Post by ratetankmark on Dec 23, 2013 9:02:00 GMT -5
I kind of write things just for fun on my DeviantART account (yes I have one of those) and there's been times when I've wanted to write something, I've written a few paragraphs and then decided that it didn't sound as good in written form as it did in my head so I just gave up.
Post by Platypus Mod, World's Finest on Dec 23, 2013 9:21:04 GMT -5
As on authority on being lazy....
No, it doesn't make you lazy. You are attempting to get something done it's just not coming together the way you want it to.
It happens to me all the time, one of the ways I get over it is I ask someone to be my editor and see if what I'm saying makes sense to someone else or if they have a better way of phrasing something I'm not entirely happy with.
Also if you aren't sure of a work instead of completely tearing it down wait a little while without thinking about it, and come back with fresh eyes on it.
Oh... and I also just got reminded of another trick a writer friend taught me to get over writer's block. "Go to the bathroom"
It is surprisingly effective...I forget his exact reasoning for it but it was something along the lines of you are alone in silence without hte presence of the monitor glow and it gives you time to clear your head and think.
When I'm not supposed to be working I'll see if I can dig up his exact phrasing.
The key is to just keep writing even if it veers from your intended story. Even the best writers write more crap than amazing stuff. If you keep writing you'll eventually get the seed of a good idea. What I've found is that you can't force writing, that particular idea is either there at that moment or it's not.
Post by Blindkarevik on Dec 23, 2013 12:53:50 GMT -5
See, my main difficulty in writing is actually starting. Once I get going, it just flows..... but if I ever walk away from it, it happens all over again where I just can't get back to the page. I have SO many unfinished stories that I WANT to finish, I just don't see it happening, honestly.
Basically it's a deal where I almost feel like I have to stock up on food, unplug the internet and just lock myself in a room for like.. two weeks, do nothing but eat, sleep, shit and write.
Post by riseofsetian1981 on Dec 23, 2013 15:35:27 GMT -5
Sadly yes, when I first started writing a lot of my poetry/lyrics just flowed easily. Of course it probably helped that during my first stages of writing I was battling a severe depression, which I felt created a lot of great stories and songs.
Recently I started writing this zombie acolaypse story and it was coming along quite nicely, once I started writing the sequel which started off very intense, horrific, and unique I eventually found myself hitting a creative block if you will. It's frustrating because you know how you want to write it and know what you want, however, putting it on paper or on a computer is completely different process.
In my head the story is finished I just need to get back to writing it.
"Just because it's in print doesn't make it the gospel."
Post by Red Impact on Dec 23, 2013 16:00:14 GMT -5
Ihit them fairly often, typically because I'm so exhausted from everything else (writing is a hobby of mine) that when I have free time I don't really want to do it. They're a natural stage of the writing process, what helps me through them is changing something up in my routine, like going to see a new movie and seeing if there are any ideas I might be able to incorporate or play around with. That sort of thing tends to get my mind more focused on the story.
I've come to find the best thing that's helped me through writers block is just to write through it. Otherwise I'll stay in the slump and never get out. And you can go back later and erase whatever you may find to be weak or flimsy writing. I always make myself write, at least a little a day, no matter what's going on.
Last Edit: Dec 24, 2013 2:54:39 GMT -5 by ayumidah
All the time. My issue has always been a weird version though. I can see the middle of a piece, but finding the open drives me nuts. It's the same whether it's a term paper, work of fiction, or analytical pop culture piece.
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