Steven Moffat on Writer’s Block


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Whether you think that Steven Moffat is the best writer ever or that he’s is spoiling Doctor Who and Sherlock at the same time, you’ve gotta admit that the guy is a genius. I was watching a little interview on BBC Writersroom the other day, and he said something about writer’s block that really struck a chord with me:

“Writer’s block – embrace it, know it. It is your internal editor. It is telling you that you haven’t got it right yet, that you can write what you want to write, or the scene that you’re going to write, or the chapter you’re going to write – one reason, it’s not *right* yet. So listen to that voice and sit in agony until it all blossoms in your head. It’s not a fault, it’s just that you haven’t got it yet.”

Watch the interview here.

 

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Motivation


It’s been a reallyyyyyyy long time. The blog hasn’t been getting much activity for a while.

So I wanted to motivate people when writing, no matter if it’s a blog or just writing.

I, and many other Storybird users have had a long battle with writer’s block. I get an amazing general idea, but when I try to put it down, it doesn’t write. It doesn’t work. I don’t know why we can’t think of things to write, and I don’t know how to cure it. So my form of inspiration is a challenge for all readers and Storybird members out there.

I’ll give you the One Sentence To Spark You. And you guys can use it, and write down one paragraph, no matter how good or simple it is. It may give you an idea! Good luck battling writer’s block, every one. I know it can be hard, but if we all give each other ideas, we can all fight it together,

Today’s OSTSY is:

Imagine if Storybird didn’t exist.

-Pandora ❤

Up for the Challenge?


GaladrielSkywalker (aka Galadie/Gala) suggested this uber-cool writing challenge on APT today:

It would be very interesting to write from the point of view of a blind person.

Really hard, but interesting. You couldn’t really describe anything. You would have to rely on tasting, touching, smelling, etc.

It would be an excellent writing challenge.

 

Sounds fun, no? Anyone here up for the challenge? =D

 

Description: The Key To Good Writing


I got inspiration from PoetOfTheTimes, who posted a post about this. I’d like to talk more about that. 🙂

I’ve always found imagining scenes and characters make it easier for the words to flow. When you have writer’s block, you can’t really think of the ideas.

When you’re looking at a character, imagine their looks first. I know it may be shallow, but that’s not the point. It sparks the ideas.

If Azelma is a raven-haired, brown-eyed girl with a curvy figure and button nose, with gorgeous china like skin, then it may be easier to come up with the character to that person. Like, maybe Azelma is snobby because she’s pretty. Or she’s very self-conscious, but everyone thinks she’s beautiful except her.

What you imagine fits into the story and opens new doors. The setting does too.

If Azelma is sitting with her best guy friend on a dock, next to the gleaming water and just setting sun, it might turn into a kiss, or a fight. The possibilities are endless. You see, description is a key to a million doors, that just keep flowing. If you have writer’s block, or just want to write better, start by writing a paragraph about a character, like so:

The squat girl with a stubby nose and tanned, oily skin never felt any lesser of herself. Her luscious brown locks seemed to make up for it, and her sparkling aquamarine blue eyes glimmered whenever she had a good idea. She loved herself, and that’s what made everyone love her.

See? It’s that simple. Now, you can just keep writing off of this main character! You might just be cooking up something great. ❤

Number Writing


I do this with drawing, but it seems that it will work with writing too! This is for writer’s block, which many suffer.

So, what you do is have three columns. The first is an adjective (smelly, green, etc.) The second should be a verb with and ing: (singing, dancing, etc.) The third will be a noun (toothbrush, apple, shoe).

Like so:

1.  Sparkly       Thinking     House

2.  Tiny           Dancing      Kite

3.   Hairy        Sleeping     Mouse

And so on. You should have about sixteen or so.

Now, just think of three numbers. If I think, 3, 1, 2, then I will write about a Hairy Thinking Kite.

 

Be creative and have fun with it!

 

How to Overcome Writer’s Block: An essay from internet tidbits


Writer’s block is a condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work. The condition ranges in difficulty from coming up with original ideas to being unable to produce a work for years.

And I, my dear friends, am suffering from this illness. The Block stands in my way like a wall, and I want to write, I have the plot, but I have no idea how to continue the story.

American poet William Stafford offers this advice to poets who suffer from Writer’s Block: “There is no such thing as writer’s block for writers whose standards are low enough.” This sounds terrible at first. “What? I’m supposed to write junk? I need a good grade! I’m better than that!” No, Stafford is not encouraging writers to produce garbage. He is suggesting, however, that it’s easy to take yourself too seriously, to think you’re going to write a poem or an essay that is going to be the greatest poem or essay ever written, that you’re going to formulate the greatest, loveliest, most intelligent statement ever made.

Below are some quotes on writer’s block by famous authors. I suggest you read through all of them and get up and write (I wish I could do that right now).

“What I try to do is write. I may write for two weeks ‘the cat sat on the mat, that is that, not a rat.’ And it might be just the most boring and awful stuff. But I try. When I’m writing, I write. And then it’s as if the muse is convinced that I’m serious and says, ‘Okay. Okay. I’ll come.’” — Maya Angelou

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” — Mark Twain

“The best way is always to stop when you are going good and when you know what will happen next. If you do that every day … you will never be stuck. Always stop while you are going good and don’t think about it or worry about it until you start to write the next day. That way your subconscious will work on it all the time. But if you think about it consciously or worry about it you will kill it and your brain will be tired before you start.” — Ernest Hemingway

“If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to ­music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don’t just stick there scowling at the problem. But don’t make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people’s words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient.” — Hilary Mantel

“Writer’s block…a lot of howling nonsense would be avoided if, in every sentence containing the word WRITER, that word was taken out and the word PLUMBER substituted; and the result examined for the sense it makes. Do plumbers get plumber’s block? What would you think of a plumber who used that as an excuse not to do any work that day?

The fact is that writing is hard work, and sometimes you don’t want to do it, and you can’t think of what to write next, and you’re fed up with the whole damn business. Do you think plumbers don’t feel like that about their work from time to time? Of course there will be days when the stuff is not flowing freely. What you do then is MAKE IT UP. I like the reply of the composer Shostakovich to a student who complained that he couldn’t find a theme for his second movement. “Never mind the theme! Just write the movement!” he said.

Writer’s block is a condition that affects amateurs and people who aren’t serious about writing. So is the opposite, namely inspiration, which amateurs are also very fond of. Putting it another way: a professional writer is someone who writes just as well when they’re not inspired as when they are.” — Philip Pullman

My biggest excuse to others and myself was that I had writer’s block, as if it was some kind of illness.— Mary Garden

The scariest moment is always just before you start [writing]. After that, things can only get better. – Stephen King

 

10 types of writer’s blocks:

1. You can’t come up with an idea.

2. You have a ton of ideas but can’t commit to any of them, and they all peter out.

3. You have an outline but you can’t get through this one part of it.

4. You’re stuck in the middle and have no idea what happens next.

5. You have a terrible feeling your story took a wrong turn a hundred pages back, and you only just hit a dead end.

6. You’re bored with all these characters, they won’t do anything.

7. You keep imagining all the reasons people are going to say your story sucks, and it paralyzes you.

8. You can’t think of the right words for what you’re trying to convey in this one paragraph.

9. You had this incredibly cool story in your head, and now you’re turning it into words on a screen and it’s suddenly dumb.

10. You’re revising your work, and you can’t see your way past all those blocks of text you already wrote.

To see exactly how to overcome each kind of the writer’s block mentioned above, I highly suggest you read this

For quick writer’s block-curing ideas, I recommend this website called 911 Writer’s Block. It’s great!

I also loove Chaotic Shiny, which has countless fun and helpful generators that really help out, whether you have Writer’s Block or not.

 

 Sources:

Wikipedia the Great

Flavorwire

This Website Whose Name I Do Not Know

io9 (wrong post but I’m too lazy.)

How to Stop Writer’s Block


I was in a writing slump for a while, until yesterday, when the ideas came flooding in. How do you stop writing blocks and spread out the ideas?

1. Listen to yourself. Sometimes we get so caught up in trying to please others we don’t please ourselves. Instead of writing topics close to your heart, we try to write about “hot topics.” Trust me; stories turn out much better when you listen to YOUR heart.

2. I go outside. Something about nature just generates ideas. Find that place. I promise you; it will help. Jot down what ideas you’re thinking of, and make it happen once you get back home.

3. Don’t focus too much on it. You don’t have to think about writing 24/7. That will cause your block to last even longer. Go on with your life, have fun, and you will start writing again.

4. If these don’t work, maybe it’s for a reason. A great story can’t be written in two minutes. It takes time. Your brain could be building up the plot currently; you just don’t know it yet. Don’t rush creativity.

I hope these help and ily all(:

~Sweet_Pea