Writer's Block

United States
November 21, 2007 2:05pm CST
I try to come up with a story but it seems that the ideas aren't coming together. How do you get through it and what do you use when writing up a story or poem? Do you take events that happen in your life and make it into a fictional story? It just gets annoying and I want to actually write a book but the problem is the ideas just don't come to me in full circle. What's the best way to actually complete it? Do you write the ending 1st and then the middele, then finally the beginning? I might just try to watch more of a play and see how it turns out and make that my 1st one and see how it turns out. If it goes well, then great. If not, I hope I can correct it so that I can do better the next time. I'm not sure what to do right now on getting rid of it. It's not just story writing but even article writing as well. Sometimes I can't think of anything really good to talk about on there. Does that happen to you?
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11 responses
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
21 Nov 07
i think this happens to all writers at different times and everyone has their own way of combating it. as for me, i generally take a break, look at ebay or mylot and then in a few minutes i think of the word or phrase that i was looking for. dont be too hard on yourself, that only seems to make it worse!
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• United States
21 Nov 07
I shall try not to. I think I will rest and see what happens as suggested above. Good tips as well. Thanks for responding. I will probably be taking a break though and just take a breather and see what happens.
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@hhhxxccc (224)
• United States
21 Nov 07
Try taking a break from writing for a day or two. Come back and see, if you can come up with anything.
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• United States
21 Nov 07
Not a bad idea. I'll try to take some time to rest up and see if something can come up. I think I do need to rest though as perhaps it's a sign I should do that. Hopefully this tip will work out without trouble. Thanks.
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@kokopelli (4843)
• United States
21 Nov 07
i'm a mercurial writer, that's why when an idea or an urge strikes, i really need to sit down and write immediately, otherwise, the mood might not be there anymore and like you, i'd have an unfinish article glaring at me for weeks, hehe. i am often inspired by a thought or a feeling, and that gives me the 'plot' of my article. however, once i started it, i'd better finish it. you wouldn't believe how many articles i have with all beginnings, i'm even thinking of making a book out of it - "compilation of unended crap", lol!
@Zairo7 (78)
• Canada
21 Nov 07
I had this problem a lot when I was doing some of my writing courses in university. I found my solution was to read related literature and let the inspiration come. Of course, my writing consisted of short stories about personal/observed experiences, so I read other short stories related to what I happened to be writing about that night (a childhood experience.. an event in school... a character sketch, etc). I'm a big fan of really thinking things over before starting on it, perhaps even writing up a rough outline of events that will happen, how you imagine it to end. Naturally you don't have to stick with the outline and you can revise it as you go along.
• Italy
22 Nov 07
I start saying that I HATE writer's block. Damn, it's the worst thing ever for a writer. When I want to write something, it's always when i've got inspiration. I usually use life experiences to make the novel more realistic, and I go in order, writing first the beginning, than the middle and the end. If I feel like i can't write, I just stop for a while.
• United States
28 Nov 07
Thanks for the tip on that. I know what you mean on that. I haven't thought about a novel yet. I figured I'll start small and see how it goes. If things go well and it keeps expanding, it might turn into it without realizing it.
• Philippines
22 Nov 07
you might want to make a layout or an outline of your story... that way you'll be able to see the storyline of what you are doing... try putting events that happened in your life where you can relate your life without thinking too much of ideas.
• United States
28 Nov 07
Thanks. I'll see if that works out. I'm trying out some ideas on a project. It's more like a play-like format on what it would like. I thought about well I like classic games so what if I took something and try to run with it and see what happens. It's going to turn into an adventure. I'll have it set for 5 acts at the minimum at this time.
• United States
22 Nov 07
I write constantly. Maybe not always on paper, but in my head. I have learned to keep a notebook in my car, in my purse, by my bed, and just about everywhere else. If something strikes me that I should write about I will jot down the idea. Later, when I have more time, I will go back and read over my ideas and expand on them. I write about life, about my family, about illnesses within my family (not just immediate, but extended also) perhaps I have a friend having a hard time with something and I might write about that just not put in names. I got mad at my spam e-mail one day and in 5 minutes flat I had written a hilarious article that I was paid very well for...all because I was sick of the spam in my inbox. Step outside the box and stop concentrating on writing and look around you at what is going on. Is it funny? Is it scary? Is it sad, is it happy? Now, expand on that in your mind and jot down your ideas. Give yourself a break and stop trying so hard and the ideas will flow to you like a river! Don't be so hard on yourself! You can do this! The more ideas that come to me the more I write and they just flow. If they aren't flowing then I take a break. Perhaps for a few days even but I always come back to my writing.
• United States
28 Nov 07
That's what I'm doing. I'm taking a bit of a rest but I have a general idea on what I want to start out with for my 1st fictional story. It'll probably be done in a format that's like a play. Well, I'm gonna try it and see if it makes sense to me. Eventually, I'll type it out, print it, and see how it looks.
@thuynhu (663)
• United States
26 Nov 07
Wow I know what you mean, every writer has had their writer's block. I mean I do use things that have happened in my life or situations that our happening in the world today. There's so much going on in the world. And maybe you've always wanted something and never had it happened for you, you could simply write about your dreams.
@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
23 Nov 07
I get my ideas from dreams, and also from seeing something and getting an idea from that. You do not have to take a whole event, just part of it and change it around. For instance, I was in the Food Court once, and I heard two men talking business, and then I thought what if they were plotting a murder and one of them was a hit man? Also when you get mail, and instead of writing a story about having to go on a trip to see your aunt or whatever, you think about the mailman's shoes and you think what if there was a fire in a leather factory? So writing is looking at something and seeing something entirely different. You have to turn your imagination upside down.
@gwendovere (1283)
• United States
22 Nov 07
The thing that works for me is reading. I will keep reading until I am inspired to write something of my own. Plus, it helps to see what other people are writing & to compare it to yours. How can I write that well or better? What am I doing well? What can I do better?
@homelife (17)
• Philippines
22 Nov 07
Maybe you can try grab a copy of Stephen King's ON WRITING: MEMOIR OF THE CRAFT. He laid down the foundations for writing there. Atleast, how he write his stories, and that maybe other can do it too.