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Writer's Block! The demon of the Empty Page. Here are my strategies:
Listen to music. This works well when attempting to write a poem.
Read something. Even you can't make something original out of it, you can fill in plot holes, write a sequel, clarify vague endings, etc.
Take a walk. Be free to let ideas percolate. What do you see along the way? Plus studies show that motor activity helps mental activity.
A picture is worth a thousand words. Examine some quality art like the work on this site. :)
If you're caught in the self- doubt trap, remember that you can' t write too much without writing at least one good piece.
Or even learn a new artistic skill. Some ideas are better expressed in other ways.
Hope I helped.
Your life is enough inspiration for you. How 'bout you write about yourself but add a little, much creativity.
Writing a story, a genuinely good story, is like living. If you go out and experience the word, be daring, and take leaps of faith, your life, and your work, will be infinitely better. Why? Because adventure is one of the best types of inspiration.
World, not word.
I find that fiction is actually the easiest to find an idea about because your mind is free to create. Also if you look hard enough, there is always an idea somewhere. For evidence, read the desription of my Sci-Fi/Fantasy story Prey(Prologue)
Hmm.. go for a walk!
Everything I write about, is somehow inspired from real life, no matter if its Fantasy (my favorite) or Romance. I agree with some of the other advice above, just dont think about it. Live life, and soon enough someone or something will inspire you :)
When I have writers block, I usually pop in my headphones and fall asleep with them in. I get tons of ideas deep down in the dream section of my brain. You should try it. And don't be afraid to write anything weird. It came from you, and if you came up with it, its already perfect. :P
The most ordinary issue with classroom assignments regarding literature is when the teacher give you something to write. A true writer writes from the heart and the words just spill onto the paper; I write my direct emotions so wirters block is never really an ordeal unless I'm forcing myself. And the worst thing a teacher could do is tell you what the title of your prose must be! I never write the title before I design my art. That's like telling a woman her baby's name is going to be John, knowing theres a chance of it being a girl. For me, I never know what the direct outcome of my art will be -- labeling it is just a hassle.
Perhaps things would be easier: if you title first, try writing first. And if your teacher is asking you to constuct a given subject, try relating it to yourself and your emotions when writing.
I find reading a good book sometimes helps with writer's block.
You could write about life after death, it's the first thing that popped into my head.
I read, write, talk to different people, watch movies... poetry and simply looking at art helps a lot =)
Whenever I hit writers block, I usually just walk around for awhile or read some books that I own for ideas. Even a simple word may give you the boost you need.
Gosh, I have that exact problem. I turn to Owl City songs in times of horror--the lyrics are inspiration in themselves.
I think you cound listen to a song, and kind of make a story about it. Like of the person who wrote it, or make the song the perfect sountrack of your story, i think it'll help
Amen sister. Take from real life or dream experiences and work your writing mojo magic :)
Well, when I have difficulties writing I hear music and think of my favorite movies. Ideas start to kick in and my writing impulses are wild. Hearing music and imagining of another place actually helps me with a writer block. :)
I hate writer's block so much it is not even funny. I have a terrible case of it right now even.
Writers block is annoying, I completely agree with you! I also have the problem of not being able to write every day, which is especially hard because I'm working on a novel.
What I suggest is listening to music that realtes in some way to whatever you're planning on writing! Or if you don't know what to write, listening to music can help you come up with ideas and themes to explore. Also, reading books and articles helps me get in the zone!