Writer's Block : Do's &
hits you when you least expect it and when it hits you,
you donít know where to turn and what to do and it hits every writer
in every form of writing. A writer having got his first screenplay
contract will scratch his head till blood starts pouring but cannot
find a way inside his characters head. An article writer looks at
the deadline and remembers his heydays when words flowed like water
and now looks surprisingly at the dry tap which is open but nothing
is pouring out and believe me nothing can prepare you for it. Your
god like powers to twist and turn words into symphony for your audience
and that very important but often insulted term money for you eludes
you, like a beautiful women a woman who was your soul mate, your
bedmate who laughed and cried with you now is standing there indifferent
and you donít know what to do.
before I delve into what to do I will delve into what not
to do :
Donít look at that bottle, that cigarette
that whatever is your crime for salvation, it the perfect
strategy for doom and depression.
2. Do not question
your ability and inherent writing instincts
they are not gone just your brain cannot find the missing
Do not believe that if you do nothing but wait for some
time Ö some days Ö some years Ö. Get
my drift. You may well write something else on some
other topic on some other character but the writerís
block that you had will not go away for that specific
problem which gave birth to it in the very first place.
4. Donít give to much attention to it
because if you do that it will turn into
a nagging spouse that will not let you sleep, eat, etc...
having established some ground rules on not what to do let
us look at what to do
Research: most writers ignore the
power of research and very often fiction writer do that
if you have got a character problem write the complete
bio on that character from his birth till now do research
on the setting, back-story, secondary characters and
more often then not a insight will at you in your face
and article writers and other technical writers need
to put in more and more research because thatís what
gets you a new perceptive
2. Writers block does not mean
that you have forgotten how to write so donít stop writing
write a free flow character graph write whatever comes
top your mind if you want one page write fifty and then
squeeze it to get what you want.
Sometimes writer block comes from inside from your own thoughts
about a particular topic or issue
your own perspective clouds your objectivity .fiction writers
donít want their characters to do something which they themselves
donít agree to and find ways to go around that, thatís dangerous
a writer need to be dispassionate and objective about his
article, issue, topic or character do not allow your own demons
and angels to cloud your writing.
So here are some do and doníts this list is not by any means
exhaustive but I do hope itís useful in bringing that elusive
beauty called writing back to you.
Contributing Author: Vishal Arora,
I am creative writer/scriptwriter working
with a mnc in the training field .I am a proficient in writing fiction
and articles on finance, technical analysis on shares and stocks
and also business development and general interest articles on any
topic from politics to social issues. My forte is scriptwriting
and story writing fiction.