The feeling of getting out of a rut...
It didn't help that it was a genre I have never written before (Scifi/Cyberpunk).
After talking to some writing buddies, I sat down and made myself plan the rest of the book. After I did this, I started writing for it again and it feels good. It's fun to write outside my comfort zone.
That said, it is nowhere near perfect, and those early chapters will still make me cringe because I don't like how I set up the story, but that can be fixed with editing later on :)
What do you guys do to get out of ruts (i.e. Writers Block)? And how good does it make you feel when you do?
Dubs Wrote: I just keep on writing until it gets good again. One thing I've noticed is that you only ever feel like your writing is bad when you don't know where it's going, but as soon as you know where it's going you realize how good it is.
I love that mentality. It's how I felt once I got past that bump in the road with my story.
Happy writing :)
- Reading other stories.
- Watching movies.
- Pursuing new ideas. (Whether it be writing, drawing, or just imagining.) Basically just some sort of creative outlet.
- Rereading my own story. (This is also good because you refresh everything.)
One thing I do that I've mentioned on the forums before, is I'll watch a scene from a movie and ask myself, "How would I write this scene?"
How would I describe the character's actions/ feelings/ motivations in this scene?
How would I capture the ambiance?
What words would I use to describe what's going on?
Then I'll sit down and try and write the scene out, and see if it carries the same impact.
If it does, I'm good.
If it doesn't, what do I need to change so that it does?
Briizy Wrote: What do you guys do to get out of ruts (i.e. Writers Block)? And how good does it make you feel when you do?
For me, and I assume it's like this with most people, but they don't know it, writing block is about the critical voice inside our heads. Writing fiction is a creative endeavor, not a critical process endeavor. When we turn it into a critical thinking process, it becomes scary, or boring, so we tend to stay away.
What I do is convince myself that I don't care about the story. I just want to have some fun. And so I do.