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Creative Crisis Tips

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A creative crisis is the feeling when the author can’t write a single line no matter how strong is their will. There’s nothing new and original appearing in their mind, ideas just fly away. This is not a global crisis, but a periodic condition which comes to every author from time to time.

How to get out of that state? Here below are three tips (and the small bonus):

Crisis Tip # 1: No Fear

Fear is the frequent reason for the creative block to appear. This is the fear about a scenery (a play, an essay, a book) not to be perfect. The fear of making it worse than the author could write in their best shape.

To get rid of the fear, throw away all the evaluations. Allow yourself to write badly! It doesn’t matter that you can’t make it all great at once. You’ll come back to this text later to correct it.

You are not in a must of writing everything perfectly at once. Free yourself from this mental addiction. Even geniuses didn’t write like that. Outstanding authors could rewrite a single line 70 times in a row to get exactly what was needed.

So, are you worse?! Just write as it goes, and don't worry about the quality. You’ll polish the text later, once the time of editing comes.

Crisis Tip # 2: Investigation

Another reason for the creative crisis to appear comes from the absence of information. The author writes and then “BOOM”: no ideas on how to continue.

What to do? Investigate the problem looking on a story time, place and individual features of heroes. Check if you know everything about your characters. What’s their personality? Their advantages and lacks? If there are certain qualities for every hero, it’s easy to determine their behavior in this or that situation.

If the events of your story take place in “old” times, make sure you know enough info about that age. Read historical books, encyclopedias, stories. Get more and more knowledges!

The scene is to happen in a certain place? Fine, go and imagine that place in details. Draw the plan of the building or environment. What did your heroes come there for? How do they enter the scene? Where do they go? Investigate every detail, mark every fact, notice all the possibilities.

Gather as much information as you can. More info means more ideas!

Crisis Tip # 3: There Is No Tomorrow

No excuses. No “tomorrow”. Start right now. Just sit down and go writing.

Set up your limit: 1, 3, 5 or 10 pages per day. Put the deadline till you are to finish a book or a story. It’s not a catastrophe if you won’t do that in time. Delay the date according to your comfort.

Don’t forget about the motivation. Reward yourself. Remind yourself what you’ll get once the work is done. Perhaps you are the genius whose works are worth not only much money, but even Oscar, Booker or Nobel prize. But here is the point: nobody is going to be able to see your talent and to estimate your masterpiece if you won’t finish it. You have to work hard in order to show your ideas to the world.

Everything depends on you.

Bonus Writing Crisis Tip

The way that could help you overcome that kind of a stun: when the author sits in front of the screen and doesn’t know what to do.

For instance, your hero comes to a meeting with somebody new. You feel this “new guy” looking tasteless and pale as a character, and this is fine: the plot needs the newcomer to be someone like that. But the whole scene looks boring because your hero feels bored with that another character.

You can waste half of your day trying to make that piece of your text more emotional, and to get nothing as a result. You know that, right?

Try to change the point of view. Look onto the world not through the eyes of your main hero, but through the thoughts of that “newbie”. Think about that.

First, you get the possibility to insert some curious stories, to describe the internal world of that boring character. Second – you can show your main hero from the unexpected side. The newcomer doesn’t like him (or her). Well, for what? Then what should be the behavior? And why?

There you go!

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