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Conquer Writer's Block, #1

Updated: Feb 6, 2021

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F@!k this. F@!k that. I'm done!

Hey, hey Smurphies! Who here has dealt with writers' block [*Slowly raises hand*]? Whether it's writing an essay, a story, homework, a report, etc. etc., we've all been stuck behind a computer, staring hopelessly into a blank page of a white hole. Luckily, over the many years of writing and my degree in creative writing, I've learned some ways around the dreaded and Voldemort-like words: Writer's Block.

First of all, there are many forms of writer's block. And to tackle each different one, we need to know which ones we struggle with. For instance, staring at that white hole on your computer isn't going to magically give you inspiration and ideas. Sure, some of us can just think about what we'll say for our first sentence, write it down, and then suddenly the ideas start flowing after. But, unless you've got it all figured out like a very in-depth outline, more than likely that isn't going to happen for the most of us. Here are some suggestions for that Blank Page block:

✑ Find a different location (A library, park, coffee shop, a quiet space, etc.)

✑ Just write (Just puke on that page, don't think.)

✑ Watch people (a great source for inspiration.)

✑ Eavesdrop (Applies to people watching, but also great subject inspiration.)

✑ Research (Depending on your subject, this could/will be very helpful with getting you started.)

No breaks just yet! We're just getting started [Ugh. But why?]! Let's say you've gotten through the beastly blank page and you've got your story/essay on a good roll, but you're having trouble with plot, storyline, or dull, clunky flow. Fear not. I suggest a few of the following:

✑ Write out that Timeline (Mapping out your timeline helps so much with figuring out where you're going wrong or where you could spice it up.)

✑ Research (Here, I mean read some books on writing. There's a lot of great writing books on such topics!)

✑ Read a book or watch a movie (Watching or reading other writers' successful stories helps the creative juices and ideas on story progression.)

✑ Character Analysis (Check on what your characters are doing and how they progress the story, what are they contributing? They are, after all, what moves your story forward.)

That last bullet point brings me to my next and last suggestion! Characters. They are one of the most important elements in any form of writing. If your characters are dull and boring, or you just can't wrap your head around what your character is there for, etc., let me give you a few tips:

✑ Write a Character Sheet (This is so super important. This helps round out your character and gives you visual on exactly what your character is there for.)

✑ Figure out your characters goals and motivations (Another important one, also helps storyline progression.)

✑ Give your characters quirks and speech flare (Very important! If you want your character to stand out, especially if it contributes to your storyline, you must be able to make your characters different not only from one another, but also from stereotypes and other characters written out there.)

✑ Background (This should be in your Character Sheet, but if not, it's very important to know where your character came from and why they are the way that they are. This can also help with storyline progression. It's also important for your antagonists.)

Figuring out how to get past that Writer's Block is super important not only for writing purposes, but also to keep you going, keep you confident, and not letting you just say f@!k it and give up. Writers don't give up, they persevere! I hope these have given you inspiration, a new outlook, or some ideas on how to keep your story going, whatever it may be! I love you, Smurphies!




- Tana

the Blue Label

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