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You want to write a story. Great! But the problem is that you're stuck before you've ever even managed to get the first word down on the page. You're just being taunted by the white page (or screen, as the case may be) in front of you.

If you haven't already, you may want to look into getting your thoughts organised. Figure out what you're going to write about, before trying to write anything. This may mean anything from making a few notes on a page to writing down every single thing that pops into your head, whether or not it's immediately relevant (my preferred method). With a more general (or even a very concrete) idea of where your story is going to go, the words should hopefully come a little more easily.

If that fails to work, try putting on some music. I tend to find that just putting on any old music will actually be counter-productive. Instead, try to find some music that matches the tone and mood of what you're wanting to write. Build playlists consisting of songs that remind you of your characters, or the theme that you're writing.

On a similar vein, open a window. Even if -- especially if -- it's raining. Open a window and put music on. And above all else, turn off the telly. Get away from video game noise. Avoid anything with a cadence (dialogue) or sound cues. But the window will do two things – give you an ambiance, and give you fresh air.

Still nothing? Go somewhere else. Even if that means just rotating everything in your office 90° (I like to do this once every two or three months). Replace your office chair with a wingback or a barcalounger. Put your computer in front of your sofa. Get a hammock. Go lie down in bed. Migrate out to the back garden. Find a quiet coffee house or a diner. Most diners, especially between the hours of 10pm and 7am, don't mind if you sit around for hours on end. Just, if you do, be sure to leave a generous tip. Do it enough times, and you may even start to get free stuff (I used to practically live at a diner for this reason).

Still nothing? Clean your room (or office). Again, the effects are two-fold. You're getting your blood flowing, and you're getting rid of any annoying clutter or mess. This also sort of works as a surrogate for moving to another location. It's hard to concentrate when you're staring at J20 bottles and Mars Bars wrappers.

If you're still coming up empty, make a snack. Get some tea, or some coffee. Get something to eat. But nothing that requires two hands. I like sandwiches. Sandwiches are awesome for writing.

If the white page is still taunting you, try a writing exercise. Especially if it's nothing to do with what you're actually writing. Just a quick something to get your brain cells working. Find a prompt and spend five minutes just writing down what the page wants to have written on it. Ramble. Don't worry about making sense; just write. It probably won't ever see the light of day, but sometimes you get lucky, and manage to kick start the thing you actually wanted to write in the first place.


And if all else fails, start somewhere in the middle, and fill in the blanks. Work backwards. Just get words down on the page. Again, just let the page tell you what it wants to see. Personally, I loathe writing out of order, but even I've been known to go this route in times of extreme distress.
A slightly different sort of tutorial. Really, just a collection of tips for getting over writer's block, or for if you have trouble starting whatever you're trying to write.

Usually one of these will work for me, and not always the same one.


I'm not sure why the links are not working. If they don't do anything for you, here's the first one, and here's the second one.
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Jaibee74 Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
Thanks.
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innercartwheel Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks for all the guides and tips, they've been really, really helpful.
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SSX12345 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks!
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Kitsunechann Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic <3 I'm pretty sure I have tried all of these, one by one, at different times in my writing life. They have all been a great help. <3
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Kenouni-Renashin Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
Nice, easy, simple tips. But you always forget the simple things when you're all ARGHHHHHHHH, don't you? Also, I'm jealous of your organised wall of notes. :)
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Ehrlka Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
This is great, it's nice to see all these tips in one place, there's always one you don't quite think of when you need it. I'll definitely be checking this out next time I'm staring at a white page, which will be pretty soon :S
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Brie92 Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Student General Artist
Awesome and a great help as always.
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losingmyfaith Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Student Writer
Great advice! I love it (:
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tetemeko Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
Whenever these tips come out, they are the highlight of my day. :)
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Acesulfame Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't usually listen to music when I write-- it's just too distracting for me. I used to be able to pull off listening to instrumental music, but even that annoys me now.

I still have to have some noise covering up the sounds from the rest of the house, though.

I usually choose either of these sites:

www.rainymood.com RainyMood: Just a site with a looping rainstorm soundtrack. Like the site suggests, playing music simultaneously is kinda cool. I don't do that when I write, but I love it when I draw.

www.simplynoise.com SimplyNoise: A few various kinds of 'noise.' I prefer the brown/red noise with the volume oscillating around 20%. Reminds me of a really light rain with cars driving by or, sometimes, of ocean waves.

Thanks for the tips! A couple of those are surefire ways to get me writing, and a couple I haven't even tried before.
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