers- actually, most people didn’t think Rowling would make much out of children’s books. But she was patient and Harry Potter turned out to be a worldwide celebrity!

Patience is the magic word. If you’re suffering through major Writer’s Block, put the story aside for a few days. Often, Writer’s Block results from lacking new ideas. Take time to collect your creativity and your story will be as good as new! Trust me, I’ve suffered, I’ve worried myself sick (literally), but I’m not giving up. Don’t let the pencil or the paper or the computer screen beat you (death by pencil- amazing), become the pencil, paper, and computer screen.

And don’t forget to stay healthy. You don’t want to end up like me 😛