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How to tackle Writers Block: Ways to help you to share your ideas to the world!

Hello there!

I guess that you clicked on this little post to help out with your writers block. I bet your sitting here on your bed in your bedroom or on the floor pen tapping against your chin as you stare blankly at your screen thinking about that little block in your story, how to stop it and continue writing “the next Harry Potter.” Whatever your big dream/goal is, we’ve all had that massive problem of not knowing where the story is going or what is going to happen next after the big battle between characters A and B. But whatever your current situation is, I got the best writing advice I ever got from an author during a youth conference I was attending. This advice was the best advice that I have gotten during my 15 year existence but I’ve always kept it in my writing toolbox. This was the advice I got and whenever I have a writers block I always refer back to this:

“Whenever you have an issue with the story and you don’t know how to express your ideas, switch your perspective between your characters. This would help to move the story along easier” 

Basically whenever you have writers block just remember that this is your writing and that you are free to change your perspectives. Sometimes it even helps to be writing from someone else’s perspective. I mean how awesome would it be if Harry Potter was also written in Hermione’s or Voldermort’s perspective??

An example of different perspectives in novels includes the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare and look how many books she has written in the series!! Not to mention the prequel series The Infernal Devices and the sequels, The Dark Artifices. In the Mortal Instruments though (as an example) we see the world through the eyes of Simon, Clary and the villain which changes depending on the novel.

Basically what I’m trying to say here, the world isn’t black and white and that there is often more than one side to the story. Trying out different perspectives can help you to convey another characters thoughts, feelings and actions that sometimes single perspectives cannot do.

For example (I’m going to give an EXCLUSIVE preview of my own story here) this is from a SIDELINE character watching the MAIN CHARACTER

“I can’t run anymore,” The second girl panted, her hands on her knees as she tried to regain her breath “Just go on without me.” She urged her sister onwards. The first girl with that blonde braid walked up to her sister and hugged her close to her body. She kissed her forehead before offering comforting words that neither them nor I knew were true, “It’s going to be okay, but you have to be strong. We have to be strong.” She held out her hand for her little sister to grab giving her one of her flashing smiles to which her sister smiled back.

If they weren’t so caught up offering their comforting words, they would’ve noticed that that something had caught up with them.

Fear writes its signature all over the first girl’s face and made her eyes widen in alarm.

That same fear stops their legs from running and a scream from escaping their throats.

Yes I am going to leave you with that if you’re wondering. But that is from a sideline character called Carean and this scene is from his dreams that occur every night where he watches two sisters run away from home only to be caught up by “something” that I will not spoil. This whole dream thing is going to become deja-vu later on and that is why I wrote it in another characters perspective instead of the main character who is the older sister with the long blonde braid.

Later on though, the book will be written through the eyes of the main character but I wanted to give another angle to the story. I think different perspectives would stop you from making a main character who would seem boring especially if you’re thinking of writing more than a single book because you’ll see different layers to EVERY ONE OF YOUR CHARACTERS though different eyes and perspectives.

During my own writing process, I had an issue with the whole “what will happen next?” question. I guess I worked my way from this issue by following this. And this could seriously help you too!

  • Think of the craziest thing you could think of. The wackier the better! (e.g., aliens are on Earth and taking the bodies of all the adults!)
  • What would be the most epic way the main character can resolve this issue? (e.g., the teenagers and kids on earth karate kick all the aliens so that they leave Earth and return to their home planet never to return again)
  • Do what I call (sorry to all the vegetarians reading this) “Pulling the meat off the bone” basically meaning asking yourself the questions of who? what? where? when? why? and how? to give yourself an idea of what is going on in detail. Of course, this doesn’t need to be perfect! You can always change the details!

EXAMPLE: Aliens vs the main character (for these purposes let’s call her Katie) and her teenage rebellion!!

WHO: Katie, the teenage rebellion (her brother Bill, her friend Pete, her maths class friends Hannah and Trudy, her cousin Leah), the aliens

WHERE/WHEN: Town square during the day. Head alien is at the podium speaking to a square filled with fellow aliens. The rebellion is on the sidelines waiting for the right time to strike.

WHAT [is happening] – The aliens are assembling listening to their leader about the next step in their domination of the human race. WHEN they are interrupted by a certain group of young teenagers. Katie approaches behind the lead alien, silent as a mouse and hiding in the shadows remembering all her training from her old P.E karate classes. She sneaks behind the head alien using the shadows to hide her and karate kicks the head alien! The head alien reaches for her but Katie keeps fighting him as alien guards quickly rush to get her off their leader. The guards are intercepted by the rebellion where they fight in a series of punches and cartwheels engaging in an epic battle between humans and aliens. The fight ends in the humans winning watching the aliens fly back to their home planet.

HOW:??

As you can see, I didn’t answer all of those questions if so only briefly. It’s OKAY if you don’t know how (Katie overthrows the aliens in this case) it’s okay if you don’t know how the issue is resolved. I find that the more you daydream and wander and think about your story, the more your story will flourish like a flower.

Seriously! I went from a story about a crazy robot crashing into our school assembly to a Queen taking revenge on the woman who killed her parents and stole her sister!

Try those writing tips and tell me in the comments if they worked!!

 

 

 

2 comments

bookwithbane

OHMIGOD your writing is amazing! I am already curious. Girl you need to tutor me or some s***

27th Mar, 18
sylvs

So I shall young Padawan ;)

27th Mar, 18