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Writer's Block: The block that gets writers. I don't currently have it, but I'm undergoing some of the key signs. I usually "read it out."

What about you? How do you overcome it?
 

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I push through it by acknowledging, nine times out of ten, I really am not suffering from any kind of block whatsoever. What I'm suffering from is an insecurity about my writing. Once I remind myself perfection is unachievable and, at best, subjective, then I am able to get over my bad self and continue writing.
 

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Great way of looking at it, Mark. I think that's what I'm doing right now - suffering from my insecurity. Two-star reviews will do that to you, but - in the words of Tina Turner - I will survive. Hopefully my hair doesn't end up like hers, though. That would be bad.
 

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To  me writer's block is a crappy plot.  I stop writing when the plot stops being thrilling and/or compelling.  To fix this I start thinking up strange scenarios - what if...she jumped up on the table and started making a scene.  I laughed at that.  At first.  Wait - yeah...what if she did jump on the table, and then...and then...and then.

That's how I do it.  And she did jump up on that table and a few minutes later a whole bunch of people were lying around in a gooey heap of death.  It was awesome.  And she didn't even kill them, it's just that little act of defiance sparked another line of thinking that pulled it all together.
 

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I find that looking at my bank account, or categorizing my stack of bills will usually completely cure the first signs of writer's block.
 

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JanneCO said:
To me writer's block is a crappy plot. I stop writing when the plot stops being thrilling and/or compelling. To fix this I start thinking up strange scenarios - what if...she jumped up on the table and started making a scene. I laughed at that. At first. Wait - yeah...what if she did jump on the table, and then...and then...and then.

That's how I do it. And she did jump up on that table and a few minutes later a whole bunch of people were lying around in a gooey heap of death. It was awesome. And she didn't even kill them, it's just that little act of defiance sparked another line of thinking that pulled it all together.
That sounds like a great way of dealing with it. If something is really hard and/or boring for us to write, how interesting will it be for the reader to read? I did something similar, and it created a whole new subplot that made my villain feel more layered.
 
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