Wednesday, January 30, 2013

When You Don't Know What to Write




You might hear a lot of writers comment about how they have more ideas than they have time to write.  Maybe you're among them--but what if you're not?  Then what do you do?

Well, inspiration is all around us.  It's up to us to take advantage of it.  There are times when we may find it hard to write because of stress or other life situations that crowd out our creative voice.

Where can we find inspiration?  Here are 4 ways:

1) Writing prompts.  They are all over the Internet.  Just search for them.

2) Read local news.  As they say life is stranger than fiction.  You might find something really unique to work with and build on.

3) Start small.  Maybe a novel is overwhelming and stifling your creativity.  Open it up by writing flash fiction.  Search Google Images for whatever subject you have in mind.  When you find a picture that speaks to you copy it and write a little passage on it.  Here are some examples of what I've done.

4) Live.  Do something you've never done before.  Just by going outside of the norm, you may find that story idea waiting for you.