block trick

anonymous asked:

Do you have any suggestions for writer's block? I've been struggling really hard with writing a few fics and I just can't seem to get back into them. I'm also having family trouble and it's gotten pretty bad, and it's really affected my writing. So I was wondering if there's anything you knew that could help?

Oh, honey, I’m sorry to hear you’re having family trouble, that’s never a fun thing to go through :( I hope it gets resolved soon, and that things will turn out right for you.

To answer your question, I’m just gonna go completely on personal experience here and list a few things that usually help me when I feel stuck in my own writing.

Rule no.1 - Don’t try to force it.

To initiate a staring competition with your computer screen in the hopes of it making your inspiration bounce back to life, is widely regarded as a bad idea. It’ll only increase your frustration, and leave you feeling even more down than you were from the start.

Step away from the computer. Do something else. Go for a walk. Do your laundry. Clean your kitchen. Vacuum the floors. Something monotone and repetitive that doesn’t require too much focus. It tends to get the thoughts flowing. I personally have solved most issues with my fics while wearing my running shoes. It’s not for everyone, but that’s the most reliable tip I have.

Rule no.2 - Talk to someone about your ideas (or lack thereof).

Get a hold of someone, anyone, and ask them to help you. Tell them you’re stuck. Don’t focus too much on why you’re stuck. Just accept the fact that you are, and then start discussing your original ideas, moving towards where you want the story to go rather than where it currently is

Odds are your friend(s) will have an entirely different POV than you, and they will most likely be able to provide you with some fresh input and ideas. Play around with it. Joke about the plot. Bring up things that are completely ridiculous and out of character, then try to envision a scenario that would make such actions and events make sense. It’s good practice to get the imagination back on track. And suddenly, hopefully, some word, or thought, or mental image will trigger the solution or idea you need for your story.

Rule no.3 - Go read other people’s work.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying you should go out copying what other people have already written. What I’m saying is for you to go out there and get inspired by other people’s stories. By their characterizations, by the way they choose to move their plot forward, by the language they use. Don’t focus on creating, only experiencing, because that’s where most of our inspiration come from.

Rule no.4 - Create a timeline/outline.

This is more of a planning thing, really, but it’s what I always do when I start a new fic.

First, write down a timeline for the plot in a separate document. Where does the story start? Where do you want it to end?

Write down the main characters’ feelings and emotional states, along with other information that’s relevant to the plot at these different points. What differences do you see between the start and the ending?

Now start marking out relevant turning points of the plot in the timeline. What major events do you want to happen during your story? When do they happen and in what order? What do these points entail for your characters? How do they make them feel? What consequences do they bring and how do you plan to solve them? Should the consequences be solved at all?

Once you know where you’re going, and which events you have to clear before you get to the ending, all you have to do is start filling out the blanks.

Write down an outline describing how the characters get from point A to point B. And then from B to C, to D, all the way to whatever letter your plot happens to end on.

This is a good way to prevent writer’s block during the process of writing a story, because you’ll always know what part to write next. You’ll never have to worry about writing yourself into a corner with no way out, because you’ll have the metaphorical map and compass at the ready throughout the whole process.

This way it’s also easy to add events and plot-points to the story without losing track of the original idea :)

I hope that helps. Also, if you’re willing to give Rule no. 2 a try, my inbox is always open, and you’re more than welcome to dm me whenever you like :)

Good luck with your writing, sweetie, and hang in there. Things will get better, I’m sure of it.

Lots of love to you, honey. 

Good morning. A man just bought my Chick-fil-A breakfast because he thought I was cute then asked for my number and I was like ‘bet.’ and gave him my Google Voice number instead and imma block him for tricking me into that and using public social pressure to get my number out of me even after I insisted he didn’t need to buy my food. You spent 7 dollars my man, calm down.


The Cell Block Tango done on pole.

Doodling Away Writer's Block

If you’re like me, you have bouts of inspiration where words flow from your fingertips and scenes seem to write themselves. But you also have moments of intense, mind-numbing writer’s block. There’s always that one scene that’s essential to your plot, but you don’t know where to go or what to do with it. Well, my dears, I may have a solution for you. Ready?

Draw your scene.

I can tell you’re panicking. Don’t panic! You DO NOT need to be an artist for this exercise to work. Just trust me for a minute. 

Where Did This Come From?
I learned this trick in college by accident. After being assigned a short story, I was rolling along pretty well until the one scene reared it’s head. I was stuck for days. I had two characters, a place they needed to be, but no idea how to get them there. One day during a particularly boring political science lecture* I started doodling. 

As I doodled, I ended up sketching the scene I had been thinking about for the past few days. I drew my first character, then my second. Then the setting. The secondary characters. Their facial expressions. Different facial expressions. Before I knew it I had dialogue bubbles, and the beginning of a scene I had struggled so hard to formulate in my head.

When I spoke to my professor about the phenomenon, she explained that it was actually quite common. It was something she had seen other writers do before, and was even an exercise she used to use in her freshman writing courses. Now, whenever I get stuck I draw out my scene. No matter how sloppy or silly looking, the simple act of doodling my characters and what’s around them helped me work though more scenes than I can count. 

How To Get Started
The goal is to get your mind thinking about your scene in a different way. Again, you do not need to be an artist. You can draw photo-realistic portraits, or you can draw stick figures. It doesn’t matter. As long as you know what is happening in your scene, it will work. 

Need to draw a fight scene, but don’t know how to initiate it? Think about what you have of the scene so far. Your characters, right? Draw them. Are they in an alleyway? Draw it. Are there onlookers? Draw them. Is the ground gravel, or dirt? Draw it beneath their feet. Did one of the characters drop his backpack in the heat of the fight? Draw it on the ground behind him. Put as much detail as you can possibly think of into the drawing of your scene.

You might need to draw the scene again and make some changes. Keep drawing until you see character ‘A’ drop his backpack, walk over that crunchy gravel and right in front of his classmates, and punch character ‘B’ in the face. Keep drawing until character ‘B’ stumbles backward and trips over that discarded box (that started out as a dumpster, but oh-well), holding his bloody nose.

Why It Works
Seeing your characters on paper can force you to notice details about them and their setting that you otherwise never would have. Drawing your scene gets you out of your normal head space and into a new one with new perspectives and ideas. It has been found in several studies, including one by a professor at the University of Plymouth, that doodling increases concentration, focus, creativity, and memory. It’s not just a theory, guys!

“Doodling is a form of external thought that allows you to visualize the connections you are making while thinking. In the conscious mind, doodling can assist concentration and focus but even in the unconscious mind, while doodling and day dreaming, connections are made.”
- Giulia Forsythe

This method may not be for everyone, but it certainly helps me and several other writers I know. I hope that sharing it will help some of you as well.
*CreateAndNarrate does not condone daydreaming, zoning-out, or otherwise ignoring political science lectures, even if they are particularly boring. Doing so may or may not merit you a C- in the class.

Just remember, if you’re feeling down and out, Odysseus would want you to know that Nobody cares.
—  Me I’ve literally been waiting all day to post this joke it’s been haunting me ALL DAY.
Block B Reaction: Trick-or-treating together

Zico: We got a lot of sweets, didn`t we?

Taeil: Honey, this lady called me a kid!

Jaehyo: [When some auntie says he`s so handsome that she wants to give him all the sweets] Ah, thank you so much!

B-Bomb: Hope we didn`t get all these because they pitied our costumes~

U-Kwon: Can you please rate my aegyo with a candy?

[Is given the biggest candy]

Kyung: Honey, we got about 2 kilos of sweets in just 1 hour! [celebration dance]

P.O: We`re gonna make those costumes work tonight, babe~

- Vivian ヽ༼>ل͜<༽ノ

(As always, gifs aren`t mine. Credits to gif owners)

What the signs are as things I saw in Halloween
  • Aries: a baby S.W.A.T officer
  • Taurus: toddlers running around the block missing houses to trick or treat with
  • Gemini: some teenagers toilet pepering my neighbor's car
  • Cancer: me giving some candy to the baby S.W.A.T officer (he didn't get candy from the house he went to)
  • Leo: my friends fighting over a Air Head (mini) bar
  • Virgo: me making leaf angels on people's front yard
  • Libra: a dad dressed like a baby and a kid dressed like his dad with a sign saying 'help me raise this baby plz'
  • Scorpio: some big black dog chasing me after leaving the owner's house
  • Sagittarius: some teen dancing on the roof (probably drunk)
  • Capricorn: a sign on the door saying
  • Aquarius: me accidentally trading my only Snickers bar for some jawbreaker
  • Pisces: a sign on the door saying "Dear kids, just because I don't have candy, doesn't mean you should sue me. Have a nice Halloween"

I still have trouble functioning properly, but things are looking better and I’m somewhat getting over my art block, yeah. The trick is to stop giving a shit. Even the crappiest doodles will bring me a little closer to where I wanna be, or at least that’s the mentality I’m trying to have

So yepp you might start seeing some more fanart and other random half-assed stuff from me. Thanks for all the support you’ve been giving me, guys, it’s been super kind of you <3