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Why we read fanfiction · 4:52pm Mar 31st, 2015

I just read Appletheosis by DuncanR, a story which doesn't have nearly as much love as it deserves, and it got me thinking. Why have I spend such an inappropriate amount of time reading silly horse words at the detriment to all my other hobbies? I play fewer games, read fewer books, and watch fewer shows. I've even gained an appreciation for grammar when before I thought of it as an annoyance.

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While normally I'd post a cute, silly, and customized message...AAAAAA, I'M IN THE FEATURE BOX AND THEY'RE POURING IN LIKE THE FLOOD IN THE FIRST HALO GAME!

2397632 Its not cancelled. I will finish Devious Days. I want to finish Death of a Salesman, and its planned sequel, and I will if I can get it some love.

For writer's block? Well, see my bio? Imo that's everything you need to know about writer's block. The reason you're blocked is because your self-critical voice is popping in and stopping your creative voice. You've got to convince (or suppress) your critical voice until you bring it out for editing and rewriting to allow your creative voice to speak. I think suppression of the critical voice is why so many famous authors have been alcoholics. For myself, I wrote DD plastered, mostly, and would edit and rewrite it sober before releasing it. For DoaS I was mostly tipsy. This, obviously, is not a sustainable way to write fanfiction and lead to their inevitable halt. With Double Vision I've finally been able to deal with my critical voice and actually write the damn thing. Which is why I'm confident enough to release it, unlike the other stuff I've worked on.

Some tips:
Personally, when I look at a blank page I feel anxiety. Never enthusiasm or excitement or the like. Anxiety, obviously, kills creativity. So I always keep most of the visual page covered with what I've already written.

There's a quote from a famous writer, something like, 'Writing is easy, you just stare the page until your forehead bleeds.' I tried that for a while and all it did was slowly raise my anxiety until I gave up. What I learned to do is distract myself. Whenever I feel distracted, anxious, a block, or even just an impulse to do something else I alt tab off my writing. Keep to things that are short and easy to drop. At all costs avoid distractions that you find compelling, like a show. Pick things you might even find a bit boring. My standard distractions are twitter and meme sites. I also like checking my notifications and alerts. Get nice little separated chunks of distractions that you can tab to and then tab off. By far, this was my biggest break through in dealing with my critical voice.
I'm actually writing while working on Double Vision.

Never write in silence. If you're alone, listen to music. If you're in public, go somewhere where there's a lot of background chatter but no major distractions. Inside a coffee shop is great. Outside a coffee shop is the opposite. Avoid anywhere you can hear someone else's conversation, or get headphones.
I find that the noise occupies a part of my brain that doesn't want to stop thinking, I think its the same part that the critical voice comes from. So noise will use up just enough of my processing power so that the critical voice is too busy to block my writing/creative voice.

Finally, don't force yourself to write. If you've got to give up for the day just do it. If you really want to but find yourself blocked before you even begin then keep your page open but do other stuff. Watch a show, read a fic, or whatever until you feel like coming back to the page. You wont consciously be thinking about writing but you'll be thinking about it subconsciously and that will help get your creative juices flowing.

I hope that helps. If I can finish Double Vision then we'll know my advice worked for at least one person.

hey, dont suppose you could share some inspiration about writers block eh? ALso, ever thought of dropping a short blurb at the end of your canceled story saying how it would end?

2394303 Cool, that'll be a fun distraction

I refuse. How about I send you a cat.

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