It's a very informative book, and one that I found very constructive when trying to get past my own cases of writer's block. It's not a self-help book by any means, but it's a good way of "getting to know your enemy," so to speak.
You can typically find it at a public or academic library if you were interested in giving it a read.
How do you usually cope with writer's block?
What usually causes you to get stuck in your writing?
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If I'm struggling over how to make something work (like make a characters actions make sense by building an emotional state), I sleep on it and try to talk to others to see if I can figure it out.
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It's a VERY bad habit. I think the reasons for my blocks are due to me dedicated too much time to the project and it makes me frustrated and angry very easily. Therefore, I set time blocks for myself to work on them and STICK to them, no matter how much I want to continue. It's better that way.
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b) write something else
b) is especially effective, even if that "something else" is just a little distraction. I sometimes write short funny lists of things (I work as a moderator in a fanfiction archive, so lists of "the ten strangest XY fictions" are quick to make) or parody shorts of typical Mary Sue characters, and this quickly clears my head for more serious work.
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Honestly though, for me, it's not so much a block but more like I'm just being really lazy. Once I get my pen/keyboard moving, I can easily go 2-4+ hours if food, sleep, and school weren't an issue.
What really stops me from writing is the constant studying I have to do for my weekly tests purely as a matter of priority. I wish it was more like undergrad where I could write and not have the upcoming test nag me in the back of my mind.
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And there's one thing that helps every time. Each of my characters has their own songs, sung in voice that could belong to them and lyrics that match their life. Hearing such song even once makes me want to write about them again and it always works.
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For me it happens because of 1 of 2 things:
1) I start turning into a perfectionist about my writing. I keep thinking, this needs work, there must be some better way to say this, and end up spending an hour on a single paragraph or even sentence.
2) I'm just not that interested enough in the story or that part of the story (probably means that part of the story needs work)
I don't know any cure for it, maybe I should trying doing the pole and egg dance somebody mentioned.
In my cases of writer's block, it's usually because I've run out of ideas to work with due to certain obstacles that prevent me from continuing. Despite being open minded about things, I'm one of those people who are obsessed with the Showing Your Work trope when it comes to writing (Though only if my setting is based on a real world place or a fictional Earth), even if it's something not well known or very rare like Lazarus Syndrome and Urbach–Wiethe disease for examples. I spend a lot of time researching actual medical conditions, actual theories and whatnot and half the time I don't even use some of them in the end.
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I seem to have an endless flow of mediocre ideas.
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But it's often that I have no real problems writing in general but writing on a specific story.
Three short novels are hanging because of my writing block at the moment (one reason why I try to race through the script to have it at least finished before the block, polishing is possible even after that).
In contrary to a painting block I also don't know anything effective against it.
When I have a painting block I just stop painting for a while, then start slowly again and then, one sunny day, I suddenly feel the urge again and just do it.
Sometimes it also helps to do a little picture errands (people asking me for a picture about something) that make me want to draw again.
Never happened with writing to me, kind of sad when looking at my unfinished novels .__.
Maybe I should read that book, if that helps.
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To try and get myself out of my writer's block I usually read other books to get a fresh perspective or a fresh idea on how I should proceed with my story. Or play a videogame I still have. Or watch something. And when I get back to my own story, I try to keep myself from reading the first parts of the book again. I just read a current chapter, or read the current part where I'm stuck on and wait for some new idea to appear in my head.
Re-reading when your story isn't finished yet is a good way to slow you down further and I suggest not doing it when you're still early in the story. Tendency is the writer finds something wrong with it and edits it, then starts editing until you've completely changed your story and end up in the same spot where you had a writer's block. This isn't always the case of course but it's a risk because of the possibility.
I have a couple things that I do.
1. I'll just write a different scene, something I do have an idea on or am excited about, just to keep writing. Sometimes I use these scenes and sometimes I don't, but it keeps me writing on the story. Or I do research for something I know I'll need later which sometimes produces an idea that gets me writing again.
2. I'll also read. Which can be a good or bad thing for me. It always results in a new idea, but not necessarily for the story I have a writer's block in. Sometimes it gets me wanting to write a whole new story and I hate doing that.
3. I also have a friend that I bounce ideas off of who also loves to write. We'll read each others stories (not proof read or edit them) to get an idea of where the story is going then offer ideas to help each other out of the block. Maybe one sticks, maybe not.
If that fails and I find myself sitting in a long slump, where day after day I'm staring at the computer screen trying to will the words to come, (This doesn't work btw. Words are stubborn.) then I just stop writing altogether for a while. I'll hang out with people, play video games, go on walks, swimming, camping, watch tv, the news, or a documentary etc. and hopefully I'll see something, hear something or do something that gives me a damned Idea for my scene. lol
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I think the biggest rule about writing is that if you don't have the lust to write about something in that particular time, write far ahead of the story or path line you're trying to write. Sometimes it's better off to write the ending first and find out what happens in the middle that makes sense with your ending, and vice versa. Writing doesn't always have to be linear and set to a plan that can get boring really quickly:
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