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Giving Advice

People send me in questions all the time, so I thought I would start posting some here...see if anyone sends anything in here, too. I'll keep it anonymous, unless you want me to share your name, or anything like that. Kinda like a Dear Abby thing I guess. I'll try and post at least one a day.

Dear Em,

I’m writing a story, but I have writer’s block.  I’ve tried different plot ideas (killing off a character, removing one, adding a new character, changing them, etc.), but nothing seems to be working. I’ve even lost sleep over brainstorming and free-writing while trying to come up with new ideas. Sometimes it seems like everything has already been done.  What would you suggest would help my writer’s block? Should I just give up on my story all together, or keep going at it?

Yours, Blocked from Idaho

Dear Blocked,

First, let me just say, writer's block can be pretty annoying. It's great that you've been trying to get through it with brainstorming and free-writing! I think free-writing is one of the best ways that you can help yourself.

And, even though it can seem like everything has been done before, don't sweat it! There are new ideas everywhere, all around the world. It's what keeps us all going. But, for now, I think you need to take a step back from your story. Put it away, and take a walk instead, or just take a nap. Let the ideas come to you. If you keep pressuring yourself, you'll get nothing done. Write about something different, try a new style, or even write from a different perspective. And if all else fails, just simply ask a friend for some new ideas. Two heads are better than one!

Yours, Em

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