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5 - Do something small. Much like tidying a messy room it can seem daunting when faced by the entire situation. So start small. Try and think about just one plot point or character issue.

This is unbelievably helpful. I've just realised that I am planning too many plots in my story at one go.

@Director thanks
 
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I would totally agree with stnylan and Director. Writer's block can be a sickness and the only cure is to just writing something. It doesn't matter how bad it is. At least it keeps the muscles exercised. Your last post suggests that perhaps you are over-thinking but that may not be the case. I have found that many times I get blocked because I simply don't know what comes next, or don't like what comes next and am unsure how to overcome that hurdle. That can block things up, no doubt.

Take it into a new direction...change something up. I've also found that watching something close to what I am writing will give me ideas that may unlock the block. But I am cinema minded in my writing. Maybe read something close to what you are writing that may serve the same purpose. At the end of it, though, a writer writes. What gets the juices flowing is the excitement. What causes it to stall is uncertainty. Many times I have put out a less than stellar post because I simply wanted to move forward. Get over the hurdle. It's not perfect, but it kept me going. Habit is the best cure for writer's block. Force yourself to write something every day if you can. And I would also suggest, if you really want to write, to read Stephen King's "On Writing." It is a fascinating book and one could not find a more prolific writer in this age. He may not be your cup of tea, but he puts out mammoth work year in and out. Not a bad source, if you ask me.

Finally, I love that you came to this source for the question. This thread has always been a great resource and it is somewhat sad that it is no longer stickied. However, it will always remain a place to discuss the craft. Good on you for recognizing it, Creator! :)
 

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somewhat sad that it is no longer stickied
No one reads the stickies. :p This is an example of "if you love something let it go, if it was meant to be it'll come back."

For the sake of a bit of color, I'll go the other way:

Honestly I've never found the "write through the block" advice to work (personally), unless I completely leave a piece alone and work in a totally different genre/medium for a while.

The things that do work for me:
- World Building in that world
- Taking long breaks
- Hiking
- Sitting on the patio
- Booze (and thus a ton of editing)
 

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No one reads the stickies. :p This is an example of "if you love something let it go, if it was meant to be it'll come back."

I cannot really argue with that because by and large, that is true. However, it would (or could) be easier seen as a sticky rather than on page four. The latest forum build has much to do with that so that is no fault of anyone other than software. Still...this thread is a great resource.

And I must say, I love your suggestion number 3, Mr C. I love hiking and don't do it near enough these days. Damn smoking! :rolleyes:
 

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And I must say, I love your suggestion number 3, Mr C. I love hiking and don't do it near enough these days. Damn smoking! :rolleyes:
Nothing makes me want to write about knights and rangers more than standing out in the middle of nowhere with my wife and a metric ton of biting insects. :eek:
 

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Nothing makes me want to write about knights and rangers more than standing out in the middle of nowhere with my wife and a metric ton of biting insects. :eek:
Ask and ye shall receive. And I guess that is one good thing being a smoker. The bugs don't attack nearly as much. I have hiked nearly half of the Appalachian trail and have never had that issue. Now in the UP? That's a whole other thing. The black flies!