Todd Lyden



SocMed/App Enthusiast

Monday, November 22, 2010

Breaking Writer's Block- the Lindelof Way
I haven't loved everything he is written, but I do like how he handles himself.
Here are four quick lessons on fighting writer's block from Damon Lindelof.
Let me talk about them real quick.
1. Find inspiration elsewhere
Obviously, what I am doing here. Read things, watch things, talk to people. Ideas and inspiration can come from a myriad of sources. I would suggest just experience life and be ready to notice. That is something that probably needs to be learned. "Go back to the same well."
2. Create Deadlines
We all did great work when we were pressed for time in school didn't we? That last minute push. Do it to yourself, not even to schedule, but to enforce the idea that you MUST get the writing done.
3. Collaborate When You Can
What a luxury for a TV writer, but the rest of us don't have that, do we? Find them! Use FB or Twitter to link up with someone to act as a sounding board. Let them read something and get ideas or seek out actual partnerships for writing. Never know you might learn something from their process!
4. Don't Go to the Supermarket Hungry
Ok, that sounds weird, but he was referring to being sure that you focus and not try to incorporate too many ideas. I can see how the others might lead to that and it is definitely a problem for me. 
I love the simplicity and you can see him talking about these here:
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