Running dry anyone?

@ptrnow (57)
October 10, 2007 8:04pm CST
I have written since I was fourteen and find that I can only work on the same piece for a while before I run dry, and I mean I love to write, but I need to come up with a solution or my stories will never reach my audience? HELP! Any solutions? r.
5 responses
@dani27 (545)
• United States
22 Oct 07
I am the same. I have a lot of other hobbies besides just writing. I find that sometimes I need to get my mind off writing for awhile, take a break. But whatever I am writing about I like to go somewhere that relates to the story to get inspiration. NOt necessarily write there. For example I am writing a story about my grandparents and how they met, got engaged and then he was sent off to war for 4 years, 7 days after returning they were married. They have now been married for 62 years and I am writing their love story, their experiences apart. I like to drive to the park he proposed to her at and the places they would be on dates. Good luck.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
19 Oct 07
well i dont write novels for that reason...the stuff i write for them seems lame to me and i get stuck...i have about 5 books in the works at the moment...i think i will stick to non fic writing (where i seem to be doing ok and have sold quite a bit...i have also written a non fiction book!!) that seems to be my fortay!
@mistcat (29)
• United States
14 Oct 07
I've had this problem as well. The only solution I found was to write an overview or outline what I wanted to happen in the story. The idea is that the outline works like a roadmap, giving a rough idea of where the story goes and how it will get there. And when I say outline, I don't necessarily mean the formal structure taught in English class. I've used flowcharts, storyboards and other planning techniques to figure out where my stories are going or where I want them to go. I hope this helps you out.
@patgalca (14664)
• Orangeville, Ontario
11 Oct 07
I get ideas from all sorts of places. I have a book of writing prompts, there are websites with writing prompts, news stories and reading other people's books help give me ideas. Sit in a coffee shop and watch people, eavesdrop on conversations. You could glean a good idea for a story just from listening to other people talk about their life. My current novel was written almost entirely from writing prompts. I just found one little writing something I could work a story with and then kept it in mind when other prompts were given to me. I stayed focused on the story. Now that I am in the sixth edit I am losing momentum and really need something to keep me at it. I have another story I wrote that needs a major overhaul but I hate to work on more than one at a time so it will have to wait until this one is done. Good luck!
• United States
11 Oct 07
I write too and have this problem all the time. Dont stay awake trying to come up with ideas- the more tired you are, the more frustrated you get. Try listening to some music. That sometimes helps me. I like to listen to music that has something to do with my writing. If its a love story- listen to love music. Just get away for a while. Go out! I hope this helps!