Speaking personally, you can have my gun, but you’ll take my book when you pry my cold, dead fingers off of the binding.
Friday Writing Prompt
I always hated being alone here after dark. Tonight I was right to be worried.
Beating Writer’s Block
Everyone has their own ways of beating writer’s block, and different things work for different people. Here’s a few suggestions to try:
- Re-read what you’ve written, highlight your favourite parts to rediscover your excitement for the story.
- Edit the opening paragraph.
- Cut the opening paragraph.
- Do ten minutes of free writing.
- Write a blog post about how to beat writer’s block.
- Do some housework.
- Go for a walk.
- Read a book.
- Do some exercise.
- Have a cup of coffee and some cake.
- Listen to music.
- Write your main character’s journal.
- Write something totally different.
- Write your book’s blurb.
- Edit a photo of yourself to look like a zombie.
- People watch.
- Wash your hair.
- Buy yourself a new notebook.
- Write something to throw away.
- Write the stupidest story you can think of.
- Write poetry.
- Write a song.
- Draw a picture.
- Make something creative.
- Upcycle an old piece of clothing/furniture.
- Tie yourself to your desk and just push on through it.
- Allow yourself to suck.
- Write character outlines.
- Flesh out your plotting notes.
- Write the ending.
Anyone else got other suggestions that work for them?
Worldbuilding: Landforms Word List
- mud flat
Q:I've haven't written for over a year. Every time I want to or feel like it, I talk myself out of it; 'I'll do it later' or 'I'm not in right mood to write' or 'my heart isn't in it'... How do you help yourself get that kick start to writing again? I miss it so much but can't bring myself to jump back into it!! :(
Try not to think so much. I know it’s easier said than done, but here are some tips;
- Put on your favourite movie, one you’ve seen a million times.
- Or put on an old tv show; don’t pressure yourself with silence.
- Grap a notebook and pen.
- Put pen to paper and write a word, any word.
- You can even start out with a doodle if you like.
- Don’t think about writing a story, just write anything.
- Write about the weather, what you had for breakfast, a dream you had, anything at all. Write something that means nothing.
- Write for five minutes, then leave it.
- Tomorrow, write for ten minutes.
- Increase it each day.
- I promise you, that sooner or later, a character, a story idea, a scene, something, will come to you and ask to be written.
- But don’t pressure yourself.
- You don’t need to write an entire novel on day one.
- Write snippets, write sketches, write things you’ll never finish.
- Don’t pressure yourself.
- Allow yourself to write rubbish.
- And in between the writing, read, read, read, read, read.
- Be brave. I know you can do it.
Convince yourself that you are working in clay, not marble, on paper not eternal bronze: Let that first sentence be as stupid as it wishes.
In 1963, a man in the Nevşehir Province of Turkey knocked down a wall of his home. Behind it, he discovered a mysterious room and soon discovered an intricate tunnel system with additional cave-like rooms.
Q:Hi, I'm in the middle of planning out the storyline of a story that I've been working on for nearly a year now. It's a fantasy story and I've planned out all the major events and things I want to happen, the only problem is that I've worked out that the story is going to be too and I won't be able to develop the characters and their relationships with each other as properly as I would like. Do you have any advice on how I could fix this? Should I have some filler chapters? Thanks
Right now, you know your plot like the back of your hand - inside-out, upside-down, all-ways-round. Now you need to get to know your characters.
Complete some character questionnaires, write their family trees, write their journals, love letters, obituaries. Know them like you know yourself.
And don’t think of characters and relationships being included as filler chapters. The characters and relationships should be evident and revealed in every single scene, every sentence spoken, every action. If you know your characters, and let them lead the way through the plot, this will come surprisingly naturally. On the second draft, you can polish this up, add extra paragraphs or sentences to really let the characters shine.
Remember that any story is about characters living through a set of circumstances, not a set of circumstances that happen to have characters living through them.
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