Chapter Eight: Pushing Through the Wall

I’ve been dealing with some writer’s block lately. 

It all stems from not having a creative outlet into which I pour my thoughts. While working on TGW, I had a whole universe to explore and discover. While working on the short, I managed to tell a unique part of the story in a fun and new way. 

But now I find myself sitting in front of the computer, idly tapping at the keys and hoping something fun comes out. I’ve been here before, unable to summon that spark of talent that dwells deep within. Thankfully, I’m not worried about staying in this stage too long. 

When I was in college, I spent many days staring blankly at my computer, hoping something would magically manifest from my brain onto the page. A large amount of my term papers was written overnight in a single stream of consciousness. It’s not really the healthiest way to stay ahead in school, but sometimes that’s the only way to keep the words flowing. 

When embarking on a creative endeavor, things are a little more complicated. Free writing is a great way to break out of a slump, but isn’t the write answer for everyone. I, for one, prefer to doodle scenes and flesh out the visual aspect of my stories whenever I find myself in a bind. It helps me see the piece from new angles. 

What helps you break through the wall? Share your own methods, and feel free to ask me anything. 

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