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TanazMasaba GOLD, Dhaka, Other
16 articles 10 photos 214 comments

Favorite Quote:
"You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's Heaven on Earth."

---William W. Purkey

TanazMasaba GOLD replied...
on Mar. 28 2010 at 1:48 am
its disgusting!! hey u kno somtyms i listen to sad song n write articles. i recently wrote "Public Love" inspired by cold as u- taylor swift....i'll post it soon but mean while check my other stuff n comment

TanazMasaba GOLD, Dhaka, Other
16 articles 10 photos 214 comments

Favorite Quote:
"You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's Heaven on Earth."

---William W. Purkey

TanazMasaba GOLD replied...
on Mar. 28 2010 at 1:51 am
my name is tanaz masaba and i agree......when i write its like im being me. there is no secret to how i feel no hidden thoughts and my writing always represents my vie of the world. Some people just dont get it *sigh*

_NoAir_ BRONZE, Toronto, Other
4 articles 1 photo 463 comments

Favorite Quote:
There are as many ways to live as there are people in this world. Each one deserves a closer look.

–Golly (Harriet The Spy)

_NoAir_ BRONZE replied...
on Mar. 28 2010 at 8:08 pm
Hey wildheart! I have a few suggestions for u! But first of all, what type of stories do you write? Plz reply!

sophietle BRONZE, Houston, Texas
4 articles 3 photos 34 comments

Favorite Quote:
"As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters." - Seneca

sophietle BRONZE replied...
on Mar. 29 2010 at 6:55 pm
I like to say that "a story is what stands at the cross between two roads." Try throwing two random ideas or words together and making a title or first sentence, and then seeing if that gives you a story. For example, one of my stories began from this sentence: "For the first time in living memory, Silvie Tolson came to school Monday morning wearing a new coat." Then I had to answer the questions that I had from this sentence, and what I got was the story. The first sentence doesn't apply any more to my story, which no longer contains Silvie Tolson or her new coat. But all you need is a sort of catalyst to get you thinking and asking questions.

Jigjoo GOLD, Many, Louisiana
10 articles 8 photos 30 comments

Favorite Quote:
Hello. My name is Muerte, and I will be your assassin today.

Jigjoo GOLD replied...
on Mar. 31 2010 at 8:11 pm
That sounds interesting, and I'd love to read a story that's branched off of something so simple as a sentence like that. As for me, I prefer to use a random word generator (found on your local google search engine) or simply open a page in the dictionary to find a topic. If you don't know what the word that you find means, there are dictionaries to look it up. More often than not, the stories do end up having little or nothing at all to do with the prompt, as your story did, but it is a good way to step back and let your creativity choose a random direction. If you don't like a word, you can always find another. Nobody's looking. ;)

loveisblind GOLD, Tenino, Washington
10 articles 0 photos 71 comments

Favorite Quote:
This world, it ends as you believe it to end; yet it'll live on to the actuall end, where then you admit yourself wrong.


loveisblind GOLD replied...
on Mar. 31 2010 at 11:36 pm
I live really close to a busy road. I sometimes sit, hidden, and stare at the cars and try to make up stories about the strangers life. It's fun, actually, and you can do this just about anywhere; in a mall, in a cafe, a movie theater, a park, even at your own home!

Then, if you find that boring or anything, try looking from the outside in- what people may think of you by a first glance. Do you look smart? What about different. Don't say you look like you, or go off of your personality, create an alternate reality where you life a better or worse life. It's actually interesting to do.

Then you have the basic change-what-you-write thing. I do that alot, and it helps expand my writing intrests. Last year I was writing about a Princess Warrior (trust me, it's more intersting then it sounds) and I had to put it down and write other about other topics- mental problems, depression in sevearl different levels (emo, suicidal, etc), kidnapping, abuse, stuff that wasn't my normal style. It helped.

Don't forget to read, read, READ! No joke. Try reading several different genres then you usually do. Example, if you read normally read romance or historical fiction, look for some fantasy or action books instead. Expand your horizons.

Next, try listening to classical music and make up stories that go with it. I know it sounds boring, I don't like classical that much, but the stories that hide behind the "Bethovens Symphony in E flat" or "Midnight Escape" can pull out and slap you in the fase screaming HERE I AM! THE IDEA THAT YOU HAVE BEEN LONGING FOR! USE ME! I play flute, and recently while I was listening to one of the songs that my band played for the concert I saw a war scene pop in my head; the people thinking they were safe hid in the slow and low calming notes after the fast rapid beats of the war. Out of nowhere, an army marches up, stomping with the beat of the drums. As the drums crescendo, the army gets closer and the peaceful notes grow lower and then softer until nothing is there. Amazing what came out of just a few measures of notes. Try it! 

Finally, go out and live life. Explore, hang out with friends, watch some movies, etc. Be yourself, that's the most important thing for anything, especially arts and crafts.

Sorry if this was long, but I hoped it helped all of you guys! I'm also sorry if you caught any spelling mistakes or grammer that I may have not caught!

amaranth178, Washington, District Of Columbia
0 articles 0 photos 118 comments
amaranth178 replied...
on Apr. 2 2010 at 11:39 am
I feel the same way. If I try to write and I'm not in the mood, I end up writing....something worth burning :/

katie-cat GOLD, McClellandtown, Pennsylvania
13 articles 0 photos 163 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Look after my heart, I've left it with you."- Edward Cullen
"To love another person is to see the face of God . . ."- Les Miserables
"Don't say the old lady screamed. Bring her out and let her scream." - Mark Twain

katie-cat GOLD replied...
on Apr. 2 2010 at 8:28 pm
I'm constantly rereading what I've written.  I think sometimes it actually does help.

k.james SILVER, Whitby, Other
5 articles 0 photos 110 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Love without action is meaningless, action without love is irrelevant." -Deepak Chopra

k.james SILVER replied...
on Apr. 11 2010 at 12:36 pm
Ya, this happens to me alot. But sometimes I find inspiration from music or what's going on in my life. If that fails than just start writing, you never know what you'll end up with :)

PurpleFeather BRONZE, Canton, Connecticut
1 article 0 photos 124 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The pen is mightier than the sword." - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

on Apr. 11 2010 at 2:14 pm
Whenever i get stuck, i just write about getting stuck. Just write whatever you are thinking. Like, i might write, "I'm soo bored rite now. I'd rather be playing video games. Anywhere but here. Why cant i get this story written?" Anything you can think of. I kno it sounds stupid but trust me, it works. A novel i'm working on came out of junk notes like this one. Something about the motion of your hands typing/writing makes your subconscious go to work. I swear by this method, it works even when you have an idea for a story and you're not sure where to go with it.

deathismyfavoritewordbutmygreatestfear SILVER, Collinsville, Connecticut
5 articles 0 photos 18 comments

Favorite Quote:
Without you my life was like a starless night

on Apr. 12 2010 at 6:42 pm
it like a quick write we had to do before. we would have to take a word and if we couldn't think of anything instead of erasing we would repeat the word. as you do that ur brain works on a word that fits with it, and this way you don't have to keep deleting.

vampiresrock GOLD, Cornish, New Hampshire
12 articles 0 photos 92 comments

Favorite Quote:
When life gives you oranges, make grape juice and sit back and let the world wounder how the hell you just did that.

vampiresrock GOLD replied...
on Apr. 12 2010 at 7:40 pm
I can totally agree with you...i have writers block right now and i can't get an idea...any suggestion? Thanks!!!! :)  

Cooling_Fever BRONZE, Roy, Utah
4 articles 1 photo 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
"We Partake In The Blood And Soul Of This Glorious Sacrifice."

on Apr. 14 2010 at 9:04 am
What do you like writing? Fiction, non-fiction?

smiley10507 PLATINUM, Fairview Heights, Illinois
22 articles 5 photos 9 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Don't put off 'til tomorrow what you can do today for today is yesterday's tomorrow."

on Apr. 19 2010 at 8:15 pm
Writers' block gets on my nerves. to help, all i do is get a nice glass of water, a piece of gum to get my brain moving, and i turn everything on so i can get ideas.

AshleyKaraline SILVER, Moultrie, Georgia
8 articles 6 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
What's the point of living if you're not going to live life?

on Apr. 26 2010 at 6:22 pm
I always try to find things that inspire me. Music is something that has always helped me.

RaoulDuke SILVER, Florissant, Missouri
7 articles 0 photos 5 comments

Favorite Quote:
Buy the ticket, take the ride ( Dr. Hunter S Thompson)

RaoulDuke SILVER replied...
on Apr. 28 2010 at 2:26 pm
I hate writters block. can anyone give me advice to overcome it??

SwallowedByInsanity PLATINUM, Hillsdale, New Jersey
22 articles 0 photos 44 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Love is a poison, but it is also the antidote."

on May. 4 2010 at 6:45 pm
Whenever i have writers block, i go outside and look at everything that's around me. maybe i could write a story about that girl riding her bike, or maybe that lonely old man that sits in a chair on his porch everyday. Whenever you've got writers block, the world is your writing prompt! :)

FightingBlurb BRONZE, Chicago, Illinois
3 articles 0 photos 8 comments

Favorite Quote:
I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. -Douglas Adams

on May. 9 2010 at 9:11 pm
My ideas are far and few between. Sometimes I'll sit down and scribble a thing or two, but I'm just not content with it. It feels old, cliche, just not something I'd wanna right. Try sitting down and just doodle on a sheet of paper, letting your subconscious take over. It helps so much.

BungalowBillPhotography, Juno, Alaska
0 articles 0 photos 144 comments

Favorite Quote:

on May. 10 2010 at 3:17 pm
While you write, listen to music without lyrics. Listen to only music with instruments, or you may become destracted from your work. 

One reason you may have writers block is because of not enough exersize, and fresh air. So take a break from your writing and go outside. You could take your pet for a walk, or jump on a trampoline.

Another thing: Go and hang out with your friends. The conversations you have with them can spark great dialogue for your writing.

Just take a break from writing in general. Try not to think about anything that includes the poem, novel, or short story. If you try to write, your writing tends to have repetion or people get the impression while reading it that you are trying to hard.

I hope I helped!!!! :)

Skitty_Kiddy16 SILVER, Rapid City, South Dakota
7 articles 8 photos 1 comment
on May. 10 2010 at 9:55 pm
Oh wow, do I know how that feels. Writer's block is the worst, and I know, because when I get it here in the middle of nowhere, there's nothing to inspire you. Up until recently, I just started getting the motivation to write fiction again. lol I'd just advise getting out, taking a drive through the town, or socializing with a group of strangers. That always pumps me up for new ideas. =]