Writer's block - how do you fight it?

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Usually kicking back and watching a space documentary for an hour or so helps clear me up or going for a jog when the weathers nice. I have read that the creators of the TV show South Park play with Lego's. One of my friends even fights it off with a beer or a glass of wine (makes it worse for me).

What are your home remedies?
  • Profile picture of the author chrisfoose
    I've had writers block for a while now. I've written some things but never get around to finishing.
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    • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
      I do flyers and never have it, although on rare occasions l have had to abandon a project!

      I get all the ideas l need from Google image search, and search in general.

      It will probably work with story's as well?

      Always hard to do something new from scratch, a lot easier if someone else has part of the answer!

      And l mean get ideas, not copy!

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  • Profile picture of the author nmwf
    It's (obviously) not a problem for me any longer, but in the past, learning new vocabulary helped. Discovering new words and figuring out how to correctly use them is a game to me. So I have a little fun in the process.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    When I have writer's block...sorry, I can't think of anything right now.
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  • Profile picture of the author butters
    Originally Posted by BranTheMan View Post

    Usually kicking back and watching a space documentary for an hour or so helps clear me up or going for a jog when the weathers nice. I have read that the creators of the TV show South Park play with Lego's. One of my friends even fights it off with a beer or a glass of wine (makes it worse for me).

    What are your home remedies?
    Don't write, can't get blocked if you never do it but I would say go out to the pub or something might help.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    I've written on this subject before. LOL. I love irony.

    Anyway - talk through it. You know what you want to write about, go for a walk with a friend and strike up a conversation about the subject. If you can't find someone to go with - just talk out loud to yourself.

    If the problem is not knowing the subject well enough, only study will help. However, if you know your subject and just can't start writing, the problem is that your brain is registering "writing". Writing is not instinctual and talking is. Walking gets the blood flowing so if your head is just plain fatigued, the increased blood flow will clean it out - and talking is instinctive, so talking out loud about the subject will allow the flow of ideas and organization of them.

    You can also avoid writer's block by setting your writing rituals. What do you do before you write? I clean a little house, make coffee and put on a white dress shirt.

    Once you identify your rituals, practice them before you sit down every time. This will allow your brain to realize what it is going to be doing and will ready your mind for the task ahead of it.
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    • Profile picture of the author creativebuzz
      Probably this is similar to a designer's block. I have studied this when I was learning graphic design, so I will post here a few methods to destroy the creative block. Some are tested by me, some are just theory. (These are for visual artists, but probably you can translate them somehow for writers - I hope!)

      1. Taking a walk, jogging, any kind of sport. In theory it will increase the blood flow and other stuff that I don't understand but it works for me.

      2. Looking at photos, paintings, designs, magazines. Meh, this in theory works, although not so much for me.

      3. Forcing yourself not to think about your creative issue. The brain will continue to think about the problem in background... Sometimes this is a good idea, but not when you have a tight deadline.

      4. Thinking about the target of the art you are about to create.
      In general art has a main purpose. Are you trying to explore an emotion? To preserve a memory? To present the beauty of nature? Or the beauty of a human act? Are you trying to create a powerful social statement?

      All these type of questions will lead to answers. Answers that will help to create your art.

      The next step is to find the actors. In visual arts the actors are lighting, composition, models, location, colors etc.

      Hope this helps
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  • Profile picture of the author mikhailblaze
    Usually, I sleep it off. However, I can't obviously do it in an open-design office

    So, here's what I do:

    1. Read something totally unrelated to what I'm writing, like Wikipedia entries about random stuff or questions and answers on Quora.

    2. Look up pictures of cats. It works. Seriously.

    3. Go to the bathroom and do jumping jacks.
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    I go outside and take a walk in the woods

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