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There will always come a point in a writer’s career where either he or she will run out of ideas for character inspiration. In fact, if you put all of your energy in a particular book without considering the thought of ‘what happens next’ type of mentality, that person can be you. I would not imagine someone ever not thinking he or she won’t ever come to a point. Some if not most of us have encountered these kinds of issues without ever bothering to consider where one should go for rejuvenation to spring over this horrible case of writer’s block.

Rather than facing those kinds of troubles, I do have a suggestion that might alleviate the pain for an author. In fact, I can think of several ways of curing this problem; unfortunately, I only have space to discuss about one method.

Possess a unique social life.

No, I really mean it. Writers ought to make sure they have enough friends that are unique and different in almost every way imaginable. My favorite kinds are total opposites in almost everything: thought, mood, and definitely interest. That is one of the reasons why I’ll (almost) never run out of different kinds of characters. There are several I can definitely think of that assist in advancing the plots that I think of. Sometimes people wonder about the kinds of people I create in writing, but this problem all bounces back to the people I know and the places I have seen.

Among the people that probably make it onto my ‘top 10’ list of favorite characters are roommates, classmates, co-workers, church members, girlfriends, and gays that I happen to know from different walks in life. If you want to make someone remember-able, study their behavior. Do they bite their nails, roll their eyes, and smell their socks? Are any of these friends bow-legged? Is there a particular manner or way someone talks to you that makes you feel happy or downright uncomfortable? These are things authors need to develop to keep their ability to pull, twist, and make characters of your own.

With this practical advice, I am certain many of us will find our way out of the deep mires that drag us into the endless spiral of writer’s block. Hopefully, none of us will have to deal with that for long.

Parker

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