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There are usually deeper reasons about why you get stuck writing a story. It could be that there just isn't enough tension (conflict) in the story to begin with. For example, can you imagine someone telling you a story that goes like this: My friend George was free climbing a cliff the other day. It's a terrible story that ended tragically. At one ...


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Just skip to the next plot point and write that. Chances are that later on you'll think of a way to bridge the two, and then you can come back and fill in the details when that happens. I would guess that very few writers proceed sequentially through an entire work. It's good to jump around when you're finding yourself stuck; there's no point in stagnating ...


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Do you have some other parts of the story worked out? I would just jump ahead for now and write the next scene that you "know". Then, before you know it, you can fill the gap.


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your voice is to some extent a composite of the voices you read. Read lots of different authors of all different heritages, occupations, styles, and subjects. It's like eating a variety of healthy foods, or solving a bunch of different types of problems: you pick up a lot of handy tricks for your repurposing/improvement.


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READ. Read read read. I've been in your situation before, and reading helped. But make sure it's someone good: someone who gets you "pumped" to write. Might I recommend David Foster Wallace? Other stuff that worked for me: listening to emotional music before/slightly during; writing really really late at night (slash early in the morning—that middle-space); ...


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Just use Gemmell's rule, which is actually quite old. Have a character ask a question, any question. You'll never again get stuck with writers block. For example, "So where are we going?" The other man mumbled. "Gonna go buy steaks --" "What steaks? And who're you, by the way? I thought that we were ... " Your last chapter of course has nothing about any ...


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I think it's pretty common to get to the point where your inner critic is pretty much paralyzing you. When I went through a period of not being able to write, I finally made a deal with myself that in the first draft I could do no revisions, just write, but I allowed myself to make marginal notes on the order of "fix this," "this is crap," and so on. I ...


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An author once told me just to write 10 minutes every day, without any thinking about what sense it makes. That'll produce a lot of garbage, but sooner or later you'll find some great sentences and passages you might use to break through your blocking thoughts, because you have a new perspective. So it's like loose the focus to get focused again. Maybe ...


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You'll have to get to the root of what is bothering you. Is it related to attaining perfection? No one ever became perfect by doing nothing. ~anonymous Are you afraid that you'll get the words down and they won't be perfect or as good as you hope and it'll mean something about you? Are you worried that you'll prove you are not a writer? Here's an ...


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Some methods for finding your own words for others' ideas: Summarize the important ideas. Here are a few questions that can help summarize a passage: What is the net effect of the actions or events in the passage? What category or categories fit the items mentioned in the passage? What conclusion can you draw from the facts laid out in the passage? ...


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Relax. You just wrote a bunch of sentences in this post. You're fine, you're just a little stuck. Do you know what happens next in your story? If not, your issue isn't with writing, it's with planning. Try to brainstorm and figure out where you're going. There are a lot of different outlining worksheets on the internet and you could try one of those. If ...


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Stuff that works for me: I have a beer. Alcohol is an disinhibitor, and disinhibition is the exact opposite of a block. (If you don't drink alcohol maybe you can try coffee. Not sure why, but it works too.) I write thinking, "Okay, I'll write the idea first and I'll come back to fix the wording later." I write while listening to music. (For some reason, ...


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A method I use when I get stuck Is to take a clean sheet of paper and copy the problem passage onto the top of the sheet word for word backwards. I then read it, and rewrite it multiple times until it makes sense. often it becomes a different number of sentences. Other methods I use include expansion and contraction where you add words and ideas or remove ...


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Is this your own sentence, or someone else's sentence that you want to paraphrase rather than quote? First, there's a predication problem in that the driverless cars (the subject) cannot be claiming anything (the verb). So I would say, "The International companies designing and testing driverless cars claim that they can navigate roadways, change lanes, ...



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