Top 5 writer’s block cures

Let’s get right to it! 😛


Writer’s Block: The top 5 and their cures

Type #1: Has a story, but nothing to write on it

This is very common. You either have something to write but you don’t know how to write it, or you have a story in progress, but are just stuck with it.

Not to worry!

When this happens to me, I write whatever I can think of. Write random nonsense, if that’s what you have to do. If you can’t think of anything, write “blah” until you do. It can be a random word, a sentence, what you had for breakfast. Anything. Often I find that it can evolve into a story! e.g.:

Blah blah blah I love Nutella it’s delicious. I had trouble spelling delicious blah blah blah Harry Potter World is awesome I want to go there again, one day. Blah blah blah I should probably brush my hair better, it’s all poofy. Blah blah.

Type #2: Wants to write, but has no ideas

So. You want to write something, but there’s nothing that you can think of.

Find a prompt. Any prompt. Even if it’s silly, it may lead to something interesting. You can try rewriting a fairy tale in your own version, or you can even write an alternate ending or story to an already existing book! (This is called fan fiction, my friends.)

You can also try revising or rewriting one of your older stories that has a good plot, but bad writing.

Type #3: Just can’t bother anymore

It’s okay, it happens to all of us. We just get bored with our stories, or we can’t find the time to write on them.

If this happens, know it’s okay to take a little break. You can do other things. Read a book, go to the park, make a smoothie! And then, once you’re ready, go back to your story. (This part can take from a few days, to a month. It all depends.) And write. Write anything you can think of. It’s really up to you. You can even start a new story!

Don’t worry. Don’t stress over it. 🙂

Type #4: All the stories sound… bad….

Yeah, I’ve been there. Everything you write just seems…

ew.

First, remind yourself, no! It’s not bad! Maybe it’s just not the right time for you to be writing this particular story! Maybe your brain is tired and overworked! Maybe you need to take a nap!

Pretend someone else is saying all these horrible things to you. And then yell at them. (Mentally, of course.) If they say you are a horrible author, tell them that you know you’re not. Tell them that if they think they’re so much better at it, why don’t they come over for tea and a lesson?

Mentally, though. Remember this part.

Type #5: Too many things to write!

This is called “being overwhelmed”.

Try to focus on just one story, if you can. If not, choose two or three favorites and write those. When you’re done, move on to the next set.

You’ll get to all of them eventually.

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~ Lilou

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