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  • I'm not sure if this would be the proper place to post an issue like this, and even after reading the forum rules it is still unclear - so overall, I apologize to the mods/admins if it isn't.

    However, onto my problem. I have been creatively writing on and off for many years, going to school and taking classes for both English and writing, and working on small writing-based side projects (aside from my in-the-works stories for this site) for a long while. I have dozens of ideas floating about in my head, written on paper, etc. - most of which I have at least started, however, whenever I actually sit down to write I quickly lose interest. I read the stories in the WW, as well as finished tales on the site, published novels, and even listen to E-Books/creepypasta narrations; any time I do, I get this sudden urge to bust out a quick story (or at least work on one of my larger projects). I will write a paragraph or two, then suddenly and unexplainably become bored or disinterested - or on worse occasions completely hate whatever I'm writing and start over.

    I'm not sure if this is just a bad case of writer's block or what, but I need your suggestions. How do you skirt around "The Dreaded Block?" What do you do to help you focus on your writing and crack out a good story? I'm not asking for ideas on what to write for a story - I have plenty of those - I just need to know how to buck up and get it done.

    Thanks in advance, guys.

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    • This board is to post finished stories for feedback before posting, so I don't really think this is the right place for this.

      In addition, I advise against posting just opening lines. It's always better to finish a story, then post it to writer's workshop so we can give you accurate feedback and won't have to keep checking back to see if you posted more.

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    • Thanks, NedWolfkin, but the rules don't state that a story has to be finished for it to be reviewed; I have personally read through a number of unfinished stories on this board.

      I will probably end up taking this to a blog post or something similar (talk page, maybe?); but I do appreciate the suggestion. Probably once I actually finish that story I'll plaster it up here, I just want to make sure I'm on the right path with the direction of the story and level of understanding so far.

      Edit: Thank you EmpyrealIncentive for transferring this to the correct place!

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    • I never said that the rules said stories had to be finished, it's just unlikely anyone is going to want to read half of a story.

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    • I just want to write it so, I do.

      Unless you have a case of bad ADHD you probably aren't interested in writing CPs enough to write them, as of now. 

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    • I actually do not have ADD or ADHD, so that's not the problem for me in this case; and I feel like I want to write something, you know? Maybe not creepypastas specifically, but Horror has been my favorite genre for a long while and I want to try my hand. I've got a lot of stories in the works, but I've been hitting this block no matter what I attempt to write.

      I have read a lot of your stories, BloodySpghetti, and they are all very good; I'm genuinely surprised that with such a long list of tales under your belt you've never hit a wall when trying to sit down and write. I understand it's kind of a willpower thing - "just do it" - but do you have a specific process? Or is it more like "Oh, I've got free time, lemme just whip out a story"?

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    • I think part of the problem is it feels like you're forcing it. A Creepypasta should come naturally to a person instead of a person randomly deciding they want to write one without any idea of what they want to write.

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    • NedWolfkin wrote:
      I think part of the problem is it feels like you're forcing it. A Creepypasta should come naturally to a person instead of a person randomly deciding they want to write one without any idea of what they want to write.

      I could understand that notion, but I truly don't believe that's the problem here.

      As I've said, I've got a ton of ideas of what to write about, it's more like I am having trouble actually taking the action to type out the words in my head. It's not that I'm forcing an idea - or straining to come up with something - I just can't seem to force myself to actually sit down to write something. If that makes sense at all.

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    • Thomas Scriven wrote:
      I actually do not have ADD or ADHD, so that's not the problem for me in this case; and I feel like I want to write something, you know? Maybe not creepypastas specifically, but Horror has been my favorite genre for a long while and I want to try my hand. I've got a lot of stories in the works, but I've been hitting this block no matter what I attempt to write.

      I have read a lot of your stories, BloodySpghetti, and they are all very good; I'm genuinely surprised that with such a long list of tales under your belt you've never hit a wall when trying to sit down and write. I understand it's kind of a willpower thing - "just do it" - but do you have a specific process? Or is it more like "Oh, I've got free time, lemme just whip out a story"?

      That's not a complete list. 

      Usually, I just give myself time to come up with a story idea in my head and then make it into a story. I do tell myself "alright, we have the woods for the fire, now lets make a viking funeral" and just sit down and write it. Some stories are just spontanious though and I write them on a whim. 

      I've been writing for years now and I probably don't have enough material to fill a Harry Potter book even still. 

      You don't have to write everything in one take, you can write a few bits every day, or over a period of time. Maybe you're just distracted.

      Perhaps you just have to push through these first few paragraphs and then you'll do it. 

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    • Thank you, that's exactly the kind of advice that I needed. Just push through a little and a time and I'll get there eventually. Reading this was super helpful and inspiring, more than I can properly express, and it's greatly appreciated.

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    • If you have a reoccuring urge to write, you'll eventually do it. It's one of the intial hallmarks in artists. A simple desire, perhaps one that even seems out of our scope, that simply persists. As far as crafting a scary story, there are methods you can study and steps for reducing distractions while writing, but ultimately it'll be a matter of your creative process and your desire to complete this goal coming together long enough to develop a plot for your story and then converting it from your brain onto paper (or in most cases now, computer screen.)

      I can't tell you what will work best for you, but I can share the methods that have worked for me, and maybe you can try them out, put your own spin on them and find a great process for yourself.

      I develop my stories by walking around and talking to myself. Yeah, it sounds crazy but it works for me. (I get weird looks sometimes.) What I do is just go out for a stroll in my neighborhood and pretend as though I'm telling my story to someone walking besides me. I think the combination of physical excercise, endorphins from the speed walking I tend to do and the flow of creativity through the telling process just pulls the ideas out into the open.

      Find your enviornment. I have to have complete silence and privacy to write. No music, no television, no one else in the room. Some people can write with music, some people can write while their friends and family are sitting around, but for me, I gotta have my own little bubble. Find what setting works best for you and try to create in the space.

      Keep comforts nearby. I like coffee and cigarettes while I write. Stimulants to stimulate I suppose. So before I sit down to create, I brew up coffee, make sure I have a pack of smokes and then get into it. You don't want to stop and break your concentration, so have your comfort items on hand.

      Don't rush yourself. If it takes you a day or a month to write a short story, that's fine. Sometimes I'll look at my portfolio and realize that it's been a long time since my last story. There is pressure there to stay relevant and not slip out of the conversation, but from my experience, rushing is the worst thing you can do.

      There are also tons of great resources out there, totally free and just waiting for you to use them. The #writingcommunity tag on Twitter is a fabulous source of support. Facebook also has countless writing groups for all levels of experience, and those who haven't written anything before. Take advantage of those resources, network with experienced writers and never hesitate to ask for help when you need it.

      Finally, don't get hung up on writing "creepypasta." Just write horror. Defining creepypasta is just about impossible, and the trends, tropes and standards have changed so much over the years that the original "creepypasta" model of story is a footnote in history. What was once short flash fictions meant to be copied and pasted are now bonafied short stories, novellas and even some novels. Authorship has replaced novelty. There is no verifiable "creepypasta" model, there is only scary stories on the internet. So write to that.

      I hope this helps. If you have any questions or concerns don't hesitate to reach out!

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    • Banning, this is the sort of thing I needed - some methodology to simply try. Just as I said with Spghetti, I greatly appreciate the words of advice, and I will definitely take into account your suggestions. Thanks, man!

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    • I'm glad the advice had some value! The writing community online, both here and on platforms like Twitter and Facebook have really become a powerful, supportive and dedicated outlet for both new and experienced authors. We're all here to help eachother and grow, so never hesistate to speak up when you need advice or answers, and always return the favor when you get the chance to help someone else!

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