I have been chasing a thought for the last week in my unconsciousness while i sleep. It has something to do with my protagonist in a screenplay i'm writing. Last night i nearly had it. When i woke up it was on the tip of my tongue, yet i lost it when my mind was occupied by an urgent need of urinating. I can't write without that insight of that character; it's his being and essence in one sentence i can't consciously form. It's like chasing your own shadow.
I'm not going to claim to be any sort of intellectual here but you should never have writer's block if you're really a writer. Writing words on paper/your computer is not hard and it is certainly not about inspiration. Just LITERALLY write words that form sentences.
attempt to think of new ideas to write about, and then starting adding detail to a plot/synposis/anything relevant to it as to what you feel the story will be about,
maybe you'll learn something by working on another idea anon after you took a week focusing on other ideas it could grant you a different perspective you weren't able to conceive/acknowledge before due to a pretense you were held back by (intentionally or a stygma you just held due to a lacking awareness.) Focusing solely on one thing will ruin you and muster any natural progress you could have with your book if you aren't working on multiple ideas, othewise you'll find that what you present is trash instead of electing to take time to carefully think of each aspect that goes into the story you're attempting to tell.
so, yeah - don't focus all your attention on just one idea or you'll become burnt out. also you'll become diluted/ hold a perception unwittingly that allows your novel to evolve to a better place THAT IF you had been working on other stories/ideas on the side may of became more aware of/ thought a different way.
I can only write based on fits of inspiration. Otherwise everything slows down and becomes an impenetrable sludge. I carry a notepad and pen with me everywhere, so that when I have one of those moments where I "remember" why that story I got halfway through writing was actually amazing (i.e., the original impulse of "WOW THAT'S A FUCKING INTERESTING PERSPECTIVE ON _______ I WANT TO TELL PEOPLE ABOUT THIS" actually resurfaces in my mind after being buried), I can immediately apply it to the story. Take the flashes of inspiration and immediately work them out, dredge as many chunks of them out of your unconscious before it closes up again, and then go spot-weld them to the story. Later, in hindsight, you can edit the whole thing and tidy out all the rough edges.
There are a lot of major authors and philosophers who wrote aphoristically, or who wrote their essays in "chunks" like this. I think I once read it of Emerson, that if you study his notebooks and journals, they are basically a series of brilliant little nodes of inspiration that he then arranged together to form cogent essays.
>>7661707 You have to understand yourself better. The source of writer's block is exclusively unique to the individual. You need to understand what motivates you, what interests you, what you find profound and you need to be keen of the situations that arise in your life that cause you to hit a metaphorical wall. There isn't one solution, as if that was the case, the human condition wouldn't be so hard of a puzzle to solve. Just engage in serious introspection and pay attention to what stimulates you and what doesn't.
People can offer you any amount of arbitrary exercises but it's unlikely their method will serve you beyond being food for thought.
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