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143 Ideas for Overcoming Writer's Block

143 very clever ways to overcome writer's block and get writing again.

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Excerpt 1: Boring characters

You can easily get writer's block if you get bored with your main characters. But what can you do about it? Here are a few suggestions:

  • You could drop those characters and find some more interesting ones.
  • You could make the existing characters more interesting by digging up a few dark secrets from their pasts.
  • You could keep the characters but change the story - perhaps they'll be livelier in a story that suits them better.
  • Perhaps you don't need to change all of the characters. Maybe just replacing one of them will be enough to spice things up.
  • Perhaps you could reuse a character from a previous story.
  • You could kill off the most boring character - and show his death on the page - then have the other characters recruit someone more entertaining to fill his place.

Excerpt 2: Chat

Another good way to overcome writer's block is to get a friend to help you. Invite him over and tell him about the problems you're having. Record the whole conversation. The answer to your problem will usually emerge during this discussion. Either you or your friend will come up with the vital answer that allows you move on.

You can things along by preparing a list of questions for your friend to ask you. Do this before he arrives. (And notice that while you're preparing this list you're actually writing about the piece of work you're having problems with.)

Your list should include things like:

  • What are you writing at the moment?
  • Who is it intended for?
  • What bit are you stuck on
  • Why are you stuck?
  • What are you trying to achieve?
  • What are your characters' goals at this point?
  • What's preventing them from achieving those goals?
  • What happens in the scene after the one you're stuck on?
  • Does everything fit together logically?
  • Is it plausible?
  • What's the worst thing that could happen right now?
  • And so on.

Get your friend to ask you these questions (not necessarily in the order you listed them) while you lie on the sofa with your eyes closed - psychiatrist's couch style. Make sure you record the answers.

Excerpt 3: Deliberately bad writing

Do you have the feeling that what you're writing isn't any good? Then how about writing something that's deliberately bad? This will free you from your anxiety for a while and get your creative juices flowing. When you've finished, see if you can work out why it's so bad, and what changes it would need to make it good. Or, for a bit of fun, see if you can make it even worse!

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