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Getting over yourself; making the transition from thinking to writing
By Mona Gallagher   
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Last edited: Saturday, October 06, 2007
Posted: Saturday, October 06, 2007

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Do you stall when you're trying to write- get writers block? Try these tips.


When you write, be who you are. Mark Twain rarely used complicated and difficult language in his writings. He did what he did best; he told stories. Clear and concise language wins over long-winded complex sentences, unless you happen to be an attorney writing a legal brief.

You don't have to be in your writing element when you sit down to write, but it helps if you're rested and fresh. It's understood that many people work a full-time job in addition to writing. You do need, at least, some passion or interest in the subject on which you're writing.

As with any medium, some of us need a trigger to release the words, emotions, humor or satire that lie just beyond our immediate reach.

Getting started

If your writing inspiration comes to you when you're working, driving or shopping, you should carry a small notepad with you to record your key words or thoughts.

Is debate your style? Can you produce strong argument for your side of a debate? Building an article, oftentimes, can be approached in the same manner. Address the topic and give it your personal perspective with reason and argument to support your stance. With some adaptation, you can approach a story or a novel using the same principles.

I have a friend who defines each character by name, idiosyncrasies, occupation and background information. He describes the setting and a generalized plot before he ever writes one word of his story. This works well for him because he writes for one genre and knows the plot will revolve around certain types of characters.

If your style is to sit down and write without fleshing out your characters or plot in advance, you're in luck with today's word processors. Once you have a written a few pages, a few short keyboard actions can move and reorganize the writing flow just as you choose.

In my writing group we used writing prompts as triggers to get into the act of writing. For instance, we once did submissions on a topic that asked the question, "How does a broken plate view the world from under the table?" It might seem like a frivolous topic, but we received the most creative and amusing submissions and insight from this prompt.

Writing can be compared to putting together a new toy or appliance at Christmas time. Hands-on people don't bother with directions until they're needed. By-the-book people read the instructions carefully before they start. Do what works for you.

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