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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The Dread of Planning a Timeline

I'm working on the second draft of a novel series, and I already have 800 pages written. After re-evaluating the characters and most of their arcs, I've started planning a timeline for each book in ...
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How can I keep writing even when it makes me feel uncomfortable?

I'm an entrepreneur writing a description about how my business got started. The target audience is my customers. Writing the 1st draft is easy for me, I just write down my thoughts without worrying ...
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Advice on writing a book on travelling when I have never travelled before

I am writing a book about travelling. However, I have never travelled abroad before and currently, in my situation, cannot. I feel a little discouraged on all the backlash I could receive on cultural ...
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Stuck...Stuck and stuck how do I overcome it? [duplicate]

I've been writing since I was little but despite the idea I've had for over a year I still haven't completed it. I'm feeling stuck but I know I have something to say with my writing. Someone on a ...
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How Do I Overcome Writing "Scrupulosity" When Editing?

When writing, I notice that I have this tendency where everything has to be 100% perfect. At first, I thought that this was no big deal and just a desire for perfection. However, today, while writing, ...
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How can I make my book longer without it feeling like padding, while also not significantly changing the plot?

I'm writing the first draft of my first book. Lately, I have been working hard on it and reached about the 40k mark. At this point, I believe the main character arcs and main story events are done, ...
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How can I write GOOD work consistently?

For the first time in a while, I have made quite a bit of progress in writing my book. For the last two weeks or so, I have forced myself to try and write at least 2,000 words a day, regardless of how ...
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How do I get my writing to be more thrilling?

I started writing not too long ago, but I've been struggling to actually make the readers get into the reading. I've been told that my writings are too "straightforward" or "too direct&...
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How do I write a story about forbidden love? [closed]

I have two characters, a boy named Kai and a girl named Raya. They also are stuck in a love triangle with another boy named Alejandro but Kai and Raya aren't allowed to be lovers. Raya and Alejandro ...
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How do I stop "writer's forgetfulness"?

I am just beginning my journey into writing short stories. When I have an idea, I can't get it on paper. Like, that feeling when you have this amazing story idea that you just need to get out, but ...
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I need more obstacles for my characters to reach the goal. Any ideas? [closed]

I have a group of characters hunting for a precious item. I want my characters to have problems reaching the item, problems that come in the way before they can get to it. I can give an example. ...
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How to advance a plot whose conflict is the social quirks of the unbalanced protagonist?

I am a beginning creative writer seeking advice. I am not asking for people to write my story for me; I have a story idea where the conflict revolves around the unbalanced protagonist's social ...
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How to push through your inner critic

I'm a real perfectionist and the cringe I often feel at what I write is quite strong and distracting. It's taking the enjoyment out of writing and I'm finding it hard to avoid focusing on how bad my ...
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How to write a character going insane

I am writing a short story for homework. The story is about a writer who has to write a narrative for a book fair she'll be attending as an honorary guest, but she can't come up with any ideas. In a ...
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How do I end my book?

I'm so close to finishing my first book, but I'm having so much trouble coming up with a conclusion. I know what needs to happen, but I just can't seem to finish it. I'm not sure if it's writer's ...
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What Test of Intelligence can an Emperor use to decide his successor among his three daughter heirs? [closed]

So, I'm writing a piece of fiction where there is a King with three daughters. In order to decide who becomes the next Queen, he sets three trials. Trials of Heart, Mind and Might. I'm done with the ...
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How would one on into detail about fighting with a wolf?

Ok, I'm trying to write a book but I lack in going into detail when it comes to fighting scenes. (I'm working on that) Now I would just skip this and come back to it at a later date but I can't this ...
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Writer's Block Over a New Draft

A while back, I finished my first draft and decided to make huge changes in the protagonist. I went back to replanning the entire story I have been familiar with for two years. How I plan the plot ...
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How to create a scene for a dialogue?

Everybody knows how an important part of writing is the ability to compose proper dialogue. I've even heard that publishers tend to jump to the first conversation in a received draft and see if it ...
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How to write good dialogue?

I'm having difficulties in writing conversations between characters, especially if they are many of them. How can I write good dialogue?
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How to deal with the feeling of repetition as the wordcount grows?

First of all: English is not my first language so sorry for the spelling/grammar. Most of my previous published writing has been for comic books. Something I have noticed as my wordcount grows now ...
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How to deal with fears of author mortality when writing?

I have a story that I have been working on on and off since 2011. It's a plot idea that I really find interesting and it really means a lot to me. I also struggle a lot with treatment-resistant ...
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How to write an audible arguing scene?

I don't know if my question is clear enough to understand, but here is what I mean: I have a blind character who hears his parents arguing with each other. With him being blind, I think there would be ...
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Best ways to start a chapter

I've been suffering from writer's block lately and I can't think about someway to start my new chapter...I can't even figure out whether the problem is a lack of ideas or writing skills or... Any help!...
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What should I do in this situation?

I get most of my ideas for my novels by watching anime, or listening to the anime op or just music - the idea doesn't always be related to anime but it gives me an idea and with music and anime op, I ...
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Should I drop my chapter because I don't like it?

I'm writing a chapter where my character is having an educational competition and I feel that my writing is very poor. I can't find events to write about aside from asking and answering questions of ...
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What to do when you don't know what to write anymore? [duplicate]

About 10,000 words written in the book, I'm out of creativity to write the rest. If I were to write the last chapters, I would write without concern, but the medium is "cloudy" What to do? ...
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How To Avoid Burnout [duplicate]

One of the main issues I've had when writing is burnout. I get really invested in a deep story and work on it for months, milking every second. However, the issue with this is, after a few months I ...
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How should I even start the publishing process at a young age?

So I am currently writing a book, I have recently had a lot of writers block and don't know how I want my story to reach it's big ending. But also within this problem when I do have my book ready I ...
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How can I add more characters into my story?

I'm writing this YA Fantasy novel and I've already summarized the whole story and ending, but I really want to add more characters to it. I Have two main characters dealing with two main events in the ...
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Stuck with writer's block; how can my young protagonist overcome depression due to sudden loss of sight? [closed]

I'm writing a short story in which my protagonist is a little boy. An unexpected event happens and makes his life upside down which is blindness. This latter causes him depression and now I don't know ...
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Terminology: writer's block

Does the term "writer's block" refer to the condition in which the author not having anything to write, or has the material but unable to put it in words in the way he wants; or both?
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What to do when you hit writers block

I’ve recently been writing my book when I got stuck. I think it’s safe to say that this has happened to everyone. This has happened a few times in the certain book I am writing, and I’ve noticed it is ...
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Dealing with writer's block

Although I'm not that convinced with this idea but I'd like to take your advise. Can it be a good idea to skip a chapter when having writer's block?
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Creating a unique spin on a nuclear apocalypse?

Basically, my story follows a group of 6 people (and 1 mutant human) exploring a barren wasteland of what used to be the USA. The world they inhabit was created through a nuclear war, that led to a ...
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How do I write less like a screenplay?

I've come to notice I have a very specific manner of writing. Specifically, I've noticed that while I'm writing a book, I tend to pace and set up things more like I'm writing a screenplay than a novel....
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Not wanting to "spoil" a story due to lack of skill

I have a story that is dear to me and that I would very much want to write about. However, I don't have lots of experience in writing so I'm afraid if I do try to write it, it won't be as good "...
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How do you get feedback when sharing your ideas makes you not want to write?

I have a problem in that if I ever tell people about my story ideas, I lose motivation and eventually stop working on them. If I do not tell them I feel like I have pressure to get the story "out ...
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I love the world and characters I've created for my story, but I dislike the plot. How can I proceed?

I've spent several years periodically writing and developing a high fantasy story I mean to turn into a book, or even a series depending on how much material I write. However, lately, I've realized I ...
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Enjoying my writing vs. maintaining writing habit

How do I resolve the conflict between: Being interested in what I write about Ignoring my inner critic, pushing past writer's block, starting writing, maintaining a writing habit, etc. When I find ...
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Creative evolution of the craft of writing [closed]

What according to your understanding liberates a writer from the constraints of a restricted imagination and a restrained style arising out of naïve reverence and limited cognizance of the aesthetics, ...
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I can't write without an inspiration

I've been writing a book for almost a year now. But it takes so long because I have to wait for "inspiration". Sometimes I will get an idea that makes me excited and want to write. Mostly it's a ...
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How to keep yourself from writing the same story?

I've been planning out the same story and revising it over and over since I was a child (that makes it 10 years now) and finally after so long I'm happy enough with it to consider finally writing the ...
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How do you deal with burnout? How do you break through writer's block?

I've been working on a book for about four years now. Every time I reach the middle, I get stuck and I go back and edit and rewrite everything. I've probably rewritten the whole thing at least seven ...
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Will I use "the" in that instance or leave it with no article? [closed]

If I'm given a choice, to put "the" or leave the word with no article, what's the better answer? The world helps in boosting young confidence. The world helps in boosting the young confidence. Thank ...
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How to write a good eulogy

I'm writing a book centred on loss and heartbreak and I keep getting stuck at a point where the main character has to give an eulogy at a funeral. I'm hoping I can get some help or tips maybe? Thanks
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I keep rewriting the same section of my story. How do I move forward?

I have a story I want to write and I have the scenes in my head. Because of this, I keep judging and rewriting the first part because I'm never satisfied with it. How do I get over this perfectionism ...
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Outlining the climax made me lose interest in writing the actual story

I am a discovery writer. I wrote more than 50% of my first novel's first draft. I got really confuse about some aspects of writing, so I took a break and analysed my plot. I've started developing my ...
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As a discovery writer, how do I complete an unfinished novel (which has highly diverged from the original plot ) after a time-gap?

I am a reader more than a writer, and fantasy is my favorite genre. I used to write short stories and poems. Some of them are published in magazines and get good reviews. In 2018 January, I read the ...
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Motivation - or how can I get myself to do the work I know I need to?

There is worldbuilding and/or writing that I know I need to do, and even want to do on some level, but I keep not doing it. I don't have what I think of as traditional writers block, because I'm not ...
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