Reposted as something that can be reblogged. ON WRITER’S BLOCK.

neil-gaiman:

I’ve seem to be hitting writer’s block far too often now. My grade in my creative writing class is suffering because i don’t turn in anything because i’m never really satisfied with anything i do. all my good ideas seem to turn into bad ones once i write it down. How do you get pass writers block?

You turn off your inner critic. You do not listen to your inner police force. You ignore the little voices that tell you that it’s all stupid, and you keep going.

Your grade isn’t suffering because your writing is bad, it’s suffering because you aren’t finishing things and handing them in. 

So, finish them and hand them in. Even if a story’s lousy, you’ll learn something from it that will be useful as a writer, even if it’s just “don’t do that again”.

You’re always going to be dissatisfied with what you write. That’s part of being human. In our heads, stories are perfect, flawless, glittering, magical. Then we start to put them down on paper, one unsatisfactory word at a time. And each time our inner critics tell us that it’s a rotten idea and we should abandon it.

If you’re going to write, ignore your inner critic, while you’re writing. Do whatever you can to finish. Know that anything can be fixed later.

Remember: you don’t have to brilliant when you start out. You just have to write. Every story you finish puts you closer to being a writer, and makes you a better writer.

Blaming “Writer’s Block” is wonderful. It removes any responsibility from the person with the “block”. It gives you something to blame, and it sounds fancy.

But it’s probably more honest to think of it as a combination of laziness, perfectionism and Getting Stuck. If you’re being lazy, don’t be. If you’re being a perfectionist, don’t be. And if you’re stuck, figure out where the story went off the rails, or what you got wrong, or where you need to go deeper, or what you need to add to make it work, and then start writing again.

I still talk about “blocks” but only as in, “It’s difficult to write right now.” The cure is usually some sort of writing fiber. Research really helped this time. A lot.

confessions-of-a-wannabenovelist:

Confession Submitted. 


It is terrifying. I wish you luck! Also, I hope you have a good support system. It really helps with some of the terror if you have people you can trust.

confessions-of-a-wannabenovelist:

Confession Submitted. 

It is terrifying. I wish you luck! Also, I hope you have a good support system. It really helps with some of the terror if you have people you can trust.

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I post this up because I thought it was some good advice. She is writing professionally though, so don’t be hard on yourself if you aren’t able to do 10,000 words a day. it really isn’t the number that’s the important part.

What I found interesting was her advice. It’s important to switch things up and test things out. I’m a certified pantser, but that doesn’t mean I won’t try outlining a scene before I write it. 

In the next year or so, I intend to find my love of writing again. It’s sort of become difficult lately, and I think that’s because I’m too focused on outside sources. I’m letting the internal editor use those sources as a way of derailing me from doing something that I absolutely love to do.

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For all my writer and artists friends. Very basic advice that is all so true.

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KristenLambTX: RT @jamesscottbell: The more you write the same way, the more difficult it is to get outside the box. Write 1 strange thing today. #MyWANA

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I chose to self publish.

I didn’t want to have to support a group of people dependant on my little story to make them money, to make it worth it. 

I wanted direct contact when the readers. I want to hear what they think. (I’m scared of hearing what they think too.) I want to touch people (in a very un-pervily way), I want to make them feel, but I don’t want to jerk them around. I want people to become engrossed in this story I told so that they have to hold their e-reader, phone, computer or book close. I want them to have to read to the end and be satisfied.

I hope that I can do that.

Okay, if you say so

warrenellis: If a writer ever says to you, “how about I write a book where the antagonist is hallucinating the whole time?” HIT THEM.

Ellis is apparently working on a new project.

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