Getting Stuck

(This is another photo I took on campus. Stealing is bad, ‘kay?)
(You may have noticed that I accompany every blog post with a photo. Ask me about it sometime!)

What do you do when you get stuck in your writing?

The proper answer is to write anyway.

Sometimes, it helps to step away from what you’re writing and write something else. Go get a prompt from either this blog or Writing Prompts on Facebook (*.

Then go to Write or Die (* and set a timer–make yourself write for the entire time that the prompt said to use. That should really get your creative juices flowing!

Once you’ve done that, your mind should be totally rejuvenated and ready to tackle whatever your original project was.

Sometimes you just write yourself into a verbal corner. You know you need to end that scene, but how? Your characters are having a conversation, and certain things need to be said, but how do you get it across without making it look like you’re trying too hard?

These things happen. Take them in stride. Head to Write or Die and see if that’ll crank up the part of your brain that knows how to end the scene.

I only wrote 100 words so far today. I’m going to get some more done before heading off to bed, but I let myself get behind today. I really need to sleep more. Or something. I don’t really know what it is, but I’m still not completely back up to normal speed, so here’s hoping I’ll get more done tomorrow.

I’m not beating myself up for getting so little done for now. But trust me, I’ll be kicking my butt into gear as soon as possible.

I’m ready to tackle another day as soon as I get some sleep. Here’s hoping it’ll be a better writing day.

* I was not paid to or asked to promote either of these pages. I just think they’re really great and hope you’ll like them as much as I do.

Your assignment: Use Write or Die for 10 minutes on normal mode. Write a short story in which a character dies for something he or she wants more than anything else. (This can be for the love of his/her life or falling to his/her death during a gymnastics competition. It’s totally up to you. What is your character willing to risk his or her life for?)

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