Do you ever get stuck for ideas? Look no further. Here we have some excellent suggestions!
Authors offer some tips on how to beat writer’s block.
- Look at everyday objects and try to see them in a new way. I wrote my latest book after looking at a chair!
- Write down your dreams and use them for inspiration.
- Go back to fairy tales, myths and legends. See if you can retell them in a a new way, such as setting them in the present or even the future.
- Look back to the classics. Pick a minor character and see if you can retell their story.
- Write something out of your comfort zone, eg poetry if you write prose, SF if you write romance.
- Write with the idea of doing something no one else has done before, no matter how outlandish!
- Here they are:
‘Write ten words every day. Any words at all will do, but if they’re in some way connected with the piece you’d like to be working on that’s even better.’
Quite often when people pick up a pen or tap away at a keyboard they discover they’re not quite as blocked as they’d thought.
Write something you’re not supposed to be writing. Works on the same principle that when you need to do a chore, you’d rather do ALL other chores than that.
Shirley Anne Cook
Attend a writing school for a week, like Swanwick at The Hayes Derbyshire. I always come away with so many ideas for stories or poems It doesn’t have to cost money if you enter one of their writing competitions and win a week there like I did!
Don’t try to write sequentially. Skip to the next scene that excites you; you can fill in the gaps later. Write some back story for one of your characters. If you know more about them they may move the story on for you.
Pauline Suett Barbieri
- Put a mirror on your desk and look at your reflection for about three minutes. Then turn the mirror over and try to describe yourself as somebody else might see you. Say an old school friend and bring in the old and the new….
- Write a story that begins at two minutes past in the morning…..
- Write about a wedding where the bride realizes she is in love with the best man….give all her thoughts as she stand taking the vows with another…..
- Write about a childhood fear and bring it up into adulthood…..
- Try to remember the most difficult phone call you have ever had to make and write as if you are receiving it.
- Write as if you are a gambler with an obsession with the number 4…….
- Imagine you have coloured your hair green and it’s awful…and you have to go out on a date.
- Write about a work of art that you hate and why……
- Write about an argument you had with a friend and reverse the role.
- Write about a writer who has a writer’s block and has to come up with a synopsis for a novel so she decides to steal some blurb that appeals to her.
Whenever I feel the dreaded block, I turn to people watching (and eavesdropping, if I can do it discreetly). My favourite places are the bench by the Moon Pond in Studley Royal, which is part of the Fountains Abbey estate and just down the road from us, or the upstairs lounge of Starbucks in Harrogate. I’ll explain why.
Depending on the season, the footfall past my bench can be quite regular or spasmodic, but visitors from all over the country and indeed the world appear. Some are absorbed in their own affairs and just ignore me or give a brief nod to my existence. Others sit down to chat and tell me all kinds of stories about their reasons for being there, their travels and their lives in general. As soon as they’ve moved on, out comes the notebook and… Well, you can imagine the rest. On a quiet day, there’s nowhere better than the Moon Pond for contemplation. I can gaze at the water or just close my eyes and listen to the birds. Knotty problems of plot and character, even verse on occasion, untangle themselves in those surroundings, and I never return home without fresh inspiration.
Starbucks, of course, is quite different. The tables by the window look out onto one of Harrogate’s busiest shopping streets and I weave stories in my head about passers by who attract my attention. I note their physical appearance, clothing, what they’re carrying, whether they appear to be in a good mood or bad, their interactions with other people and so on.