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    Default I hate writing.

    So, here's the situation. I'm staring at page 38 or so of a ~40 page monograph that I'm writing for a degree program. It's a topic I'm interested in, though at this point not so much, and it meshes well with the ~120 page thing I wrote last year. A couple more of these and maybe I'll have a book to publish.

    But I am in the mother of all writer's block. This page has taken me three days. The idea of getting past it, and then having to finish the last two sections, and then cutting down the ~50 or so pages I've written to the ~40 page requirement is daunting. I certainly up my alcohol consumption by 3-400% percent while I'm writing.

    I've been here before - last years work, and my doctoral dissertation a while ago, were both traumatic experiences trying to finish. It's not that I'm bad at writing - give me a staff paper or an information request, and I'll whip something out in an hour. But once it becomes MY work, instead of a corporate product, game's changed.

    Anybody else write a lot professionally, and feel like once it becomes their own work it becomes super difficult to finish?
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    Default Re: I hate writing.

    When I'm having trouble writing on the computer, I start writing by hand in a composition notebook, not stopping to make corrections, just going stream of consciousness. I find the smooth motion of pencil on paper helps the words come out, and then I can type up a better version later.
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    i ended up in the mental hospital after i got writer's block with my video game's dialogue. the other issue at the time was i had to take an online statistics quiz that i needed to do well on, and i was stressing heavily about that. it was my dad's birthday, and there was seafood pasta. i ate that and figured if i could get drunk while using caffeine pills, i might be able to "blitz" my way through the quiz that i hadn't studied for. instead, i got black out drunk, ignored the quiz, and called my sister (who had majored in literature and philosophy) and asked her to help me finish my dialogue. i mentioned some stuff about ghosts and apparently i threatened her because she wouldn't believe me about the ghosts. so, long story short, i ended up in the mental hospital diagnosed with schizophrenia.

    the relevant part for you is that, after 5 months in the hospital with a very restricted caffeine intake and no alcohol, when i got home i just brewed some of the green tea i got for Christmas and finished the dialogue in no time at all (it was 30 pages, not 40 pages, but still a lot of writing).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goodkill View Post
    i ended up in the mental hospital after i got writer's block with my video game's dialogue. the other issue at the time was i had to take an online statistics quiz that i needed to do well on, and i was stressing heavily about that. it was my dad's birthday, and there was seafood pasta. i ate that and figured if i could get drunk while using caffeine pills, i might be able to "blitz" my way through the quiz that i hadn't studied for. instead, i got black out drunk, ignored the quiz, and called my sister (who had majored in literature and philosophy) and asked her to help me finish my dialogue. i mentioned some stuff about ghosts and apparently i threatened her because she wouldn't believe me about the ghosts. so, long story short, i ended up in the mental hospital diagnosed with schizophrenia.

    the relevant part for you is that, after 5 months in the hospital with a very restricted caffeine intake and no alcohol, when i got home i just brewed some of the green tea i got for Christmas and finished the dialogue in no time at all (it was 30 pages, not 40 pages, but still a lot of writing).
    Green Tea, the Cure All of Writers Block.

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    Just start writing. Summarize what you already have written. Write about new developments. Write about what pisses you off. Write about your pet theories. Just get content on paper. Then go back and delete, consolidate, and improve. At the moment, you need to expand what is possible. Later, you can remove the ridiculous.
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