I am on hiatus

rowanxxraven's picture

I had been writing a story but I seem to have writers block and is unable to write so until someone gives me an idea on how to finish the story or a thunderbolt of inspirition hits me I am on hiatus, sabbatical, break, etc.

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Daelus's picture

Hmm.

I don't really know. Maybe you could make
something completely crazy happen in the story
and it would put you back on track?

Although that doesn't really apply for
anything good. Hmm.

"When you can't run, you crawl, and when
you can't crawl, when you can't do that, you
find someone to carry you."

"If nothing we do matters, then all that
matters is what we do."

jeff's picture

Well...

I don't believe in writer's block. It is just a way for your procrastination to give yourself permission for not pushing through.

When I wrote the latest draft of my book, I wrote 2,000 words a day, sometimes more, never less. In 7 weeks, seven days a week of 2000 words a day, the novel was finished.

There were days that flew by and were immense fun, and other days were pure misery and I was sitting there for seven hours just trying to get the word count climbing. And, the thing is, some of the most interesting things that ended up in the book were the days I was "blocked" because it was the time that gave me the most free reign to explore what the story was, who the characters were, etc.

One trick is that when you don't know what to do, just put your two characters together and get them talking. They will always lead you interesting places, and back on track.

Your choices are to take writing seriously or to buy into the notion that you need to be inspired. Inspiration is important, but that is what propels you to write a story in the first place. After that, it's mainly sweat and time.

Daisy's picture

Writer's Block

Though I think a lot of what you said is true, I know that I can get some pretty serious (if brief) writer's block, not because of laziness, but because of either self-doubt or fear.

Anyway, in response to the actual journal entry, a kind of fun way to figure out endings is to try doing a few free association pieces (where you write whatever comes into you head with out stopping or thinking for a fixed period of time, say, five minutes) and try to just bring up the weirdest, least plausible endings you can think of. And then take it from there.

Also, consider the possibility that the last few pages or paragraphs or even sentences are a) just wrong or b) just extra: maybe the story is already done.

Good luck!

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