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Anonymous 06/25/14(Wed)23:45 UTC+1 No.5058651 Report

Anyone have any tips/tricks to get words down on paper/screen? I use to write a lot (fantasy, I know, boo) but for the last 5 months I've been in a massive funk. Haven't been to the writing forum I used to frequent and have just completely lost all motivation.

Part of me thinks I should just stop, but another part remembers how fun and enjoyable it used to be.

How do you guys get through writers block? Has it ever lasted as long as this (5 months) What'd you do to get over it?
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Anonymous 06/25/14(Wed)23:47 UTC+1 No.5058657 Report

best way is to keep writing even if it's shit. you can delete it later
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Anonymous 06/25/14(Wed)23:51 UTC+1 No.5058670 Report

>>5058657

Man, I've tried that, but the more shit I write the more I want to just give up. I've done some writing prompts and end up thinking every idea I've had is just dumb.

Honestly the only time I can actually sit down and write is when I'm drunk, and you can imagine how that reads sober.
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Anonymous 06/25/14(Wed)23:51 UTC+1 No.5058672 Report

>How do you guys get through writers block?

By realizing it's not real.
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Anonymous 06/25/14(Wed)23:53 UTC+1 No.5058680 Report

>>5058672

It's feeling real.
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Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)00:01 UTC+1 No.5058695 Report

>>5058680
Most people who whine about "writer's block" simply just don't have anything to say. When they say they "can't write", what they really mean to say is that they can't think.

Obviously, this is putting the cart before the horse. Someone without anything to say, but blathers on inanely anyway, doesn't produce anything worth listening. It's the same with writing.

Have the strength and dignity to say "my ideas suck and my brain is broken" rather than just saying you have "writer's block". Ridiculous.
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Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)00:02 UTC+1 No.5058697 Report

>>5058651
I would say one just has to "bleed," but considering you write fantasy stories, descriptions, etc. I don't think that is appropriate advice. Feel inspired, and then imagine the world you're writing about, or characters as vividly as possible.
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Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)00:05 UTC+1 No.5058710 Report

>>5058695

You're right, I should just give up completly, like you but maybe I'm just stupid, and would like to pick the brains of those who've garnered the ability to work through it.
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Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)00:09 UTC+1 No.5058721 Report

>>5058697

I like fantasy not because of the ability to create 'fantastical worlds of wonder' but more that it is an easy way to provide views and thoughts on culture without being explicit in those viewpoints. Seems kinda cowardly as I write it, but whatever. I dig it.

And as much of a dick as >>5058695
is, he's got a point. Maybe finding experience worth examining is the problem. Maybe 'bleeding' is the point.
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Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)00:16 UTC+1 No.5058741 Report

Hey OP, as a published author, I feel that I can offer you a quick word of advice.

First, let me say that I write nonfiction, which is a bit different from writing fantasy, but nonetheless, here is my principle:

I conceptualize (so to speak) a book or a short for easily a year before I write a single word. The idea is that once I've got everything sorted out in my mind, all of the words just fall into place when I go to write.

It's almost like Plato's recollection: you never really learn anything new, you only recall. If you sit down to write and don't have a general blueprint of what you're going to say, you're really going to sit down and think.

Now, I have written a bit of fiction too, but I do that in one blast. No novels, just shorts, and I usually write the entire story without stopping.

Good luck, OP.
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Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)00:46 UTC+1 No.5058845 Report

>>5058741

I appreciate your advice, honestly.

Do you outline before you start, or just mentally conceptualize? I've tried both, with varying degrees of success.
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Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)00:50 UTC+1 No.5058858 Report

give up, fraud
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Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)01:18 UTC+1 No.5058940 Report

Just write. Write SOMETHING, anything in fact. Just write and it will come to you through the cloud of garbage.
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Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)01:21 UTC+1 No.5058950 Report

>>5058710
Become not-stupid. It is possible. We humans are limited only by one thing during our lives, and thats our spirit of imagination. Its always growing whether you jnow ut or not. The only true limits you have placed upon you are the limits of your willingness to dig deep down and pull open your imagination and allow it to expand.
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Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)01:33 UTC+1 No.5058986 Report

>>5058950

See, that's the thing; how? I'm trying, and it's like the harder I try the worse I feel about what I'm trying to do. I've tried some poetry, with the idea that it's more singular in purpose and that 'feeling' is easier to convey, but it's two completely different beasts.
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Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)01:55 UTC+1 No.5059066 Report

>>5058986
Keep trying. You cannot become good without trying. Some people pick things up easily and as such are able to master many different skills. But most of us don't have that skill. You will get out a reward proportional to your effort. You need to hammer that craft into your brain until you absorb enough knowledge to make that skill usable. Nd that only comes from hours and hours of back breaking, frustration inducing, amazingly despairing practice. But eventually you will succeed. You need to devote your time entirely to this one thing, you need to spend months even years practicing if you really want to hone your skill into a blade sharp enough to cut through the bindings of mediocrity.
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Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)01:57 UTC+1 No.5059076 Report

>>5058986
Doesn't matter, keep going until it kills you.
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Anonymous 06/26/14(Thu)02:53 UTC+1 No.5059332 Report

>>5059066
>>5059076

Thanks guys, I know this thread probably pops up all the time but it's nice to hear some encouragment. I hope I don't feel like everything I write is shit, but until that day...
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