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    Posted: 10 Apr 2017 at 12:37pm
In case anyone is similar to me and frequently suffers from writer's block, I found this quote from Dan Harmon that I really liked on how to deal with it:


 "My best advice about writer's block is: the reason you're having a hard time writing is because of a conflict between the GOAL of writing well and the FEAR of writing badly. By default, our instinct is to conquer the fear, but our feelings are much, much, less within our control than the goals we set, and since it's the conflict BETWEEN the two forces blocking you, if you simply change your goal from "writing well" to "writing badly," you will be a veritable f**king fountain of material, because guess what, man, we don't like to admit it, because we're raised to think lack of confidence is synonymous with paralysis, but, let's just be honest with ourselves and each other: we can only hope to be good writers. We can only ever hope and wish that will ever happen, that's a bird in the bush. The one in the hand is: we suck. We are terrified we suck, and that terror is oppressive and pervasive because we can VERY WELL see the possibility that we suck. We are well acquainted with it. We know how we suck like the backs of our sh*tty, untalented hands. We could write a f**king book on how bad a book would be if we just wrote one instead of sitting at a desk scratching our dumb heads trying to figure out how, by some miracle, the next thing we type is going to be brilliant. It isn't going to be brilliant. You stink. Prove it. It will go faster. And then, after you write something incredibly sh*tty in about six hours, it's no problem making it better in passes, because in addition to being absolutely untalented, you are also a mean, petty CRITIC. You know how you suck and you know how everything sucks and when you see something that sucks, you know exactly how to fix it, because you're an asshole. So that is my advice about getting unblocked. Switch from team "I will one day write something good" to team "I have no choice but to write a piece of sh*t" and then take off your "bad writer" hat and replace it with a "petty critic" hat and go to town on that poor hack's draft and that's your second draft. Fifteen drafts later, or whenever someone paying you starts yelling at you, who knows, maybe the piece of sh*t will be good enough or maybe everyone in the world will turn out to be so hopelessly stupid that they think bad things are good and in any case, you get to spend so much less time at a keyboard and so much more at a bar where you really belong because medicine because childhood trauma because the Supreme Court didn't make abortion an option until your unwanted ass was in its third trimester. Happy hunting and pecking!"
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It's true, my biggest challenge is overcoming fear based procrastination. Contests like this give me a kick because I know my story is going somewhere other than a giant pile of unread pages. I'm slowly trying to convince myself that if I write enough, my stories don't have to sit in that growing, unread pile.

Dang it, I just don't do well with uncertainty. Thanks for sharing the quote, it made my morning.
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My new favorite exercise to get over writers block is to use a prompt generator and write a quick drabble (exactly 100 words, not including title. Most of you probably know what drabbles are, but I learned about them recently). It seems to get the juices flowing, and some of them turn out to be really fun ultra short stories.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote KittNiss Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Apr 2017 at 3:25am
My favorite way to break writer's block is to start writing about someone with writer's block. At least it works for me

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If I have writer's block, I find an online article or advice column and write my comments to it. Getting into non-fiction, lifestyle stuff will always get me writing. So will sending emails to my friends. The main shift from that point is the creative fiction element. 
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