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Questions tagged [writers-block]

This tag should be used for questions about writer's block, a condition where you can't produce anything new anymore or it takes you significantly more effort to produce something of lower quality than you could previously produce.

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How to change gears with changing technology?

My tablet/notepad recently died. I can't afford a new one. So I basically have to use my phone to write, which I'm not comfortable with. I now have writer's block because I don't enjoy writing on ...
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How do I finish my stories although I have both ideas and titles for them?

Almost every day I come up with new titles and rough ideas for new books to write. I e-mail them to myself, happy and longing to write them down. I have published two books, and I know I can write. ...
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How to escape writers block [duplicate]

I've written things for an audience before, but I've never written a small novel like I currently am planning. I haven't wrote anything since maybe December of last year so I am very rusty on my ...
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Overcoming “Possibility Paralysis”?

I don't often experience writer's block these days. Instead I struggle with a different sort of impediment in my writing: I call it Possibility Paralysis. I have to quickly acknowledge that this is ...
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Advice for a “Gift of Words” [closed]

So we have a friend, having a milestone birthday, and his wife requested that we provide a gift of words. This friend is about the age of my children, and a creative type person. The trouble is ...
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How to think of a good beginning?

I've been thinking about my story for a while now and the problem I've run into is that I'm not sure how to start it. It isn't that I can't think of how to start it, I actually have a million ideas ...
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On what basis can existing writings be analyzed? [closed]

On what basis can I analyze the piece of writing? Like, what are the things that tells me writers state of mind, or certain effects that a writer has tried to create for a purpose or why has the ...
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My views on the central theme of my book have changed - how do I bring in that nuance?

I've been working on a fantasy story that explores the creation and evolution of religion. But I'm struggling with what I'm fundamentally trying to say regarding religion. When I first began, I was ...
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Writer's Block Help [duplicate]

I am in the middle of writing a book but I have serious writer's block any tips on how to combat this? I am only able to write poetry but it isn't as deep and meaningful as it used to be.
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Fiction Writing - has it all been done before?

It's a simple fact the there are more fiction books in existence now than one person could possibly read in a lifetime. Add to this the supposition that all plots, themes and genres have been ...
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Dealing with inability to sustain interest in an idea

I frequently have the problem of starting a story with an idea—either one recently conceived or one held in mind for months, even years—only to find it bland or boring after a day or so and abandoning ...
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The psychology of starting a piece of writing

I have a problem when it comes to writing (blog posts, stories and novels). It might just be me, but maybe other people have experienced it too? When I come to start writing, my ideas before I sit ...
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I feel suddenly disconnected from my writing. Time for a break?

I’ve been working on a first draft of a project since January and have been steadily working on it for hours a day every day since then. Basically spending all of my free time on the project. Now ...
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How to fill in the outline for “book 2” of my series?

I finished up "Book 1" of my series, and it was very much a fly-by-the-seam-of-my-pants type of writing. I let the plot develop as I wrote, in other words. And it did. I had to reread/rewrite it a lot ...
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How can you make “evil vs evil” interesting? [closed]

Let's say you have two sides who are basically no better than the other. Both are criminals with no redeeming qualities, and both are at war. Think COBRA and HYDRA going to war. They both have plans ...
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Is there a word or a sets of words that describe a persons beautiful dead face?

Imagine you're a protagonist in a story and you find a dead body, you go up to the corpse and find it's bloody face to be beautiful. How would you describe the corpse's face? Is there a specific word ...
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Writer's Block For Years…?

I just kind of stumbled upon this site but I would love some help from anyone... All my life I have loved to write. As a kid and teenager it was my favorite pastime, and I was always planning for a ...
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Why do I feel this about using the computer to write?

Whenever I open up a word processor on the computer to write, my fingers freeze and I get nervous. I try to type the opening. I make myself write any sentence that comes into my mind, and then I read ...
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Many ideas, life catching up with me, no time to write [duplicate]

I have a really good idea for a short story, and I'm in the process of writing a novel. But I'm also a Junior in high school, which inevitably means - responsibilities. I have so much of those that ...
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Writer's Block? Or something else?

I used to be able to write spontaneously. What I mean to say is that I would get this feelings in my stomach, usually during bouts of anxiety and I'd put pen to paper and rarely be disappointed with ...
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How to organize your ideas, how to keep reasonable when writing

I tried to write about specific subject but i had a problem which is: I always lose concentration and forget some important things to write. Sometimes, a secondary idea comes to my mind and made me ...
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I want to start writing again: original project or new one?

To make a long story short, writing used to be a huge part of my life. I found a project that I loved and was dedicated to making it a published novel. Several beta readers reviewed later drafts and ...
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Wrote myself into a paradox and now demotivated - how to resolve?

I'm a casual writer at best and tend to write in fits and starts when motivation hits. I tend to lack resolve and this leads to writer's block. I've been off-and-on writing a series of little ...
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Not enough real world experience to write convincing situations?

I'm faced with a writing dilemma where every real life situation I've tried to write feels forced/inaccurate. I'm a fairly young person and I don't have a large amount of experience regarding offices, ...
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How to Write About Uncomfortable Subjects?

I'm thinking about revisiting an old project of mine that's always given me trouble, thinking that I can finish it this time since I've grown as a writer since I last tried to work on it. The thing ...
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Getting out of writers' block?

How do I cure this? It's driving me crazy. I keep thinking of ideas to write but I either am too lazy to put it to paper or forget it and then randomly remember a few days later. I'M TOO YOUNG FOR ...
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How to kill a writer's block? [duplicate]

It's been a year now since I have this. I can't write and think. Any suggestions, advice and tips?
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What should I do when I'm bored of my story but don't want to throw it away?

So I recently started writing a book and decided that I should plan first because in the past while writing I lost the point of the story and lost interest in writing that particular project. But ...
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Need feedback on my novels character set up [closed]

Hello everyone who reads this, but I need a little help. I am writing a fantasy novel and I was just wondering how readers feel about following the main character alone for like 70% of the story. ...
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I need fake country names for my story [closed]

I have a bad case of writer's block, and I need some realistic-sounding country names for my story. Nothing too "exotic" or hard to pronounce, please. Thank you!
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What happens when I get bored of a story I'm writing?

I have several stories on hold because either I am not able to post them at the time, or they are incomplete and do not plan to finish them anytime soon. When it comes to the second scenario, what do ...
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How do I gather enough material to write a close reading essay?

I always seem to struggle with finding enough information to write a 1500 word close reading essay, and it feels like I stretch my ideas so thin that my essay quality becomes poor. While only ...
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How to generate thesis or a question out of a quote/quotes? [closed]

In an effort to overcome my writer's block, I've come up with an exercise, which I've pieced together from all the material I've read on dealing with writer's block. However, now I am struggling with ...
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Any suggestions for a new writer?

I am in no way a writer. It's something I've always wanted to do, but could never build up the courage to actually start. Every time I think about writing, I think about the end result and how I am ...
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As a writer, should I be upset because I couldn't think of an idea?

I've just been struggling recently with this doubt that I could never think of ideas I've seen written on my own. If that sounds confusing to you, you aren't the only one. Of course, I could sit ...
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The pain of starting to write

I've planned out a good deal of the plot. I know what I want each character to be, their names, and what will become of them in the end. I've internally reasoned how the lore works. But I can't ...
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Writer's Block: How to Stop World-building and Start Writing?

This is a question that doesn't directly apply to me, though I can easily see myself having this problem. I thought I'd run writer's block for a loop and find the answer before the problem arose. :) ...
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I have this story all planned out, why can't I write it? [duplicate]

I have written out two full manuscripts for this story. They are completed. Then I met the actress that the lead character was inspired by. She likes the character she mentions to me if I write it as ...
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The “destroy a day's work every nth day” method of improving one's writing - sensible?

Consider the following technique for improving one's writing: at the end of every nth day, rip up all your work for that day and destroy it when you replace it, try to do something better, whether in ...
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Where do you do your writing? [closed]

Do you do find you have a best place to do your writing? In the movies, writers seem to live and work in places with beautiful homes (lighthouses, windmills...) overlooking a valley or the sea. I've ...
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How do I work through writer's block?

I wrote 3 chapters. I can't think of something to write to connect what I have already written to ideas I have for later on.
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I'm unable to figure out the logical solution to a problem; how do I keep writing?

I'm outlining the plot for a scifi screenplay. I have the main characters, premise, the first half of the story, and the climax thought out. I don't want to bore you with details, but the story ...
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How to write an elevator speech for MYSELF?

"Write an elevator speech for prospective employers" is an action-item that's dogged me for weeks. Perhaps this is the place to reach out and admit-- I've got a bad case of writer's block on this. ...
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Getting past a dead end

I've been working on a screenplay for a while now. But I seem to have reached quite the dead end. My question is, what do you guys do, to get past a sticking point. Especially when you don't want to ...
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Writers block: Lost momentum, can't write even a sentence

I've been writing a story for almost half a year. I worked on it almost every day because I really like doing it, but now that I have been away for a month on a vacation I can't seem to write a single ...
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Paraphrasing this part

I want to paraphrase a sentence (as opposed to quoting), but I can not seem get any words in my mind for this part. What methods can I use to find ideas and methods for rephrasing well written ...
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Developing your writer's voice

I'm a relatively new writer and sometimes I feel like my writing is too bland and that I'm struggling to develop my writer's voice. Does anyone have any good tips? Thanks
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When using freewriting, should I avoid correcting typos?

My university recommends Freewriting to all its postgraduate students as a daily exercises to help overcome writer's block. I tend to make terrible typos, possibly related to my disgraphia. missing ...
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Stuck at outlining a script

I have an idea, and it seemed like I had a somewhat clear understanding of the story, it's theme and most of the major plot points, but no matter how long I sit there and how drastically I tweak the ...
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Writing Style Changed [closed]

After the death of my cousin I have stopped writing for quite some time. However the stories ideas would persist in my mind. So I decided to try and write again, but whatever ideas I have. Turn into ...