Hello. I am an aspiring/somewhat good fanfic writer who wanted to ask you if you had any tips for writing? I can write well but a lot of times It's more that I can't physically write. I'll have the entire story written up in my head but I just can't put the words on paper. Do you have any tips for this kind of writers block? It's my biggest problem right now.
Writer’s block is the bane of our existence. It comes at different times and for different reasons. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you can find the reason and snuff it out at the source. Sometimes we want a fic to be well-received and unintentionally pile on the pressure. Sometimes we get a bad review and it knocks our confidence. For me, personally, I get “writer’s block” because I study writing. When it comes to writing for fun I’m burnt out.
My preferred method of tackling writer’s block is freewriting. There are multiple ways you can do this, many of which will serve to better your writing in time.
What is Freewriting?: give yourself a time slot. Five minutes. Ten minutes. Thirty seconds. Write without stopping – without thinking about what you’re doing. Just. Write. Sometimes you’ll write something amazing. Sometimes it’ll be terrible. Either way, congratulations, you’ve written something.
Now we’ll decide what kind of freewriting you might benefit from.
Location Freewriting: having trouble describing settings? Go outside. Write about the first thing you see. Write about the place you’re in. Focus on your sense. What can you smell? What you can you see? What can you hear? Write it. Go nuts. This is the one place you can overwrite, if necessary, to try and shake off the burden of writer’s block.
Character Freewriting: facebook is useful for this. Look at somebody’s profile picture. Write about them based on their appearance. Describe how they look. Describe what you think their personality might be like.
POV Freewriting: a lot of people struggle with perspective. They’ll describe an entire room to their reader without considering its importance to the character. The best way to conquer this is to walk into a room. Any room. And make a list of what you see. Then it’s time to freewrite a description mentioning the things you listed and only those things. Afterwards, go back into the room and look around. Did you notice the crack in the wallpaper? Did you notice the stain on the table? If not, they weren’t relevant to you. Would they be relevant to your character?
Dialogue Conversation: listen to the way someone speaks and imagine them having a conversation. If this doesn’t work – get a clip up on youtube or watch a tv show. Snag a line and create your own conversation. It’s especially useful to look up the punctuation of dialogue. I found this site particularly helpful for that.
Internal Freewriting: write about what you’re feeling. Don’t think – just write. Write as though you’re filling out your journal for the night without recalling the day. This is a great way to learn how to write first person perspective. It’s also a good way of discovering why you’re struggling with writer’s block and what you want out of yourself. It’s also a nice way to learn how to convey emotion.
Music Freewriting: listen to a song. Think about the mood it presents. Write. Just keep writing. Don’t think about anything. Write a description of a person, of a place or even convey a scene.
If freewriting doesn’t work: READ. Being immersed in writing you enjoy and admire will prompt you into wanting to write. It might not be an immediate sensation. It might come to you at 3am when you’re thinking back on a scene you like. It might come to you in the middle of the day as you recall a quote from your favourite book.