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Offline Bear Paw

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« on: November 02, 2003, 06:23:33 pm »
I have two Furry stories now which I would love to finnish before I grow to old  '<img'>  . However I am haveing a real hard time finishing off the one and even starting the other . I doubt you can buy a spray to remove writers block ( anyone out there think they can make one?) but anyone have any surggestions that'll help  as im starting to go loopy . I want to put them up somewhere and they are at a complete stop hehe this is a kinda last straw don't often go pleading for help but this time I make an exception. HELP  '<img'>
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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2003, 09:23:56 pm »
':p'  I've had this problem for quite some time now.  I just had a really cool dream last night that might end up helping out....but I still feel kinda 'blocked'.  Sorry this isn't a suggestion, but I thought I'd add one more voice to the plea  '<img'>

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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2003, 10:04:56 pm »
You could try looking at the story from a new point of view.

Think about how it would affect the story if it were being told in 1st person and by various characters. Or think of how the story would differ if the time distance were different. That is, if the story it being told in an as-it's-happening kind of way, think of what it would be like if it were being told years later. Or if it's being told after the fact, think of what it would be like if it were being told as it's happening.

I don't know if that will help, but the instructor of my writing class says he does that sometimes when he's stuck.

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« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2003, 04:33:29 pm »
Thanks for the reply's much needed. Strangely I got a nasty case of flu at the moment and was off work for the day. I had nothing to do and then wham started writing. I have got the one started the other im still haveing trouble with but the other is fast becoming a bit of an epic hehe hope to post the first few chapters if anyone wants them.
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« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2003, 07:26:05 pm »
we all like stories, you know that.  Please post them.
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« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2003, 09:33:22 pm »
ahh I kinda posts on request to peoples e-mail it's less bother that way . At least then it's noticed I think it would get a little lost amoungst all the other better stuff here hehe never to be seen again. LOST IN FURSPACE  '<img'>
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« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2003, 11:12:08 am »
Don't be hard on yourself.  I think we all have times when the creative juices are flowing, and other times when the river runs dry.  If you get writer's block or things just seem stale, put the story away for a while, but maybe turn it over in your mind.  Some very famous and best-selling authors take years to finish some of their works; Steven King, for example, went years between installments of his Dark Tower series, and Jean Auhl went many years between her Children of the Earth series books.  Some authors grind stuff out regularly, but they are the exception and that's their style.  For other authors, writing is a slow and painful process, kind of like giving birth!  There is no right or wrong way to write.  The important thing is simply not to give up on writing or yourself ... '<img'>
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« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2003, 11:44:51 pm »
My advice for writers block (or any similar creative issues) is just to write something. Continue the story on a seperate sheet of paper, and keep writing even if its uninspired tripe, something is bound to set off an idea. You can always screw it up and bin it later so you have nothing to lose '<img'>



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« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2004, 02:49:03 pm »
I am not sure how to combat writers block.
Because I get it often, it happens right after I finish a long chunk of a story.

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« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2004, 05:07:35 pm »
Quote
by Firefox -
writing is a slow and painful process, kind of like giving birth
 Giving birth to an Alien, sometimes.

Anyway ... when I get writer's block, it's usually because I haven't thought up what's supposed to happen next in the story ... like not knowing how to go from point A to point B.  Sometimes it helps to sit down and think about the story possibilities, sometimes I'll put myself in the characters' shoes and think of what they would do next, and sometimes I blatantly steal ideas from books and movies.  As Tom Lehrer says (well, sings actually):

Plagerize!  Let no one else's work evade your eyes
Remember why the good Lord made your eyes
So don't shade your eyes!
But plagerize, plagerize, plagerize -
Only be sure, always to please be calling it, "research"

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« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2004, 06:43:19 pm »
When it comes to writing, I don't so much get blocked as distracted. I have precious little free time these days and tend to put off doing any writing until I'm in a creative mood.

On the occasion where I do struggle with my writing, I usually go pick through my library and see how other authors approach writing a scene similar to the one I'm having problems with. That usually gives me a few ideas...
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« Reply #11 on: March 08, 2004, 09:58:01 pm »
Since I started on my first story, I've experienced some writers block. Usually I'll just stop writing for a few days and start reading some books. That usually helps out in getting my mind back in order and it refreshes it so I can write some more. Hope this helps.  '<img'>