Writing: Stuck? Got Writer’s Block? 10 Ways To Help!

This post is as much for you as it is for me to get back on track. I hope it helps you! And if it does, and you know others with writer’s block, feel free to pass it along! 🙂

MINOR THINGS THAT MIGHT HELP 

1) Go to Wikipedia. Click on random article. To refresh, click the refresh button or use ALT + x. Copy and paste as needed, information or facts or sentences that strike you and inspire you, especially if they happen to help you out on your current project.

2) Use a generator. Sometimes things that you would never think of come up and help you get back on track. This is one I would recommend using, since it has like 50+ different kinds of generators all on one website. Character names, setting names, plots, etc.

3) Vaguely outline what you’ve already written. I would only recommend this if you have done over 5,000 words of your story already. Use this at any time if you are writing something like a short story, but if you are working on a novel, I find that waiting until 5,000 or even 10,000 words in to use this way to help you is wise.

4) Figure out where you are, and then figure out where you want to go with it. Easier said/written than done, right? Time yourself, five minutes, ten minutes, probably no more than fifteen is good, and ask a couple questions before beginning to brainstorm and write notes: “What are the characters doing now? How far am I from the end? What could possibly go wrong? How can I make the character suffer?” etc. “What if” questions are especially good, and the more not-obvious answers will make your story awesome, and may pull you out of your funk.

5) Introduce something new into the story. Introduce a new character. Introduce a new place where your characters go. This goes along with #2 very nicely.

MAJOR THINGS THAT MIGHT HELP 

1) Change the POV. Change the viewpoint. Change the perspective. If it’s in third person, try using first person for a chapter or two. See if that helps. If you’re describing the setting a lot, try to focus on the dialogue more, or vice versa. Sometimes you just need to have a change of pace to get back into your groove.

2) Write out of order. Jump three scenes ahead. Jump to the end. (NOT recommended when participating in a writing challenge like NaNoWriMo or Camp NaNoWriMo. But this IS on the MAJOR list. Of course, this is just me. You might perfectly well work out of order, and if that’s your thing, go for it! Don’t let me stop you with warnings like this one.)

3) Just start writing “I don’t know what to write I don’t know what to write I don’t know what to write” or “help me (main character’s name) help me (main character’s name) help me (main character’s name)” or any variation of this. The act of typing gives you momentum. And no matter what, you’re a writer if you’re writing, even if it’s the same phrase over and over again for a little while until you get so bored of it that you think of something and jump back right into the action of the story.

4) Work on something different. Read a novel. Watch a season of a TV show. Clean your room. Do stuff. Get your brain moving, doing SOMETHING ELSE. Sometimes if you work too intensely on something, you get so submerged that you feel like you’re drowning in plot points. (NOT recommended when participating in a writing challenge like NaNoWriMo or Camp NaNoWriMo. But this IS on the MAJOR list.)

5) Write a blog post about ways to get unstuck in hopes of helping other people, and hopefully help yourself get unstuck in the process.

Mary Wright

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