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I need some

I need some help. I'm writing what (in my opinion) is a pretty good story. Somthing drastic just happened (in the story, of course), and I don't know what to write next! At first I thought it was just a classic case of writer's block, but it's been like 2 weeks and I've come up with ZILCH!


:O, Gionna 


submitted by Gionna E., age 12, Shawnee, KS
(August 7, 2008 - 10:56 am)

I had a month-long block once.

submitted by The Man For Aeiou, age 12, Museica
(August 7, 2008 - 7:59 pm)

Ooh, tough. *sympathy pies*

submitted by TNÖ, age 15, Deep Space
(August 31, 2008 - 4:11 pm)

If it were me, I'd just start working toward the ending. I read that you shouldn't make the resolution too unexpected, like having the character wake up and realize it was a dream, etc. Anyway, good luck!

submitted by Hannah M., age 12, Ohio
(August 7, 2008 - 8:36 pm)

You have the plot spelled out, right?  You know what's gonna happen in the end, right?  Well, skip the scene you're stuck on right now and keep writing when you next know what's gonna happen.  Later, you can go back and fill in the blank.

submitted by Baide K., age 14, Somewhere in th
(August 9, 2008 - 5:56 pm)

No! Don't plan ahead, unless you are willing to deviate from your planned plot (heh). Trust me, otherwise you kill the story.

submitted by TNÖ, age 15, Deep Space
(August 31, 2008 - 4:12 pm)

Try going in a bunch of different directions from where you are stuck. I mean just do anything that pops into mind. Like say the main character, Sally's mom just died. You could have Sally grieve for a long time and then meet her dream guy at the graveyard, or Sally could vow to avenge her mother's death, or she could cope by eating LOTS of candy and then gets really fat and has to work out, OR you could have Sally celebrate because she really hated her mom. See I thought of all that in like 2 minutes. Chances are you'll eventually have a good idea. Hope this helped!

submitted by Wendy C., age 15, Ohio
(August 12, 2008 - 2:01 pm)

Think about what you want to happen next in the story.  Once you think of that, find a way to fill it in.  This happens in most good books, so don't freak out.  I write lots of stories, and a good one with chapters takes at least a year, unless you're like my brother who is a turbo writer.  He can write a forty page book in a week!  Be sure, when you think you're done, to go over the story three or four times, even if it's long.  My friends and I make movies and I do the editing, and trust me, it's really simple to make the stupidist spelling mistake, even in the title of the movie, and people say I'm a good speller. 

submitted by Paige P., age 12, Gorham, Maine
(August 12, 2008 - 6:24 pm)

Mmphhh! *smothered giggle* You spelled "stupidest" wrong.

submitted by Emily L., age 13, WA
(September 18, 2008 - 8:48 pm)

Wow...  That is so like me...  :)

submitted by Paige P., age 12, Gorham, Maine
(September 30, 2008 - 5:25 pm)

Try going back over the story. Revise, etc. Then maybe you can find something to change that will get your story going again. :]

submitted by Hannah R., age 13, New York
(August 13, 2008 - 11:47 am)

You could try opening up a blank document and writing every word that pops into your head. It's not a 100% WB cure, but it's worked for me before (coughScrenzycough)

submitted by TNÖ, age 15, Deep Space
(August 31, 2008 - 4:14 pm)

I got past my block! Thanx everybody, you helped a ton! Good luck to all the other "aspiring authors" out there! 



submitted by Gionna E., age 12, Shawnee, KS
(September 3, 2008 - 5:21 pm)

Just go on the computer and start typing out possible things that could continue the story. After a while stop and look over the ideas and choose one. There will probably be one you like! :)

submitted by Kate W., age 12, Chicago
(September 3, 2008 - 7:58 pm)

I've had a half a year case of bad writers block. Bad luck it's horrible!!!!!!!!!!!

submitted by Liddy V.
(November 7, 2008 - 10:24 am)