Writer's block. That teeth-gnashing, hated pause that you can't break at the short, precious moments at the end of your day that you have to write, and yet can't get beyond staring at a blank piece of paper or Microsoft Word document. It's a pain, especially when you know what you want to put in your story, just not how to say it. How do you deal with it?
Personally, I've tried many methods, from sitting on my roof for long periods of time to renaming a vast majority of document files manually to start typing something. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
I'm usually inspire by film and television for my writing, whether or not what I watch will be referenced to is a different matter. But overall, watching Battlestar Galactica, Stargate, and some other military/espionage shows really gets me in the mood.
I am planning on writing a book, but I have a bad case or writers block (I don't know how to start the book!). I set up a blog to help me gain some ideas for weapons and vehicles in the book, but no luck getting the first page finished... - Echo 1 18:38, June 9, 2010 (UTC)
When I've got block, I usually try doing something to get me in a writing mindset. Read a book, watch some tv, write a pre-write, just something to get you into the spirit of it. Then, I just start writing until I find my pace. Don't worry about how good it is on the first time through. You can always come back and change it later.
I do the exactly same thing as 118 for some mysterious reason.
I would usually watch a television series (LOST would be the best) to get new ideas... emotional scenes would be the best form. If that doesn't work, I would then turn up the volume and listen to some smooth music and stare at the sky/ceiling. A quick nap would help too. :) - 5əb'7aŋk(7alk) 13:47, June 10, 2010 (UTC)
Write the parts you know you can do first, then go back to what you skipped later, using what you already have as a bridge-the-gap. If you really can't write anything, start jotting random ideas on a sheet of paper. They don't have to be coherent, or specific, just the first things that come to your mind when you think of your story. Don't try too hard to think of something, it can be gibberish for that matter, just as long as it helps you understand what you want to do. Then form them into a story when you're done.
I usually just stop trying to write and go do something else. When I get my mind off of it, I can just come back later and the words just stream out.
As per Subtank and CT, I would watch a television show, a movie, or even play a video game, just as long as this television show is not a soap opera. When I'm trying to come up with a new idea, I have a conversation with myself (don't call me schizo!! it runs in the family) usually these conversations are brought upon by watching an interesting tv show, such as Fringe However it may take a couple days for these subconscious ideas to surface. Richard R. HuntIncoming TransmissionsOutgoing Transmissions
Watch/read fiction you like, listen to music, daydream, and take a shower. I do my best writing in the shower, and then I put it in words later. --Dragonclaws(talk) 07:41, June 12, 2010 (UTC)
What i do is find some free time where i have hours free and i just do it. I wing it and get it all down when i can. Sometimes i do it bit by bit, every now and again. Its totally up to the person but as long as you commit yourself to doing it and make sure you don't start something and then drop it (i'm guilty), then things will be done!
My way is to just make a guide on my book. But the draft changes way too often, so eventually I end up with 200 unfinished guides... - - Echoes are all you hear... 02:30, June 13, 2010 (UTC)
A quick nap should get it done.- Sketchist 03:13, June 13, 2010 (UTC)
For me, I usually listen to some high-energy or very inspiring music to get the job done, or play some good action game sequences. As a side note to my fellow LOST Fans, I'd love to hear your thoughts on the turn-out of the alternate universe
I thought it was ok. I'm not sure if I would have prefered it being entirely seperate, but at least now we know the characters managed to meet one another again and have a happy life. (or afterlife to be correct)
When I have writer's block, I move on to the next idea, and hopefully I come back to it later. Unfortunately, this happens a lot, though sometimes I can get back to some old things, the most successful of which being Taradia :P
I try watching movies and reading like stated above, then heading some place quiet and trying to visualize or act out what I'm trying to write. Since most of my fictions tend to be rather filmic in nature, acting out what I'm trying to write and seeing what it looks like tends to serve as a good visual, and keeps the idea fresh in my head. Of course, then it turns weird when somebody walks in and sees you leaping about, pretending to be shot at and mouthing silently like a maniac. I recommend it with caution!
The hardest thing to do is start - how to begin? I generally follow the route of "ignore the problem until you can't anymore". It's worked so far. All of my best writing has come from out of the blue - there are parts of Minorca Saga that I'm still proud of, some nice stuff in Losing Hope, and of course VORAUSSICHT. Inspiration comes from random places - I was inspired to start VORAUSSICHT from studying Ian Flemming's Casino Royale in a lecture. It simply came to me - a Halo spy thriller. I doodled in the back of my book, came up with a few names, and suddenly it all seemed to click into place. The Xenomorphs came later, though.
The most important thing is that you're inspired, and that your idea is one that you don't just like, but love, and want to do justice. After that, everything else is minor detail.
Ah, the writers block torments us all, it seems. While others attempt to refresh their minds, however, I just stare intently at the screen... for hours, sometimes. It may take a while, and the strain on your eye's will kill you slowly (trust me, I know). Still, after hours in the chair, I can be sure that my writing is of good quality. It seems as though writer's block is impossible to lose, however. As 306 had stated above, I also believe that the most important piece necessary to help you temporarily overcome this problem is inspiration and a game plan. --Christalk g:Pikapi|blog]] 16:49, February 27, 2011 (UTC)
Writers block, the bane of any story...
I'm currently experiencing it right now, and i'm still on Chapter 1!. I would reccomend listening to music that may tie in with your story. It doesn't even have to be Halo music if you're writing a Halo story. For Example, my Spartans are about to enter an epic battle, but I have no Idea how to start. So, off I went to Youtube, and after listening to some tracks, I immediately envisioned in my mind what would happen next. Good old Lone Wolf, Oldest and possibly the best of the Reach OST...
I pretty much use a lot of the techniques listed above, but I will add the following advice for specific types of articles:
Characters: Typically, when I'm in need of an extra character for a story or RP, I often base them off a characters from other video games, anime (responsible for most of my Japanese characters), and real people. Just make sure your "tribute character" is in line with canon. Your "tribute character" need not be from a series similar to Halo at all, so long as you can modify them into a manner in line with canon and common sense. For instance, Saeko Ryougi is in part based off of Shiki Ryougi of the dark "modern fantasy" anime series Kara no Kyoukai, with her supernatural abilities replaced with Necros technology.
Weapons, Vehicles, and Ships: If you are designing a weapon or vehicle, a good place to start is either to look at weapons in the Halo series on Halopedia and/or look at real life weapons on Wikipedia. Those can both give you ideas for designs and concepts of weapons. In particular, you can look at Halo weapons and look for things that might work as an improvement, for instance, my Warthog Armor Enhancements, based off modern Humvee armor upgrades, and the fact the the Warthog is an open-topped vehicle, with the crew exposed to enemy fire, I designed something to correct this.
To get an idea of how realistic a weapon, vehicle, or ship design is, picture the weapon on a table, lying against a wall and try to picture how it would fit in your hands. This can help determine if it seems plausible as far as excess attachments, ergonomics go. For vehicles, sometimes I look out a window or go outside and try to picture the vehicle parked in front of me, again, to see if it looks plausible or if it just seems to ridiculous. Same deal for ships and planes, imagine one flying overhead.
Locations: If your looking for a location on Earth, take a look at the general area your story or RP takes place in on Google Earth (I do this a lot with RP:Dwindling Flame and look for areas that would present tactically advantageous positions, such as mountains (passes as chokepoints, peaks for firebases, ranges as natural barriers etc), river crossings, roads, as places to position your troops. As for cities, I typically imagine them as having some of the buildings they have now, with numerous newer, often taller structures added in later. Structures particularly likely to be maintained for 500 years are iconic structures: The Empire State Building, the Washington Monument, Tower of London, The CN Tower, The Eiffel Tower, The Coliseum, The Burj Dubai, Tokyo Tower, etc.
For locations on other planets, one can still use Google Earth to find landscapes for inspiration. All in all, Google Earth has a number of useful tools for finding and creating plot locations, including 3D terrain, 3D buildings, and photos of the area.
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Just write something, anything and eventually you will overcome it. Doesn't matter what you write, as long as you write something, doesn't have to be good. You can always edit it later, that's what I do and it works pretty well for most people too. =)