Thursday, December 16, 2010

Five things to do if (gasp) the words won't come...

(let your creativity soar)
So okay - there you are in your room with the shade down and the door shut nd the plug pulled out of the base of the telephone. Yo've blown up your TV and committed yourself to a thousand words a day, come hell or high water. Now comes the question: What are you going to write about? ~~ Stephen King

Here are five things to try if the words don't flow...

  1. Take a walk. If you are merely having a slow-brain day, the walk (oxygen to the brain) might bread up the log jam.
  2. Take out a clean sheet of paper and write anything and everything that comes to mind. This may get the words flowing.
  3. Make a list of subtopics to your main topic. Limit each item to one or two words... just an list of ideas to get you started.
  4. Write in another area (e.g., write a poem, write a shopping list, write a letter to a friend, etc.). It just might convince you that you are still good at writing.
  5. Work on your book or story anyway. commit yourself to writing a certain number of words. Be knid to yourslef and know you can revise later if it's not your best work.
Have a great day!


Caren Gittleman said...

thanks so much for these great tips! Even if you aren't writing a book and are a blogger these tips are fabulous for all of us!

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Jeff King said...

nice ones... I watch a harry potter flick,(1-4 5 and 6 suck) it works everytime.

Midwestern Mama Holly said...

You always give such great tips.. and they work too.... which makes them even better =]

eeleenlee said...

Great tips. These are all little islands of calm and order.

Glynis said...

Useful tips and reminders, thanks.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Lou . good to meet you - I came over from Mason's site .. as you say it's taking time out .. it's like 'sleeping on it' .. then the answer comes .. have a happy festive week ... Hilary

Joanne said...

Walking works wonders for me. It's a great way to ruminate on ideas. Also writing about subjects we're passionate about helps inspire those words, too. I clicked over from Mason's, enjoyed browsing here ...

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