Writer's Block

@p1kef1sh (45642)
March 1, 2008 6:49am CST
I have been sitting in front of my computer for some time now with a fantastic first sentence, but that's all. During the night I thought of all sorts of things that could go with this sentence, but this morning they just seem like a disconnected pile of nothing. I have done the traditional things, taken some air, done some housework, a bit of shopping. Looked at my daughter as she and her friends sleep off last night's excesses; but nothing inspirational has happened. How do you resolve your Writer's Block. I need to get something down soon, my reviewer wants to see something soon, otherwise she'll go elsewhere and look at someone else's musings.
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18 responses
@klaudyou (501)
1 Mar 08
Nothing new to most of us who use to write down things from time to time. Just try to feel the meaning of the sentence and disset the thoughts in it; isolate the ideas and try to make a valuable thought for each sense may come out of it. Develop the main idea into other smaller, but argumentative. After you disseted the main thought into more parts, it would be easy to keep the relevant ones and erase the more distanced from the subject. You didn't share the sentence, so this answer is a more theoretical one...
@p1kef1sh (45642)
1 Mar 08
I am doing all that but nothing is flowing. But I am going to have a period of time on my own today when perhaps inspiration will strike. Thank you for your reply though. It has got me started thinking wise.
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@klaudyou (501)
1 Mar 08
Your case is one of brainstorming...so stop criticizing the ideas as they come...write them down quantitatively, and do the selection when you have enough to chose from!
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
1 Mar 08
Thank you. Now brainstorming is something that I can do. Great pointer.
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• Australia
1 Mar 08
Sometimes I search the internet for inspiring pictures or I'm a major history lover and that inspires me a lot. The most important thing is to picture the story in your head instead of the words. The words will usually come later. Use your imagination, that's what it's there for. I hope this helped a bit!
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
1 Mar 08
I know what you mean. You can edit as you go along. Getting something down in writing is the first hurdle.
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• Australia
1 Mar 08
Right, picture it in your head and write as it comes. You can always edit and improve it later. You don't have to get it right on the first try...
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• Singapore
1 Mar 08
Might it be that you are pushing yourself too hard? I find one trick to be that you tell yourself you want ideas for something XYZ but you don't over force. Just exert a gentle pressure and the idea will come. Or is your mind closed for some reason? Try to consider the topic from more than one angle. I quote: "Your mind is liek a parachute. It works best when it is open." Cheers! :D
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
1 Mar 08
To use a term that my daughter is fond of, I need to "chill". LOL. I am game for anything right now.
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• Singapore
1 Mar 08
Oh yea, chill it then. Grab a bucket of ice and stick your head inside... JUST KIDDING.:P
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@novataylor (6572)
• United States
1 Mar 08
p1kef1sh, love, I'm sure your reviewer will stick by your side through any little ole writer's block you might have. I can't imagine she's one to be so impatient and coldhearted as to go elsewhere and look at anyone else's musings. My advice would be to simply stop trying so hard, and just let myself ramble on with what's in my head. Your particular ramblings are quite entertaining, I have found, my dear, and I'm sure that if you just let go and let it go, you'd be typing your little fingers off in no time, with pearls and veritable diamonds of words, stringing off those keys with positively musical resonances. She can wait, I'm sure, for musings such as those, don't you think? I do. After all, some things are so well worth waiting for..........
@p1kef1sh (45642)
1 Mar 08
My reviewer is my nemesis. So different, but so much the same. I shall have to send her a PM and see what she makes of my start. Perhaps she will be kind and relieve me of this weight, or probably, demand more, until my force is spent. Thank you Nova, you always cheer me up.
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• United States
1 Mar 08
Cheering you is my pleasure, p1kef1sh. I will go to great lengths to do so, any time you need or want. It is there for the asking. Yes, good idea about that PM, I'm sure that might just do the trick, either to relieve you of your 'burden' or provide inspiration for a most creative tangle of words.
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@WC1989 (595)
• United States
1 Mar 08
If I really can't get writer's block back, like you seem, I use a different approach. I think of the idea; I put a digital voice recorder on; and I wait until the topic comes back to me so I can speak it rather than write it. Why digital voice recorder and not regular? Waiting for it to come verbally can take a while if you suddenly get Speaking block because you know you're recording yourself lol. (yes, that does happen too). Digital makes it easy to delete the recording after typing it up verbatim (and then edit at will).
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
1 Mar 08
Good idea. I must give it a try. I have got a recorder, but it is so complicated that I shall probably just record expletives. LOL
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@WC1989 (595)
• United States
1 Mar 08
Also, you said you were stuck in front of your computer. I would recommend using a pen and a notebook. While computer typing is great for saving type,and for clarity, most people tend to get more thinking from from writing with a pen and paper(especially during a writer's block). I often have writer's block (5 out of 7 days of the week..lol) One thing I found out recently. If I go somewhere I HATE with no handhelds, no phone,no ipod,etc.. and bring a notepad, it's easier to write. I found that out during my macroeconomics class :D.
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• United States
1 Mar 08
Sounds like the stress of having a deadline is hurting you. I wouldn't be able to advise. No one's every paid a penny for my writing. If I ever really apply myself, maybe I'll have some qualifications to offer advice. Until then, all I can offer is best wishes.
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
1 Mar 08
If my reviewer likes it she may let me have a little something. If not, I will just have to beg her to let me do something else. You have to suffer for your art. Thank you for your best wishes, they are very much appreciated.
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@Shawchert (1040)
• United States
1 Mar 08
i know how that feels whenever i am away from any writing tool i have so many ideas for somerthing to write and when i get to something i forget it all and my head goes blank. i tend to scribble random words till one breaks into my head and shatters the block lol. I wish yo luck
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
1 Mar 08
I shall do that in a brainstorming session. Thank you for the tip.
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@peavey (16479)
• United States
2 Mar 08
It looks like you've got a lot of good advice, but I'll add mine anyway. The best way to overcome writer's block, besides just letting it sit for awhile, is to start writing. All those disconnected things you say you have, put them down and keep writing whatever comes to mind about them. You may not get it the same day you do this, but in a few hours or a couple of days you can go back and connect the dots. You'll see how to create a piece from the fragments. Try it. :)
@p1kef1sh (45642)
2 Mar 08
I used to adore Join the Dots puzzles when I was a boy. You are quite right, sometimes you just right without looking and see what you find.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
2 Mar 08
Call myself a writer. That's write not right above. What hope is there?
@peavey (16479)
• United States
2 Mar 08
Right... write. ;) It happens. Good luck!
@CanadaGal (4304)
• Canada
1 Mar 08
When I go through writer's block, I simply remove myself from that situation for a while, and do anything BUT write. How about a quick walk or car ride up to the store to get some milk? Do a walkabout in the garden and see how high the tulip shoots are getting? A quickie romp with the missus? Laundry? Dishes? Reading? Watching tv? Staring out the window, admiring nature? I think you may need to consider a pen and pad of paper by your bedside for future instances such as this. That way, when an idea strikes, you can pen it down immediately, and then go back to it to see if it's worthy at a later time.
@CanadaGal (4304)
• Canada
1 Mar 08
:D I'm glad you are now unblocked.
@CanadaGal (4304)
• Canada
4 Mar 08
Thank you for the best response. :)
@LouRhi (1502)
• Australia
2 Mar 08
Nothing like a bit of pressure to help the block is there! I find reading sometimes helps to get ideas flowing or perhaps some free association writing where you lust let your mind go blank and write what ever comes out, no stopping or thinking, just flowing words. Good luck with it
@p1kef1sh (45642)
2 Mar 08
There's so much empty space in my mind that you would have thought that the words would have nowhere to get blocked. LOL. Thank you.
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@LouRhi (1502)
• Australia
2 Mar 08
LOL! Yes I know that feeling as well!
• Philippines
2 Apr 08
I usually watch a movie or some television or even re-read my favorite book to get inspiration. Sometimes, I just take a nap since my dreams sometmies inspire me too.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
2 Apr 08
Napping is good. But I usually forget what I dreamt about, or just remember the rubbish bits. LOL.
@rposta07 (241)
• United States
5 Mar 08
When I brainstorm, i like to set a timer and just continue to write for a certain amount of minutes. Even if you write down "I have nothing to write about," just from the constant writing, lack of punctuation, and randomness of it all, this tends to shoot a few thoughts into my brain that I can write down. usually I am in the middle of one sentence when something good pops in my head. i immediately stop the old sentence and begin a new one. Once the timer goes off, you can stop writing and read what you have written so far. Organization is often a hindrance to writing freely, so this allows your mind to break free of all conventions and really think.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
2 Apr 08
Organisation is one of the things that rarely challenge me! Why do I always think of the best lines when I cannot write them down? Also, have you ever written what sounds like a fantastic line only to read it back and discover that on the page it's rubbish? Such is the lot of the would be writer.
@Dinolist (55)
• United States
3 Mar 08
When the human mind is in a very relaxed state, like during sleep or during a shower, it is more open to creative thought. I have read that writers should keep a pen and paper by their bedside so that they may write down the ideas that come to them while in bed. Sometimes, ideas even come to you in dreams. Never wait until morning, after the events of the day begin to clog your mind. I have written some of my best poetry in the middle of the night, between sleep. Try it! Also, try thinking of that "fantastic first sentence" very hard just before you doze off. Your subconscious mind is waiting...
@p1kef1sh (45642)
2 Apr 08
My problem is that I have a mind full of fantastic first sentences. It's the follow up sentence that I struggle with. LOL
@hbalmer (11)
• Canada
2 Mar 08
Too many of us have sat with a great first sentence and struggled to find the next coherent thought to mesh it into a great story, article, or report. The most important thing to remember is that allowing ourselves to be completely stressed out by an impending deadline does little for our creative process and just causes increased feelings of panic. You could try to do some of the less traditional approaches. The first is to select a topic that you know nothing about. Sit down and write the title for your new 'venture'. Have yourself write for five minutes non-stop. Do not worry about if what you are writing actually makes sense, instead focus on the feeling you get as you either physically write or type the words. At the end of the five minutes give yourself the chance to read the document you just wrote. There are two main things that you gain from this exercise - (1) a dose of renewed vigor and (2) often a very good laugh. Stop worrying about it; talk to your reviewer and find out what the actual deadline is - sometimes it will be flexible.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
3 Mar 08
I am delighted to say that I found inspiration, wrote my piece, my reviewer loved it and I have now written a follow up. Thank you for your advice though, I can guarantee that the block will come along some time soon. LOL.
@djmarion (4901)
• Philippines
2 Mar 08
every one who spend hours and days thinking of some good ideas to write would really come close to running out of new ideas. I've been a member of this site for more than a year and i could say I've been through alot of writers block experience. many times i sit in front of my computer for many hours and just stare on the monitor. there's nothing you can do with that but to stop thinking and rest your mind for the day. tomorrow maybe something will pop out of your head to write.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
2 Mar 08
I agree, Inspiration comes naturally, it cannot be forced. I always hope that tomorrow will bring inspiration. But by the time that it becomes today, it's gone.
@ElicBxn (60810)
• United States
2 Mar 08
If you figure it out, let me know, I'm going into my 10th year of writer's block!
@p1kef1sh (45642)
2 Mar 08
Ha ha. LOL. I enjoyed that.
• France
2 Mar 08
The reason you have writers block is because you have no focus. Writing for sites like Helium where you are presented with topics to write on focuses you and allows you the pleasure of writing articles to things that interest you, and thus give you the incentive to get over that blockage. How can you get there, if you do not know where you are going ?
@p1kef1sh (45642)
2 Mar 08
I have not tried Helium but I know of people that do. Focus is important, but I have found that even when focused I can struggle. But thank you.
• Kuwait
1 Mar 08
I dont know its happening to me also, sometimes i have a lot to write and i write until i drop but sometimes i want to write but the right lines doesnt comes into my mind and so i ended up to nothing but disappointment and madness for nothing but myslef.
@p1kef1sh (45642)
2 Mar 08
I get so frustrated when that happens. Fortunately all came right for me tonight. But is was a near run thing.