Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tips For Knowing What To Do When You Get Stuck In Writing A Story

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Regardless of whether you have been writing stories for a long time or have recently picked up writing as a side project/hobby that you figured you might enjoy, you will sometimes find that things can be going smoothly with your writing for a while, and that you can then (all of a sudden!) find yourself stuck in a certain part of your story, realizing that you do not have the slightest idea as to "what happens next." While a few different approaches exist (each approaching tending to appeal to a different type of writer), many of the typical approaches are far more destructive - to the story and even the writer - than other approaches, and if you want to avoid losing the story altogether (or pressing through with the story and later realizing that it was all a bunch of wasted time, as you did not write anything good after you got stuck!), here are a few things for you to keep in mind.

Think it through: Instead of planning the next steps of your story by examining the big picture all at once, it is best to make sure you are only looking at your story in the light of "one step at a time," as this will simplify your thought process a great deal.

Write it down: A big mistake a lot of writers make is that - when they come up with an idea for the next step of their story - they assume they will remember whatever they come up with, but if you do not write it down immediately, there is a good chance you will lose it for good!

Wait: And sometimes, you will find that you are less likely to actually get anywhere when you are "pushing"; instead, be willing to sit silently (or to take some quiet, solo walks), and your breakthrough just might come to you of its own accord.

Becoming a better writer is a fun and adventurous journey - both for the upstart writer and the seasoned veteran - and when you follow these tips, you will know what to do when you hit those troublesome walls that sometimes stand in your way as a writer!

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