"I have all my ideas and a general mental outline in place. It's putting my ideas on paper I'm having trouble with. Any advice?"
Asked by Anonymous
You said you have a mental outline, and that makes me think you haven’t written it down. If you’re having trouble starting or writing the story in general, I’d say definitely get the outline down on paper first, so you can have something concrete.
If you’re having trouble writing anything down, period, then there are a few things you could do. Sometimes, when I’m feeling like I can’t get anything down on paper, I take a break and go for a walk if I can. Distracting your mind by doing something completely unrelated to the story can help break the hold writer’s block gets on you, as long as you don’t let it last too long.
Another thing that helps me is to remind myself why I’m writing this story in the first place. Generally when you write fiction, you write about things you like and are passionate about (I would hope), so it helps to remind yourself about why you started this project. Maybe try to figure out three core things about your story that get you excited, and remembering those will hopefully inspire you.
If you haven’t written anything because you’re afraid of what people might think, well - screw those people. You have a story you’re passionate about, and you’re the only one who can write it. Even if it never gets published or you never show it to anyone, it’s your story to tell, and if it’s a story you love, you deserve to enjoy yourself.