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Literature Basics


    Ever feel like no matter what you do, you just. can't. write?

    You're not alone. Many other writers have been in the same situation, left frustrated and exhausted trying to get through this. But what can you do about it?



What is Writer's Block?

    According to wikipedia 
"Writer's block is a condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work. The condition ranges in difficulty from coming up with original ideas to being unable to produce work for years.

Steps to Overcoming Writers Block

  1. Quit. At least for now, take a step back and breathe. The more you struggle the more worked up you become and the worse the block seems to get. Before anything else, give your mind a break for a bit and come back. Sometimes that's all you even need to do. Remember, your mind, just like your body needs rest.
  2. Disconnect & Organize. Clean up your writing space, close the tabs on your computer, turn off your phone and wi-fi. Get your area set so you can focus on your writing without clutter and distraction so you can keep your focus solely on writing.
  3. Try Something New. I understand you're on the 15th chapter of that novel you dream to publish, but since any writing you may be getting out really isn't that good, set it on the back burner and try something new. A different story, genre, style, theme... just do something new and different.
  4. Explore. A lot of people have their "writing spot", where they're comfortable and have the peace to get things done. Since that's not working for you right now, it's time to change your surroundings; take a notebook and go somewhere else. Explore the world around you for inspiration; Go for a walk, to the park, the coffee house, the bookstore, go to mars. Go somewhere, anywhere.
  5. Plot Away. So the story your writing isn't working out, but you've got ideas bouncing around in your head like it's an intense game of pingpong. Write them down and outline the story. Get an idea of what you want in it, how you want it to go, etc. and get it all down. Sometimes once you look at it all on paper the ideas just start flowing like an avalanche again.
  6. Prompts. And you thought I forgot this one? Prompts are a hit or miss. Some people snap out of writer's block with prompts, workshops and such, some people don't. You'll never know until you try. There's plenty of prompts on dA alone, then you have the entire internet as well. Give them a shot and see what happens.
  7. Just do it. Just write, even if it's complete and utter s#!*, write it anyways. Get your mind flowing, ideas rushing and sometimes that's enough to snap yourself out of it. Free writing can help jog your mind, creativity and kick this block in the face.

How Writer's Block Can Actually Help You

    While you may be looking at this as the end of writing, wondering if you'll even be able to produce a shopping list this week - sometimes it can help. Overcoming writers block by breaking your routine can help challenge you and bring your focus to other points and areas of literature. 
    If you experiment, try new things and change your surroundings; you may find yourself adding to and/or improving your style.
    One of the main ways to prevent writer's block is to have a routine or schedule. For example "write every morning for 15 minutes" or "go somewhere on Tuesdays and Thursdays to write". By putting this forth to reduce/eliminate writer's block, you're also disciplining and training yourself to be a better writer.

Reader Questions

  • Have you ever suffered from writer's block? If so, how did you over come it?
  • Do you have a "system" or "plan" on how to prevent and/or overcome writer's block?
  • Have you ever noticed anything specific that leads to your writer's block?


Most of us have experienced this in one way or another - the dreaded writer's block!
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Lady-Yume Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014   Writer
Been meaning to drop a line on this - thanks so much for sharing this (also through the Glory Be Project!) - brilliant tips :thumbsup:

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I-am-the-wanderer Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
Writer's block is, in a word, painful. It's annoying, it's unsettling, and it can totally ruin your confidence.

I'm still working through a bit myself, and it is AWFUL some days, but I also know it's necessary. I try to remind myself that I'm learning as much in overcoming my block as I learn in writing itself, and that it WILL END.

I think the end is a really important part that's easy to forget about.

P.S. In my mind, the single greatest representation of a creative block ever is Miyazaki's Kiki's Delivery Service. Nearly all my life wisdom about blocks comes from it. :D
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vespera Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Diamonds-Dont-Shine Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I write poems and I have to say that I am experiencing a writers block right now. Everything I write sounds stupid, etc.
My plan is to first rest a bit and when I am fully charged again I am going to a place with a lot of constant background noise/sound and start writing again
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amour-raven Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Student Writer
Love the gifs. :heart:

Anywho, I seem to suffer from PWB...sometimes; that's Perpetual Writer's Block (I'm sure I just made that up). I guess I get caught up in life and avoid writing until I get slammed with a freight train of inspiration. A kiss, a crush, a movie, an idea, or a dream! I believe that if I love the mental prompt enough that I am going to write the hell out of it!
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Schwannie Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
Whenever I get writer's block, I would usually just jump on my bed and draw. Whenever I draw, I would draw scenes, etc. No matter how suckish the drawing is, at least I get some plot idea ;P I get writer's block whenever I write 'too much'. I write every plot I know till there's none left in my mind :P
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lilis-gallery Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Writer's block is very real indeed, and we all hate it... I had a really long one a couple of months ago, I couldn't write anything decent for weeks. What I did to overcome it was, I took a complete break from my novel-in-progress for a month or so, and then I re-read everything I'd written from the very beginning, trying to forget I had written it - trying to read it as if it were someone else's work. It gave me a whole new point of view on my story, and when I was done reading, I immediately started writing again. :)

I think what leads to my writer's block is that I tend to work too much without ever taking a break, re-reading what I've written, etc. It's important to take a step back sometimes, and look at your work more objectively after a short (or a long) pause.
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ArtByCher Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014   Traditional Artist
I used to write many years ago. It IS very real :nod:
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OctopusGames Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
What works for me is sitting anywhere there is background noise and chatter, like in or near a mall food court, a parking lot, what have you. My favorite was parking outside a gun range and taking notes. Those instant sound breaks gave me many ideas.
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YanaHiro Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014   Traditional Artist
question#1-Writer's block is the worst thing to happen to a writer, so I did step one-quit!

#2-Sometimes, ideas just will pop in my head when I'm not doing anything busy, and I see them as opportunities for the story. 
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