It is time that people stopped believing in the writer’s block monster, because for professional writers, this really doesn’t exist unless you are incredibly stressed and even then it is just an excuse to not write anything. I am not a professional writer and since I taught my brain to think differently about writing and what I write, writers block has never occurred. You really do need to train your brain into thinking differently and here is how.
A good way to conquer writers block and make it a thing of your past is to simply look about and clasp your eyes on something beautiful, unusual, interesting, anything. A bowl of fruit, a particular fruit in that bow, your cat or dog, events going on outside the house that you can see from your window, anything can help you to get back on track to writing.
You see, being a writer doesn’t mean that you sit down day in and day out writing the same thing over and over again or the same story even, until it is perfect before you go into your next project – no! An average writer writes a lot of different things, most of the time those things never ever lead into a story or poem at all. Because by and large it is the practise of writing which makes you a better writer, not dishing out as many finished projects that you are proud of sharing with others, most of your work will never be read by anyone but yourself. It is also good practise to not get into the habit of throwing work away if you feel it is not going anywhere, because you never know when you might need it.
You see practise really does make perfect. So look at that bowl of fruit over there and write about it, make at least a one full page description of it. What does it look like? Where are the shadows falling? What are the textures you can clearly see? Are there any fragrances emanating from the bowl to entice you to eat? You’d be surprised at how much you can write about this.
It all helps you progress not only into becoming a better writer, but a writer who actually writes regularly, daily – it helps you form the writing habit, which is essential if you want a career in writing eventually, because once the door is opened to you, you’d be expected to write a lot, so forming the habit of writing and thinking about writing practise snippets is really an essential part of an everyday writers life. You really have to stop believing in the writer’s block monster, because there are endless opportunities to write about something – anything!
Today’s prompt – An Accident – A Crocodile – A Satyr – Oysters – Friendship
There is plenty to play with here – remember to look for images of combinations of two or more of these words to help you with prompting a new story if you are having problems. Pinterest and Deviant Art etc. are all there to help inspire you!
Today’s prompts are – Cobalt – Sultana (title) – Fork Lift – Archaeologist – an engagement
These are some lovely prompts, giving me a few ideas again. Now remember to look up images of these things to help you come up with story ideas if you are struggling to think of anything.
Now you are probably thinking how can these word prompts be lovely? What kind of a story can I make there? Well, though the other day I said I didn’t like to think too much on these prompts as I am overloaded with writing projects already, I will tell you a couple of things that have come to my mind with these words.
Don’t always think of the Sultana (the wife of a Sultan) is always young, no! With these prompts I am getting a much more mature Sultana image and she is concerned about giving her son a wonderful engagement present. She knows that an archaeologist nearby is digging near an old cobalt mine and she comes to an agreement with him to find the best quality cobalt and cobalt workers to make a gift for her to give to her son; or perhaps steal a beautiful item from their ancestral graves? She will pay him handsomely after all. But in Story Land that never happens easily does it? Now how can you make something like this more exciting?
Another idea is that an archaeologist finds the burial site of a dead Sultana and it is beautifully decorated with lots of cobalt jewellery, pots and designs. But a drunken assistant causes a lot of problems when he accidentally sets off his fork lift truck full speed ahead and smashes the lot, causing huge troubles for the archaeologist in not just being likely to lose his job, but also by upsetting the spirit of the Sultana herself.
See, there is a lot to play with here.
Now go and have fun.
Today’s prompt – Dragon – Clarinet – Alien – Fear – Pineapple
I had an interesting passing thought with this one today, but I am trying to ignore it as I am too busy with other writing projects at the moment.
A giant – egg – snake – being ambushed – A tower
Now remember, you can use your own imagination to form a story here or you can get brainstorming by searching for two or more prompt words in Pinterest, google images, deviant art and any other image and art area. Go get your brain juices flowing.
I am sorry that I haven’t kept up with the daily prompts; because of the heat my monitor and a couple of other things around the house literally burned out and I don’t type well on a laptop so when my desktop computers are out, I tend to write by hand only.
I now have a new monitor for my computer, because hooking it up to the laptop was a failure for some reason, the icons on the desktop wouldn’t load up, just the background image.
But anyhow all this techy stuff is boring, let’s get on with what I am about to say.
I am going to restart the daily prompts from today onward, but this time I am going to let you think up things for yourselves – I don’t want to make my own brain think up new ideas because I am too overloaded with unfinished works and works that haven’t even been started yet! I realised on the second prompt I did, that my mind was working on yet another new idea and I realised I just can’t let myself think about the prompts I am giving to others for myself. I just can’t, I don’t have the time and I need to get finished with all this other stuff first – especially as I am trying hard to write more than I ever had.
Today’s prompts are – Sapphires – Gnomes – Ethereal – Pony pulled cart – An escape
Though I am not putting any energy into thinking about the ideas myself, I have to try and stop my mind and it is hard, because even this is giving me ideas. Anyway, I am just not going to put my mind there – but please do use these prompts to help you to write if you need it.
Also please reblog this onto your page and put your story or poem into the comment, so I know that these ideas are helping someone.
Thanks for reading.
Upon reading many websites this week I have noticed that some of them are absolutely right about one thing and that is, when you first initially write anything it is terrible, in fact so terrible you need to actually write about 600 – 1000 words before you do your actual writing; this can be done via journal, morning pages or whatever, but whatever you do you have to expect that the first 1000 words you produce each day will be crap, jargon and simply nothing but babble, much like this post.