writers’ block – as you might’ve guessed from previous posts where I’ve talked
about that very topic, though, I’m not one of them. Writers’ block sucks.
it, but today I want to just offer up some quick fixes. On a deadline? Or maybe
you just really want to write but you’re kinda clogged up in terms of
inspiration? Whatever’s eating at you, hopefully something on this list will
help you out.
of Thrones (man, it gets me every time), or ‘Buckbeak’s Flight’ from Prisoner
of Azkaban. Anything John Williams is usually a good bet, actually. You can
find great soundtracks on YouTube or Spotify.
2. Iconic scenes.
above: browse YouTube for a couple of scenes that always get you. Maybe it’s
Dumbledore’s death and when everyone raises their wands to burn away the Dark
Mark, or maybe it’s an epic fight scene, or your favourite kiss (Emma Swan and
Hook’s first kiss in Neverland, anyone?). If you know there’s something specific you’re struggling with, try to find a great scene with that kind of vibe or situation.
3. If you’ve got a little more time: try a
book, or a movie.
not. Whether it inspires you, or you just lose yourself in it and feel kind of
refreshed afterwards – you’ll probably get something out of it.
4. Writing prompts.
go with it and create a new story, or anything like that. I mean, sure, if you
want to do that, go for it. But here, I’m talking about browsing writing
prompts (Google, or even look around Tumblr or Pinterest).
because it would really fit with your story where it is. Or, just picture how
your characters might respond in the situation the prompt offers up. Similarly,
you can search around AO3 in your favourite fandom/ship and take a look at some
of the AUs. Maybe you’ll find some inspiration there.
5. Try fancasting your characters.
Compile yourself a little list – complete with photos – and maybe after that
you’ll feel a bit more motivated to work with your characters again.
6. Got an idea for a scene but it doesn’t
come next in the story?
you won’t. The worst bit about beating writers’ block is trying to overcome it
in the first place. Once you’ve written something, you won’t feel so daunted or
7. Reread what you’ve already got.
favourite scene so far, or right from the start. Something will hit you –
whether it’s something you want to build on or something you want to fix. Or
maybe you’ll just read through to the end and find a couple more paragraphs
worm their way out of you. Hey, at least you’ve written something. Progress is
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writers’ block! What works best for you when you’re trying to beat writers’