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Ways to Get Unstuck


I just came across a great guest post from Stephen Blackmoore on Chuck Wendig’s blog Terrible Minds. It’s nothing that most writers haven’t read here and there, but I love the way it collects everything together into a handy list. If you write fiction, take a look. I’ll definitely be turning to this list in the future.

The mention of the cards in the first paragraph made me think of Story Cubes, something that I saw mentioned over on the GMS blog. They have even based a writing competition around them. They are designed as a game rather than as a tool for writers, but the underlying principle seems similar. Has anyone out there played with these, either for entertainment or as a writing tool? What are the tricks you use when a story gets stuck? Let me know!

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  1. Paul Murphy
    August 20, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    What about scotch? Also looming deadlines! And the rent is due! Stuff like that.

    • August 20, 2013 at 4:45 pm

      Motivators, yes. Techniques, not so much. Except Scotch, which makes every situation better.

      • Paul Murphy
        August 20, 2013 at 4:58 pm

        How about story ice cubes then?

  2. August 20, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Paul Murphy :

    How about story ice cubes then?

    A great metaphor for inspiration: there for a moment, then slowly melts away.

  3. Brianna Bias
    August 21, 2013 at 6:47 am

    I’ve found that collaboration is the best way to get out of a creative rut. Call up the most creative person you know and just talk to them about what you’re writing. Best case, they give you some good ideas for moving forward (or point out where you messed up). Worst case, the very act of talking about your work with someone who’s willing to listen reawakens your interest and motivation to continue.

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