Writer's Block & Coping (by FanFiction.net)
When you are held back, not knowing what to write for your next chapter, stuck in the "block", you and your story may be left stranded.
There are several different methods and ways authors have of handling writer's block. Here are some for the next time you suffer writer's block:
- Read of what you have previously written. My personal favorite trick is to read back. Looking back at it might trigger a bolt in your noggin to figuring out what should happen next. Looking at previous scene might also help you find a better way to change the plot for the story to move forward.
- Work through the block. This is M4SSACRE's definite method, she's always stuck, not knowing what to change or write for the next chapter, but she's always making drafts for future scenes on this journal app. This is perfect for those who use drafts and, ahem, know what you want to happen after the point you're stuck at. You can push ahead, then go back and revise, by then you might have an idea of what to write.
- Sometimes, you just need to walk away from it. Taking a break and clearing your mind is always the most effective method. Do something that gives you inspiration such as listening to music, reading, watching anime/tv, climbing mountains, going grocery shopping, hunting Bigfoot, or whatever you prefer. Going places may typically get your inspiration, such as outside, in the shower, lying in bed... whatever works.
- Starting a new story. This is basically what my current fan fiction is, it's a new story. Some people like to start a new story and get ideas out that have been bouncing around and distracting them from their current project. This doesn't work for everyone, it might result in unfinished stories. *cough* "Rain" *cough*
- Sometimes writer's block is a lack of energy or motivation. If this is the case, taking a break doesn't help, just commit to taking baby steps. Write one sentence a day, maybe a paragraph or two. If writer's block is a brick wall, you just have to dismantle it one brick at a time.
There are ways to prevent writer's block. Make an outline or a timeline for your story, doing this guides the writer. This is the all-time method for M4SSACRE and I. We haven't had as many writer's blocks as we used to because we started making outlines. If you're going to do this, I recommend making the outline/timeline on the computer (if you're putting it online) so you don't waste paper (by crinkling it if you did something wrong) and you have a better chance of saving it.
I hope you enjoyed this talk, I noticed I get more views on my FFT than the ones that my Quizilla people request.
So in goodbye terms, don't catch a bad case of the writer's block for me my lovelies