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    Black Dragon submitted a new blog post:

    Writers Block: What to Do When You Get Stuck

    This article is by Rachel Meyer.


    Most of us have had writers block at one time or another. Our story is flowing freely and then something happens that jams up the story works. A scene isn't going the way we thought, we aren't sure what to do next, or we seem to have no inspiration.

    That's where the ideas in this post come into play. It will have a variety of suggestions for you to try when you're stuck in that inspiration-less rut or don't know what to do.

    However, a quick word of warning. All of these ideas can also be used as ways to procrastinate when you're stuck. You've got to have self-control and remember that these are to be used to get your creative juices flowing again, not browse Pinterest for an hour. No matter how tempting that may be.

    Ideas for When You Don't Know What to Do

    Write a list
    Write down all the ideas for what could happen next. No matter how stupid or crazy, just dump them all in. As you go, you'll get some actually good ideas and you can pick from among those what is your best option. Or combine several.

    Brain dump
    Open a fresh document or get out a piece of paper and just talk to yourself about what could happen. Discuss options, debate different approaches, and think outside the box until you've figure out what to do.

    Use the snowflake method
    Write down where you...
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  2. This is an extremely helpful list. Often, explaining my problem at length to someone else helps. Sometimes I think of the solution before I even finish telling them everything.
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  3. JGCully

    JGCully Scribe

    Some very good ideas, thanks for the advice :)
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  4. gumsoul

    gumsoul New Member

    I illustrate as well as write my WIP. I go through phases that can last weeks where I draw or write. Usually I will be writing a scene or description and get excited about a combination of words as it comes to mind, and cannot write another word until i draw it out on paper. Its painstakingly inefficient in terms of productivity, but more enjoyable. I also find it very helpful to have visual aids such as maps and portraits when writing descriptions in my narrative.

    This strategy also retains focus of still being "in world," while also taking a break when i get to parts that im struggling with. Although I am focusing on getting visual proportions or design aspects of an illustration correct, I am also thinking about my story progress, usually where ever I left off at, and running through different scenarios that could pan out and how it would change previous draft directions. Just last night in fact, I began having a change of heart in killing one of my favorite characters halfway through the story. He isn't a main character, but I really liked my latest illustrated rendering of him in full color, and think he can do more to serve the story than just the impact of a shocking and unexpected death. That death does represent a tonal shift in the narrative, so it's something I am still struggling with, but his latest design is pretty fracking cool, and I hate to see a good design go to waste.

    Anyway, thats just me. I know a lot of people "cant draw" (which is mularkey, but I will save that discussion for another time), but I think when writing from the imagination, it is extremely helpful to take a break from using words to describe what your mind sees, and have let your eyes and hands attempt to craft something more physical and visual. Clear up some mental space that is being used to hold the image at the forefront your consciousness, then you will be able to find the words to describe what you see in front of you instead of what is only in your mind.

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