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Writer's block is something that has been plaguing authors and aspiring authors for many years. Most say that it takes them a long time to get over it while others are over it quickly. For most, writer's block means that they can't get their ideas out on paper. They know where they are going with their story, but they can't figure out how to get there. There are many different things you can do to get over and even prevent writer's block.

Set Time

Have a specific time set up each day for writing. It could be an hour a day (two hours on weekends!) or fifteen minutes. It can be first thing in the morning or right after dinner. The point is, make a schedule and stick with it. This will not only lead to more output, it will also lead to better writing. You don't have to focus strictly on your story during that time. Change it up. Spend two or three days a week on your story and add some other things in on the other days.

Free writing

Free writing is a great technique to help keep ideas flowing. Take 10-20 minutes each day to spend free writing. What this means is put you pen or pencil on paper and write for the entire length of time. Don't worry about spelling, grammar or the way it flows, just keep writing. It will help if you write something that is similar to what you are working on since your free writing can become raw material for things later in your story.

Writing exercises

Writing exercises are a good way to expand your knowledge of writing and make you a much better writer and there are many different exercises. If you're feeling frustrated with your characters why not open up a new word document or get a new piece of paper and write about them doing things they wouldn't normally do? If you have a tough guy character, write about him dancing in a tutu while singing 'I Feel Pretty.' If you have a group of adventurers in the medieval times, write about them coming to the modern world. If you have a vampire that doesn't drink human blood, write about him/her slaughtering the entire town. If you have a school girl who always does everything she's told, write about her sneaking out of her house and going to a rave. You get the point.

Still not working for you? Why not try writing from prompts? Spend a few minutes and find some writing prompts on the internet and start writing based on the prompt. Remember that you don't have to stick strictly to the prompt, it's always nice to branch out and do things totally different. Think of the prompt as a starting point. Your prompt doesn't even have to be word based. Go to tumblr and find a photo that inspires you and write a short story based on it.

Re-imagining

The greatest stories in history are revised and retold over and over again. Choose a classic legend or fairy tale and re-imagine it. Write an outline or draft the whole story!

Switch it up!

Do you normally write with a pen and paper or type on the computer? Well, change it up! If you normally write with a pen and paper why not try typing your story? If you normally type your story then grab a pen and some paper and start writing. Sometimes the simple action of changing your medium can get your brain working. This happens because you're doing it differently. You're trying something your brain isn't used to and it wants to think for you!

Observation Station

Get out of your own head. Grab your notebook or journal and head to a heavily populated area. Park yourself on a bench or in a comfy café booth and do a little people watching. Record your observations and brainstorm ways you can use observation to influence and empower your writing.


There are many different ways of getting over writer's block you just have to find the one that works for you.
Another essay I wanted to share :) Hope you like it!

Want tips for Creative Writing? Here's my other essay: [link]
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jackytomy Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member
I guess this blog is perfectly incomparable. write my essay for me
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love-the-name-lily Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
thanks for the sharing :)
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BellatrixLestrange13 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Student General Artist
You're welcome! Thanks for faving!! :D
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love-the-name-lily Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
your very welcome. I will defenly uses some of your tips sometimes :) :cuddle:
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BellatrixLestrange13 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Glad to help :) :hug:
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Orcha3000 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thanks!! i love to write!! this essay was actually interesting for once!
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BellatrixLestrange13 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Student General Artist
:) Glad you like it and hope it helps you!!
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Catbot158 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Student Writer
YES, I AM NOT ALONE!!! I suffer from writer's block, like, every 10 seconds! :explosion: Thanks, I'll try some of these out!
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BellatrixLestrange13 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Nope, you're not alone :) I have writer's block ALL of the time!!
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popov89 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Some of the best advice I've ever received for writing is to just write and don't stop. Getting that, quote, shitty first draft out of the way is the most important thing you can do and, well, plan out what you're going to write.
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