Well, sadly there is no complete cure for the Cursed Writer's Disease. I do have some things that will assist in breaking through it though. One thing you can do is talk to someone- a friend, family member, whoever will listen. Bounce ideas off of them(just don't hurt them) and sometimes they can say something that will spark an idea and get those wheels turning. The next thing you can do is leave the story alone, completely alone. Don't touch it for a week, two weeks, a month, however long you think is neccesary. Just forget about it and work on something else and when you go back to it you will have a fresh mind so when you read over what you already have you can sometimes get the spark you need. Take a walk, get away from the writing. Go out in the fresh air. Change what you are working on it with. If you are working on it with pen/pencil and paper, switch to the computer. If you are doing it on the computer, switch to pen and paper. Talk to a monkey-talk your ideas out to a stuffed animal or a cardboard cutout. Switch points of view. Those are just a few but whatever you do, once you have broken through the Cursed Writer's Disease, write an outline of the entire story. The outline can contain action ONLY. No description, no dialogue, just the actions that happen. The outline will be the basics that you can fall back on if you get stuck. If you've placed a twist in the story that wasn't in the outline, rewrite the outline to include the changes but stick to action only. I did this with mine and I have found that it works SO much better than any other time I tried to sit and write. Hopefully one of my tips is useful.
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