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Jul 26, 2004 19:58 # 24816

Wednesdays_Child *** wants to know...

Break on Through (writer's block)

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So, I have this overwhelming urge to write. Unfortunatly I'm stuck on most of my current projects. Normally when I'm blocked I just write through it even if what I put down is utter and complete crap, because I can always go back and edit, but if I stop it's really hard to get started again. Unfortunatly, this time? I stopped. And now, just as I thought, I can't seem to get started on anything again. The word file cursor just blinks at me mockingly, laughing, while my poor little brain runs around in circles biting it's own spine. Yeah. So, a poll!

How do those of you who write get over writer's block? Or for that matter, those of you who do art or any other type of creative enterprise. What do you all do to shatter the seemingly unsurmountable wall between the urge to create something, and the actuallity of doing so? *amused* Let me know. ^_^

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Jul 27, 2004 09:21 # 24833

majic *** throws in his two cents...

Re: Break on Through (writer's block)

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So, I have this overwhelming urge to write.

Welcome to the club, my name is Frank. I'm pleased to meet you!

How do those of you who write get over writer's block? Or for that matter, those of you who do art or any other type of creative enterprise. What do you all do to shatter the seemingly unsurmountable wall between the urge to create something, and the actuallity of doing so? *amused* Let me know.

This is an excellent question. I do what you do. I write through it. I seem to get writers block on a daily basis. Plus having self doubt really kicks my ass. I absolutely will not give into the effects of writers block. I listen to music, I do whatever it takes to get some kind of spark to write something. Even if what you write is total crap you are still making forward progress by writing. I keep a notebook with bits and pieces of stuff. I go back later and realize what I thought was total shit actually sounds really good. You'd be amazed. Just write your emotions down.

A few exercises that helped me were taking a watch and timing myself for 10 minutes. I'd write down anything and everything within that 10 minute period. Also I do another exercise which consists of single words. I start with a word then think of something related to that word and so on and I fill the entire page with words that were all linked to that first word I started with.

I visit litkicks.com and read alot of the Action Poetry section. What moves me I contribute to and most importantly I keep reading and learning how others write their thoughts down.


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