I've been editing a short story for nearly three weeks and I'm stuck. When I was working on it the other day, I got so depressed I said, “I hate this. I never want to write short stories again. I never want to write fiction again. I suck at it too much.” In other words, normal feelings when you have writer's block. Pixar Writer's BlockThat's why I was so glad when I stumbled upon this recently:

“When you’re stuck,” said writers at Pixar, “make a list of what WOULDN'T happen next. Lots of times the material to get you unstuck will show up.”

I love Pixar, and I love this idea. So let's practice it.


The Story: Two friends run into a group of murderers (i.e. the sharks in Finding Nemo). Make a list of what wouldn't happen next. If you hit on an interesting idea, write a scene about it. Do this exercise for fifteen minutes. When you're finished, post your practice in the comments section. Have fun!

Joe Bunting is an author and the leader of The Write Practice community. He is also the author of the new book Crowdsourcing Paris, a real life adventure story set in France. It was a #1 New Release on Amazon. Follow him on Instagram (@jhbunting).

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