You don’t have to start from the beginning.
Start from a conversation that changes everything – you know the one; it came to you one day and inspired the whole story! Or maybe it was the cinematic scene from your imagination, or a quote that ignited the spark within you. The idea here is to start from the point of inspiration, and work from there. You don’t have to abandon the conception of a story just to start from the beginning of it – a beginning you don’t even have conceived yet, I might add. Instead, find a starting point of the writing process that works best for you.
Your individual writing process is more important than that of successful people.
Work on figuring out the procedures and habits that work for you by doing writing exercises that interest you. The exercises that heavily evoke your mental creativity and juice out the most inspiration from within you are the ones to save, work on for original concepts, and refer back to when you’re stumped. Those exercises will remind you why you’re so passionate about the story you’re working on or have in mind. They’ll serve as a catalyst for your passion for any project, and they’ll remind you where it all started when you’re stumped, so that you can start from there again, and keep on building in any which direction you choose. The procedure that works for you will allow you to flexibly develop your ideas rather than formulaically, perhaps in a way that doesn’t always work for everyone.
If you find that you’re constantly stumped while you write because you can’t articulate yourself well, read this.
The article will help you to understand the fundamental meaning and conditions of effective communication, so that you can better structure whatever it is that you’re trying to say to any audience.
Read what you (want to) write – often.
If the effective communication article doesn’t target your specific obstacle as a writer, try reading a book – any book (better so if it’s in the genre you write in). Reading more will help naturally diversify the thoughts that flood through your mind. If you read enough, it will even shape the thoughts in there, which will help you communicate the way you want to. Maybe through the material you read, you’ll be able to notice what works and what doesn’t in communication, by making an example out of what you’ve read. Refer to this article to understand how you can naturally “speak fiction.”
Stop writing that chapter or scene you can’t seem to get quite right.
If you can’t write a certain chapter, or continue a certain larger section of the story, any longer—you’re exhausted and want to bang your head against the wall, or are afraid if you keep trying to perfect that one passage any more, that you’ll lose interest in the story out of pure frustration—stop writing that chapter or part. IT’S OKAY. Just come back to it later, when you’re less afraid of it and ready to approach it again, probably in a different manner than you had the last time. NOTE: The moments after you temporarily abandon the writing you’re stumped on for the sake of your sanity are crucial; read the bullet point below to know why.
Yes, it’s okay to stop killing yourself over that one scene or that one section, but it is not okay to give up developing the story all together for any extended period of time.
When you’ve tired of that one pesky scene/chapter you can’t seem to get impeccably right at the time, take a short break (an hour or a few), and then focus your attention onto another chapter or random scene in the same story that you can continue or develop. Think of it like a fresh start. You’re still making progress on the story, that doesn’t stop because of one obstacle. And who knows, maybe that thing you opted to work on instead will inspire a new perspective or direction for the part you were earlier stumped on. Remember, you do not have to work in order; make the order that works for you.
Remind yourself that change isn’t something to be afraid of, it is something to be embraced.
Change can equal growth, and growth translates to development, which is one of your writing goals. In the event that your changes do not equal growth and development, guess what? You can change it right back!
Keep multiple drafts of your work so you don’t lose things in the process of editing, nitpicking, or rewriting. You need this advice – I know you.
There are going to be a number of people who do not understand you, your process, or what you’re doing locked up in your room for hours every day. Respect their ignorance.
They don’t have that writer-brain that you do; they don’t quite get how you can do what you do without going crazy, and that’s totally okay. If anything, they’re confusion of you makes you special.
Go on with your work. Never forget the end goal, which is to have a finished text to publish, and then publish it. You may feel disheartened now, like you have no support system at all, and you’ll even feel like giving up maybe because no one is validating you, BUT when you’re making royalties on your work and people adore you in a year or two, your personal success will be all the validation you need.
Remember that a writer’s process is many times vastly different from the technical, 9 to 5 worker’s process. You have to create, manufacture/develop, and then market your product for a while before you see success. Others only participate in one part of that process, often, so there’s an obvious contrast in lifestyle and way of thinking. Understand that, and respect your process, as well as theirs. They’ll respect you a lot more after you start making money, but you have to put in the work first. Don’t let their impatience ruin your potential for success. (Yes, this one is personal, and that’s why it’s such a long passage.)