It’s been a while. Sadly life has gotten in the way, as it does for so many of us.
There are times in every writer’s life when things crop up and conspire against writing. Whether it be the latest novel, your blog (if you don’t have one, you need one!), your NaNo story (it’s coming quickly folks, are you ready?) or even just a personal journal, there are times when you have no idea what to write.
Writer’s block happens to everyone and the advice I see most often is: JUST WRITE.
Well, how can I do that, I have writer’s block. That’s the whole problem.
I know that it seems counter-intuitive. If you can’t write about anything, how are you supposed to write? That’s the beauty of it, though. You don’t have to sit there and beat yourself up because you can’t get the next scene in your WIP to come out right. You can write about anything else. Once you do, it’s easier to write what you want to be writing.
So here are some ways to jumpstart those creative muscles and get them warmed up:
1) Free writing - I admit. I’m not good at this. Abysmal, in fact. But if you can make it work for you, I hear it’s an effective tool to get you going.
2) Writing prompts – This is my personal favorite way to get moving. You can find them all over the internet and here are a few of my go-to links.
3) Have you ever seen Finding Forrester? It’s a pretty good movie. In it, Sean Connery gives the budding young author a writing exercise starting with copying the first few pages of an already published work. Pick your favorite novel, short story, article, whatever and start copying the beginning. After a little while, your imagination kicks in and you can go on your merry way spinning a whole new story. Just don’t make the same mistake the kid in the movie did and leave the beginning part in if you decide to submit!
4) Daydream – I read a great blog post about this not too long ago. Think of it more as directed daydreaming. Sit down and close your eyes. Picture the scene you’re trying to write like a movie in your head. Play it over and over until it runs smoothly just the way you want it. Then, write it down!!
5) Join a writing group! Whether online or local to you, a writing group provides a great support system for times when you’re struggling and even better when you’re not.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of ways to get you going. So please, comment below and share what works for you! We can all use a little push now and then.