Guys, i'm stuck. 

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Guys, i'm stuck. 

Guys, i'm stuck.  My story is just, well, stuck.  I can't think of anything to start it with.  Wait, cross that.  I can't think of anything to go on.  Let me give you a little:

Amber looked out of her window, and sighed.  Another day of watching cars leave, the kids squealing with delight: her typical Sunday.  She desperately wanted to go to church, but her parents were non-believers.  She thought of what Pastor Rick said when she secretly visited last time:  "If you ever want to join a small group, call me."  He had even given her his phone number.

But now I'm stuck.  What should i do?!!! *anxious frown*

submitted by Horse rider
(February 13, 2009 - 10:20 pm)

Sam M. had the same problem once, and these are the tips I gave him. I hope they help you!

Sorry about your writer's block! Here are some tips:


1. Don't worry. The first step in solving anyproblem is to relax. Unless this is a project for school, there's noreal deadline on anything, so just relax and don't worry about thinkingof something. It'll come to you when it's ready. That said, however...


2. Get ideas from other places. This isn'tplagarism if you just take the basic idea of a story you like readingand shape it into your own idea. For example, if you like Harry Potter,take your orphans to a magic school where they learn to become spies.See what I mean? I got that idea from Hogwarts, but when you put itinto your own story, it becomes yours. I think.


3. Read your story so far. Reading what you've already written can kind of ease you back into the story and give you ideas.


4. Make forumlas. For some writers, planning outtheir story before they write it can help. You may not be this kind ofwriter, but if you are, planning out what will happen can stop writer'sblock.


5. Put it aside for a while. Just putting aside your story can help you. Relax. Do something else. Then, when you're ready, come back to the story.


This is going to sound crazy, but...


6. Change the font. I know it sounds crazy, butchanging the font can really help you take a new view of the story.Switch things around a little and make it look interesting.


7. Set goals. When you have writer's block,writing one paragraph is a great effort. Two is wonderful. Three isheroic. Set yourself goals, like 'I am going to write 200 words today'and plow on ahead.


I hope these work!


submitted by Lena G, age 11
(February 14, 2009 - 8:22 am)

Is this the same girl who wanted to egg the teacher's lounge???  Hmmm.  *mutters under breath*  Anyway, maybe you could imagine what Amber feels and stuff.

submitted by Phoenix
(February 16, 2009 - 12:58 pm)

Maybe to continue it flowing, you can add on to the last sentence. "He had even given her his phone number, but she hadn't had a chance to use it. Yet." and then go on with whatever you want: she decided to call him, her mom called her down for lunch, etc.

submitted by Allison P., age 12
(February 16, 2009 - 8:07 pm)

Well, whenever I'm stuck, I write anything. Literally. I take my characters to the zoo, where they ride on camels. Maybe they go out for snowcones. Like I said, anything. Then, I go back and revise (a lot). That helps me think.

submitted by Annie M., age 12
(March 4, 2009 - 7:26 pm)