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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
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
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
having problems with.)
Your list should include things like:
What are you writing
at the moment?
What bit are you
What are you trying
What are your characters'
goals at this point?
them from achieving those goals?
What happens in
the scene after the one you're stuck on?
fit together logically?
worst thing that could happen right now?
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.
Deliberately bad writing
Do you have the feeling that what you're
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!