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“Writer’s block, or any other kind of creativity drain, can be discouraging and depressing, especially if coming up with ideas and new solutions to problems is what you do every day. Playwright and screenwriter Megan Cohen has a method to beat writer’s block and reclaim her creativity: embrace your bad ideas and let them lead to good ones. Here’s what she means.
She notes that when you feel like the well is running dry on good ideas, it’s time to sit down and just start brainstorming. Brainstorming alone isn’t enough though—after all, if you’re short on ideas, brainstorming isn’t going to turn up much. She suggests you break down those internal walls where you gauge each idea for worthiness before you write it down. Write down the awful ones and see where they take you……”
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"Do you ever get writer’s block? Of course you do. We all do. At least, I think we all do. Besides, telling myself that makes me feel a little better about my own writer’s block. Misery likes company, after all.
So, what do you do about writer’s block? How do you smash the over-sized behemoth to smithereens?
First, I created a space in my house called “The Internet Dead Zone,” because the truth of the matter is, much of my writer’s block is due to being distracted by the Internet. This new room (a spare bedroom, really) was not truly an “Internet Dead Zone.” But I figured with my creative mind, I could pretend and stay off the Internet while in that room. I was so determined to get beyond my fascination with social networking that I wrote a blog about my new “Dead Zone” called “Flooded With Moonlight.” I announced my plans to banish myself to “the zone” for two hours a day, away from my very important social networking responsibilities, to hopefully do what a writer is REALLY supposed to be doing — write.
That worked for about three days…..”
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"I was sitting at my computer the other day, trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my current work in progress. I was facing a horrific case of writer’s block. I didn’t know what was going to come next. Usually I do, or at least my fingers do, even if my brain hasn’t quite caught up yet (that’s how it feels sometimes).
Nothing I was doing was working, and the only thing I could think of to do was to rewrite my last chapter. I didn’t really want to, but I wanted to write for another hour or so, since I knew I wasn’t going to get another chance in the next couple of days. How was I supposed to write for another hour when I had no idea what to write?
I’ve investigated a lot of techniques, listened to how other people handle writer’s block, and tried many things over the years, usually to some degree of success. Nothing was appealing to me that day, though. I wasn’t in the mood to go play solitaire or other mindless games on my iPhone, I didn’t want to brainstorm or doodle, I didn’t want to go do something else and take away from the time I had scheduled to write. I was stuck…..”
Source: Harvey Ardman
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"Writer’s block can take several different forms. The most common is paralysis at the keyboard. You sit, fingers poised, and practically nothing happens. For days or even weeks at a time.
But writer’s block can present in other ways. For some people, it is the inability to force yourself to sit down at the computer. Everything else—anything else—seems more important. You can always find a reason not to write.
Writer’s block can also show up in conversation. It presents as a pathetic eagerness to discuss your book with anyone willing to listen, whether or not your audience has asked to hear about it. This is often a substitute for writing.
The fourth most common form of writer’s block is devilishly deceptive. You have no trouble putting words on paper. You turn out page after page of grammatically correct sentences and paragraphs. But when you look at it the next morning, you can see it is nothing more than lifeless, unimaginative babbling—drivel, to use the technical term.
(This, by the way, is how I experience writer’s block. It is not fun.)
Writers’ blogs often talk about this debilitating literary malady. They often suggest solutions. Among the most common: taking a break, going for a walk, eating—or drinking—something, exercising, taking a nap. Etc…..”
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“Here’s the deal. Everywhere I go people ask me the same question, “What are you doing here?” I should probably stop showing up at random homes unannounced.
Here’s another deal. People often ask me, “How do you write so prolifically?” Well, after I introduce myself and explain why I’m at their house, I tell them that it’s easy to write when you know that you have literally twos of adoring fans. As my dear Uncle Bobo used to tell me when I was just a tot, “Makya, if you can make just two people laugh, you’re successful.” Of course, years later we realized that my uncle had no idea what the word “successful” meant…he was also commonly confused by “corduroy,” “enamel,” and “marshmallow.” Sweet guy though.
But I guess my point is – writer’s block doesn’t exist.
Writer’s block is something that authors made up to allow themselves to avoid writing. If one wants to write, one can write. There’s no inspiration levee in our brains that can stop us. Writing is easy. (Writing well, that’s another issue)…..”