Posts Tagged ‘Writer’s-Block’

Breaking Through Writer’s Block Pt 6: More Translation Blocks, Crowding Blocks, and Final Advice

This entry is part 6 in the series Breaking Through Writer's Block

This entry is part 6 in the series Breaking Through Writer’s Block We all suffer from the occasional bout of writer’s block. This series started with the premise that different types of content meant different kinds of writer’s block, and needed different solutions to the problem. The immediate success of listing so many different solutions […]

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Breaking Through Writer’s Block Pt 5: Translation Blocks

This entry is part 5 in the series Breaking Through Writer's Block

Translation blocks are a type of writer’s block which occurs when moving from one level or layer of the story that you’re telling to the next.

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Breaking Through Writer’s Block Pt 4: Dialogue, and Narrative Blocks

This entry is part 4 in the series Breaking Through Writer's Block

This entry is part 4 in the series Breaking Through Writer’s Block In part one of this series, I identified several primary types of writer’s block. All but two have been dealt with; this article examines solutions to those remaining primary types: Dialogue Blocks, when you have a conversation to write but have no idea […]

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Breaking Through Writer’s Block Pt 3: Action and Personality Blocks

This entry is part 3 in the series Breaking Through Writer's Block

This entry is part 3 in the series Breaking Through Writer’s Block There are four more primary types of Writer’s Block that I identified in part one of this series, and this article is going to tackle two more of them, and offer 17 solutions to those specific varieties of problem. The types of Writer’s […]

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Breaking Through Writer’s Block Pt 2: Conceptual, Specific, and Setting Blocks

This entry is part 2 in the series Breaking Through Writer's Block

This entry is part 2 in the series Breaking Through Writer’s Block This article is going to provide solutions to three of the specific types of writer’s block identified in the first part of this series: Conceptual Writer’s Block, when you trouble breaking an overall story idea down into a detailed plot outline, Specific-Scene Writer’s […]

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Breaking Through Writer’s Block Pt 1: Types Of Writer’s Block and ‘Blank Page’ Syndrome

This entry is part 1 in the series Breaking Through Writer's Block

This entry is part 1 in the series Breaking Through Writer’s Block I’ve long thought that the term “writer’s block” is an oversimplification and generalization of a whole range of different phenomena that can afflict the creative endeavor. I have a unique perspective on the subject, being a writer, an artist, and a composer; all […]

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Vocabulary Hijinx: Using random word pairings for inspiration

We all have problems with our imaginations freezing up on us every now and again. While there are a number of things that you can do to kick-start your creativity when this happens, I have always found that it’s a good idea to have a stockpile of ideas that can be developed as needed for […]

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‘There Is A Hole In Your Mind…’: Solving Mental Block

Like all GMs, there are times when I know I need an idea, I know what the reason is and what will be done with it – I just don’t know what it is. There’s this empty spot in my mind labelled “Idea goes here”, but I’m absolutely bereft of inspiration, and the deadline is […]

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Cure DM Writer’s Block with a Map

Got writer’s block? Draw a map. This is one of the best ways to get focus, organize your thoughts, and get moving again on your campaign preparation. Sometimes I’ll stare at a blank computer screen with a game session only a couple days away and wonder if I’ll have anything designed in time. What always […]

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