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TaylorSmith7598 BRONZE, Fort Loudan, Pennsylvania
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"God provides the wind, but man must raise the sails." -St. Augustine

"When the world tell you to give up... Hope whispers 'try one more time'"

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on Oct. 11 2012 at 6:12 pm
When I read a book, it sometimes strikes up an idea with just one little sentence. If say you read a book about a kiddnapping, then you wrote a story on kiddnapping, it's not taking their idea, there are probably MANY other books out there with a similar topic. Try reading around. Maybe something will inspire you.


Thornybum GOLD, Carlisle, Other
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To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.

Thornybum GOLD replied...
on Oct. 13 2012 at 3:38 am
I know exactly what you mean! I have really bad writers block now, so I just hope something good comes from it!


Ray445 BRONZE, Havre, Montana
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You were the lighting in that rain. You can still shine in the darkness- Snake-MGS 4, GOP

Ray445 BRONZE replied...
on Oct. 17 2012 at 12:42 pm
try looking out the window. Imagine this: Where is my charactor? What would he do? Listen to music, read other books, and lay on your bed and let your mind wander. Works for me


leopardchica77, Livermore, California
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life is about trusting our feelings and taking chances, losing and finding happiness, appreciating the memories and learning from the past

leopardchica77 replied...
on Oct. 17 2012 at 11:12 pm
it's weird for me i always work best in the morning and when i am listening to music


realbeautifulheart PLATINUM, Livermore, California
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"Life is a package that you have to sign for. Yes, it's free. No, there's no guarantee as to what it holds. Open with caution, it's 'FRAGILE'." (I made this up.)

on Oct. 17 2012 at 11:48 pm
For me it's whenever + music + my computer! Haha


hidden555 SILVER, Dennis, Massachusetts
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"You don't have to be good at something to love it."

hidden555 SILVER replied...
on Oct. 19 2012 at 8:26 pm
Try using personal connections in your writing. Meaning, put some of the things you've done into your writing. A lot of great writers do. Most pieces now a days are based on personal experiences. Good Luck. Looking forward to reading your writing. 


Jacelyn PLATINUM, Ft. Irwin, California
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Jacelyn PLATINUM replied...
on Nov. 1 2012 at 4:02 pm
Whenever, I get writers block, I make myself keep writing. I never save my work but I just keep writing. This forces it to go away and I'll most likely end up with SOMETHING acceptable


Willowmantis BRONZE, Denver, Colorado
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"He was leather, I was lace"
- Keltie Colleen

Willowmantis BRONZE replied...
on Nov. 11 2012 at 3:00 pm
Writers Block should sort of, kind of, really decay in a catacombs within itself. I cannot bear it, you cannot bear it, we teen writers are tropical fruits to this planet with bohemian potential and we all cannot stand Writers Block! Whether you've got strength in songwriting, poetry or any thing that falls in the lines of works of words we have to succomb to the fact it exists though never give up. Writers Block is a perfect excuse to be the perfect writer, author, anybody who is willing to spread their wings in this ARRAY of industry and focus.  Here are some quotes from some pretty familiar names who understand what we go through, they know what we've been through:  Kurt  Vonnegut once said - "Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?" Where as Stephan King cleverishy quoted beginning stories are 'scarry moments' - "The scariest moment is always just before you start [writing]. After that, things can only get better." Then we've got the beautiful philosophy of Mark Twain, "The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one." sort of a conditioning to taking off into a story or whatever your destination from the first word to the last :)  I myself am currently suffering through the Writers Block curse at the moment, I am so insecure with what I say I feel as though everything should be poetic and pish-posh, I can't bring myself to use simple words and I feel as though my story is simple when my words are simple. With struggles such as mine its not only myself, but ourselves who have to be thankful for this grace which has laced our minds and ambitions, its a detox and sometimes we could only wish for a good structure, start or anything regardless to stitch our stories... 


Naesmarts SILVER, Clinton, Maryland
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Naesmarts SILVER replied...
on Nov. 12 2012 at 3:04 pm
You know that feeling you have after a discussion or an arguement where you come up with great things you should have said.. take that scenerio and build a plot around what happened. there you go..easy story  :)


WingedSilhouette13 BRONZE, Pennsauken, New Jersey
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on Nov. 30 2012 at 5:22 pm
Listen to music with a meaning (I like Adele) and just write. Even if it's not related to anything you're writing, just write, it gets you ready.


KatMalon SILVER, St. Louis, Missouri
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You miss 100% of the shots you never take.

KatMalon SILVER replied...
on Dec. 2 2012 at 10:20 am
My English teacher once taught me to open up a newspaper or magazine and find two random titles and then combine them and write about it.  These always turn out to be on the funnier side.


AislinnBluejay GOLD, Sag Harbor, New York
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"I did not ask for the life which has been given to me, but it was given nonetheless. And with it, I have done my best."--Ekho, from Lost

AislinnBluejay GOLD replied...
on Dec. 8 2012 at 8:58 pm
The key to being a writer or storyteller is being able to sense the inspiration in the air you breathe.


E.J.Mathews GOLD, International Falls, Minnesota
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E.J.Mathews GOLD replied...
on Dec. 14 2012 at 9:59 pm
What usually helps me with writer's block is moving on to a different project. Sometimes staying on one thought can make you get bogged down. Thinking about something else for a while can help the mind think of fresh thoughts.


Aishiah BRONZE, Central Point, Oregon
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Look past the errors; you may just find the irony within.
-Myself

Aishiah BRONZE replied...
on Dec. 17 2012 at 3:24 pm
Try to use your own experiences and real life situations an over exaterate them. My life in my head is always more exiting than the real thing so that is what I write about.


IMSteel BRONZE, Wallhala, South Carolina
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"Learn from Yesterday, live for Today, hope for Tomorrow" - Albert Einstein

"Brevity is the Soul of Wit" - The Which

IMSteel BRONZE replied...
on Dec. 22 2012 at 2:02 pm
Being outside in nature helps me a lot.  Doing something new all the time helps keep you alert and on the wire. I once got into such an unexplainable state where I could not write. I hope no one else experiences that!  Ugh!


jdaniels1779 BRONZE, New York, New York
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I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
Maya Angelou

jdaniels1779 BRONZE replied...
on Dec. 26 2012 at 10:55 pm
well, When I get writers block I just take a stepback and look at the world as it is. There are so many issues and topics going around in the media that can inspire you. you don't always have to make it up :) For  instance, In The lord of the flies the author was inspired by a war his country was going through : )


Anansesem BRONZE, Cave Spring, Georgia
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"Will our life not be a tunnel between two vague clarities? Or will it not be a clarity between two dark triangles?" ~Pablo Neruda

Anansesem BRONZE replied...
on Dec. 30 2012 at 3:38 am
Writer's Block! The demon of the Empty Page. Here are my strategies: Listen to music. This works well when attempting to write a poem. Read something. Even you can't make something original out of it, you can fill in plot holes, write a sequel, clarify vague endings, etc. Take a walk. Be free to let ideas percolate. What do you see along the way? Plus studies show that motor activity helps mental activity.  A picture is worth a thousand words. Examine some quality art like the work on this site. :) If you're caught in the self- doubt trap, remember that you can' t write too much without writing at least one good piece. Or even learn a new artistic skill. Some ideas are better expressed in other ways. Hope I helped.


Osesie SILVER, Abuja, Other
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Christ in me, the hope of Glory!!!!!! -The Holy Bible.
Just cuz every one does a thing doesn't make it right.

Osesie SILVER replied...
on Dec. 31 2012 at 7:45 am
Your life is enough inspiration for you. How 'bout you write about yourself but add a little, much creativity.


Nattlesnake, LAGUNA BEACH, California
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"Dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem..."-Walt Whitman

Nattlesnake replied...
on Jan. 5 2013 at 12:31 am
Writing a story, a genuinely good story, is like living. If you go out and experience the word, be daring, and take leaps of faith, your life, and your work, will be infinitely better. Why? Because adventure is one of the best types of inspiration.


Nattlesnake, LAGUNA BEACH, California
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Favorite Quote:
"Dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem..."-Walt Whitman

Nattlesnake replied...
on Jan. 5 2013 at 12:32 am
World, not word.