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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Lions, and Tigers, and Writer's Block, Oh My!

Give me cookies!! Chocolate chunk please.  Yes, that is what writer's block sounds like, my friends.  Blank.  Nothing.  Empty space.  Writer's block is truly awful, and something made only to torture those of us who need or want to write.  Now, there are all kinds of writer's block.  For instance, you may need to write a creative fictional story for school - you could write about anything or everything.  But how do you decide?  That big old white blank page sitting in front of you can be terrifically dreadful at that
point.  But there are ideas everywhere.  Think about your own experiences - what if you had chosen a different path during some situation in your life.  What would have happened?  If you want to make it a little more interesting, what if a yeti suddenly appeared and demanded cookies?  Chocolate chunk cookies to be exact.  The fabulous possibilities here are endless, so just start writing, and see where it takes you.  You can always edit later.

No writing now...eating cookies with the yeti.
Now other times, you may be in the middle of a paper or story and just don't know where to go from there.  Well, there are a couple things to do at this point.  Go get a glass of milk, some cookies, and think about where to go the next time you sit down to write...boy, I must have cookies on the brain.  Anyway, throw a twist into your story by adding a new character, or a sudden plot twist.  This will get you writing in no time.  If you are working on a paper for school, try outlining.  Now, I was never a great outliner, with the numbers and letters and all, but I was good at writing down my main idea, and then a few sub ideas to get the paper going.  Give it a try.

A great, easy thing to do, is to carry a small notebook and pen around with you....EVERYWHERE!  You never know when inspiration will strike, and you don't want to take the chance that you will forget your brilliant idea by the time you get home or to your computer.  Also, keeping a journal every day is an easy way to keep yourself writing and the thoughts moving.

Finally, the best, most fantastic, outstanding advice I can give for writer's block, is to read!  Yep, that's right.  Reading a variety of genres, authors, and even lengths of books will open your mind to more possibilities.  You will learn how other authors handle different situations and eventually meld that with your own writing style.

Well, it happens to the best of us.  Writer's block a can be a terrible, frustrating thing, but if you take a few simple steps, you too can avoid it, or overcome it!  So what are you waiting for?  Get writing!

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