The Writer's Medication Database Thread

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The Writer's Medication Database Thread

Post by c_nordlander » Mon Nov 27, 2006 9:14 am

Have you got any advice for how to get over writer's block? Post it here!

I'll start things off:

1. Set yourself a certain time (not too long) to write, every day. Even if it's just a quarter of an hour, you'll feel that you've achieved something, and chances are you'll be well enough into writing not to want to stop when the time is up.

2. Is there anything else you need to do (in my case usually boring work) that distracts you from writing? Do it first. It'll be a load off your mind when you get back to writing.

3. Keep a list of what inspires you to the story. In my case, it could be anything from a song to a certain place. Then, when your inspiration flags, look at the list. Listen to the songs, read the books, watch the films, go to the places. And if you can't, think about them for a while.

Well, those are the things that work for me. Feel free to add your own suggestions.
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Post by AssistantCrone » Mon Nov 27, 2006 12:49 pm

I have one suggestion -- it certainly helps me -- but it's not awfully wise.

Take on a project. Make sure it's something urgent, preferably with a deadline, and something that you would really rather not do. The more you force yourself to concentrate on the project, the more your brain will say, "But I have new ideas! Write! I'll be good now, I swear!"

Failing that, I'd especially recommend #3 up there. Sound/book/thingtracks are good. There is another suggestion that involves murderous rage, but it only applies to a specific sort of fanfic so I'll shut up.  ;D   
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Post by Terry Y » Mon Nov 27, 2006 4:30 pm

Hmmm...I'll have to print off this page.  Much useful information!
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Post by Archonix » Mon Nov 27, 2006 6:31 pm

I've always found that going somewhere different usually helps get around my writers block. Most of the time it's caused by being in front of the same computer all the time, or sitting in the same room. When I go on holiday I'm always full of ideas. Hell, if I gown the road I'm full of ideas. The point is, you need to get out of your familiar environment now and then.

When I'm writing out ideas I use a pen and paper. I can't write full prose (or whatever) with one becuase it takes too long, but a pen is much handier for scribbling down ideas than a laptop, or even a PDA (for those lucky sods that own one). I've also heard good things about using dictaphones or tape recorders.
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Post by c_nordlander » Mon Nov 27, 2006 11:18 pm

Commisar Geranovich wrote: When I'm writing out ideas I use a pen and paper. I can't write full prose (or whatever) with one becuase it takes too long, but a pen is much handier for scribbling down ideas than a laptop, or even a PDA (for those lucky sods that own one). I've also heard good things about using dictaphones or tape recorders.
Most true. Keeping a notepad (ideally pocket-sized) and pen with you when in your daily life is a great idea. Then you can catch the ideas when they come.
I said: Hey, you! Feed the machine!
Bring them all back down to their knees!
There's no time to waste, remind the slaves
They ain't gonna make it out alive today.
I said: Hey, you! Poison the well!
Watch it all burn, take them straight to hell!
He's got the whole world in his hands
It was nice to know ya
We've all been damned!
C'mon!


-- Poor Man's Poison, "Feed the Machine"
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Post by Terry Y » Tue Nov 28, 2006 4:38 am

I've actually been feeling quite creative lately.  My biggest problem is this: many times, I'll have a good initial idea, but after I work out a scenario or joke or two, I hit a snag and eventually lose interest.  I'd give anything to be able to get over that hump.
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Post by c_nordlander » Tue Nov 28, 2006 9:37 am

If you're not hitting snags, you're not writing. It's that simple. I've been writing for many years, and I'm still getting them.

It's no fun, but you just have to work your way through it. It may be a sign that the scene is getting bogged down and you need to switch to the next one. Perhaps you should write on another part of the story (you don't have to do it in order, after all) just to get some perspective. If it's a big, plot-affecting problem, put it to the side until you come up with a solution.
I said: Hey, you! Feed the machine!
Bring them all back down to their knees!
There's no time to waste, remind the slaves
They ain't gonna make it out alive today.
I said: Hey, you! Poison the well!
Watch it all burn, take them straight to hell!
He's got the whole world in his hands
It was nice to know ya
We've all been damned!
C'mon!


-- Poor Man's Poison, "Feed the Machine"
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Post by zekeprower » Tue Nov 28, 2006 6:34 pm

Hey I have returned, I'll be dipped. *looks around at the walls* 
Anyway, that is all i ever do. I never write from front to back. I work from front to back to middle to the left, right and back towards the beginning.
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Post by Terry Y » Tue Nov 28, 2006 6:58 pm

Welcome back, man!

See, I've got a pretty linear mind, so I've never tried that.  I don't see how anything gets done that way.  But obviously you're doing more than me, so maybe I should give it a try.
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Post by missy_misery » Wed Nov 29, 2006 5:30 pm

I'm of two different minds when it comes to writer's block.

If it's fic, I go back to the particular episode or scene that inspired the work.  If I watch it for long enough I usually pick up some nuance I missed, which assists me in finishing.

If it's an original, I take a good break from the piece.  Usually, it takes absorbing something new - a good movie, a novel, a walk in the country - to get me going again.

Interesting thoughts, all!
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Post by Casper » Wed Nov 29, 2006 11:09 pm

These ideas will also greatly help artists with blocks, if you just change the words around a little.

I think I shall recomend people to read this if they're having a hard time at all :) Its certainly giving me ideas.

Its even giving me an urge to write again.... (beware...)
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Post by zekeprower » Thu Nov 30, 2006 9:15 pm

Thanks for that little welcome back, Lord Kingsly. Anyway to stay on topic, what I usually do is try and do a bit of writing every day, but most of the time, what I write is never the next part of the story. I have gotten the Beginning and end done on my story, but I am still working on the middle area, the "Filler space" as I call it.

When I just cant write due to bordem, or a simple lack of energy even, I tend to just listen to the music that has given me the inspiration for that section of story. I will listen to songs from Dream theater about 10 or 12 times, just listening to it and replaying the movie in my mind, the movie that will be writen, which is my story.

Our minds are amazingly powerful and they can show us the strangest images. I use those images to do my writing. It's better than TV for me. Maybe that helps, but that is just what I do
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Post by fanworker5 » Fri Dec 01, 2006 12:49 am

What I always do is take a bike ride; that always helps me think. Also, those are all great ideas for curing writer's block! Like several people have already said, this information will come in handy.
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