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Let me tell you something: ALL WRITERS, OR AT LEAST THE VAST MAJORITY, HAVE EXPERIENCED THIS. Don't worry. I've experienced this before. This is something many of us as writers face. But if you wait for inspiration, it will never come. You must give yourself inspiration. Waiting for it to happen is like getting a train to drive on water. Without tracks. Now, ...


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I understand the feeling. However, the way to write better is to critique. Write a full scene when you aren't inspired - force yourself to finish it. Then critique it - what is missing from the scene that is present in your inspired writing. What is the fundamental difference between the two types of writing? If you can isolate those points and then work on ...


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As somebody who has lots of story ideas but really struggles to get them written to completion, I can personally relate to this, and I would love to offer some advice that helped me to get through this problem. Hopefully it will help you too! What happened to me Over the past few months, I've been writing a cyberpunk detective story. It's a new genre venture ...


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Are you absolutely certain that your writing is bad when you're not inspired? Or is this just what it feels like to you at the time? For me personally, the best writing advice I ever heard (although I've sadly forgotten the source) was from a published author who said this: although he himself could tell the difference between the parts of the story he ...


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Two things come to mind. 1. Try to figure out what time of the year you have periods of high creativity. If you have consistent trouble coming up with ideas in spite of all other factors remaining the same, you could have a form of Seasonal Affective Disorder or something similar. The tendency for some people to get depressed in the winter is well known, ...


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Every block of stone has a statue inside it, and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it. — Michelangelo Buonarroti There is a convincing, exciting, captivating story that you are carving from blank paper with your plans and words. If you are not in the mood for working on some of the finest part of your story, you can go somewhere else and ...


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I've suffered something similar, though not exactly same situation. My suggestion is that you make a simple excel sheet and daily record how many words you wrote and how many pages you read that day. Add a row every day. It doesn't matter if you only read few sentences or your mind wasn't concentrated during reading time. Just record the numbers and make a ...


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So who is this Grace person? What is she stealing... a tin of beans or a mink coat? And, more important... why is she stealing it? I like to think I 'know' my characters... who they are and what they would do in any particular situation (though they do occasionally surprise me!) Think of twenty questions about her: what does she like to eat, what music ...


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The other responses give wonderful advice that alleviate the symptoms. I find the root cause for my own block is perfectionism. Becoming enveloped in the world I’m trying to portray, writing as many details as possible, mentally watching the characters, describing their inner worlds etc. Over months, it feels as if this is a part of me. When I give it to ...


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Sciborg's excellent answer tells the truth plain and simple. I'd like to add a few psychological tricks to make the process hurt a little less. If you are a parent to a young child or know someone who is, you might have noticed young children can and will rewatch the same episode of the same show over and over again. Why? Because their brains are still ...


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I've experienced something very similar, in fact I still have it. But I have gotten to the point where I can read again and/or write. I just still have depression. It's hard, but if it goes on long enough, it will either get worse or get better. What I would suggest, though, is maybe not try to defeat your depression, but find a way around it. That's what I ...


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To be perfectly honest with you, take a step back from the story and write something else - even if it's a three of four page scene of another story you have envisioned. In my case, it helps.


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