How to Find a Subject to Write About: Blogger's Block? 4 Ways to Find Writing Inspiration

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Get Inspired - Writing is Right

We all have things that we procrastinate about doing, one that seems appropriate for this particular Hub is how does one return to their Hub after a period of absence and re-ignite the creative spark that got you started in the first place, seamlessly of course! Blogger's block, writer's freeze, what ever the reason, it can be very difficult to simply pick up where you left off.

Unfortunately, the search engines don't send you a reminder card, they do however, tend to forget you like a one-night stand, as they prefer fresh content on their SERP, as they also have a reputation to uphold! In fact, there are so many creative new fish in the sea of .coms that google and the other search engines won't even know you that you have left. Writers abandon their precious work all the time. Folks get busy, life happens, distractions abound, must our words of wisdom fall to the wasted word wayside? Maybe not.

There must be a way to collect and can those original revelations of potential paragraphs that came to you while stuck in traffic the other day, then simply open your canned container of word gems at a later date while in the company of your trusty keyboard. But will it work? My own experience was telling, I found that I also had to recapture the creative mood, which is, by the way, not so easy to transport. Don't despair, there are a few things that I found helpful...

1. Schedule a writing time each day, I know it sounds contradictory but the brain must be trained to be creative. Otherwise, it is too easy to put it off. If it becomes part of your daily routine then it becomes an accomplishment. Like most things, you will have productive days and down days but...you are writing! I always loved to write but until I actually signed up for a creative writing class which forced me to create an assigned paper each week, I was not putting thoughts to paper - thinking about it doesn't count. Because of this class, I now have a binder of original short stories that I am immensely proud of.

2. Get those thoughts out on paper, however rough, it doesn't have to be perfect, that's why they call it a rough draft. I really got hung up on this one. I would write one sentence, revising it numerous times and then out of frustration, I would quit because I was not getting anything accomplished. Although it may be difficult, I learned that the best way to preserve those random bits of creative brilliance is to write them down, without worrying about spelling, punctuation, structure, etc...Ouch....But it does work. All of your mumblings can be edited later, it is the thought that you want to capture.

3. Another interesting way to break that writing barrier is to illustrate your message. Especially if you do well with a more visual interpretation, try a mind map. This helped me to organize the content of what I wanted to write about and it provides an alternate perspective. It can even change the direction of your work or perhaps just enhance it. You can center your mind map around the topic you are writing about, with various branches that represent paragraphs, chapters or even sub-topics that you want to cover in your final piece. That is the thing that is fun about doing mind maps, you can use art and colors to illustrate your thoughts, analyze your life goals, outline a story or prioritize a project at work. It gets the creative juices flowing so look out!

4. Learn to meditate, or at least find a quiet space where you feel comfortable and relaxed. Now try to literally de-tense your entire body. I accomplish this by tightening each part of my body, from the tip of my head, facial muscles, neck, on down to each toe, one by one. Hold tight for a count of ten and then slowly release. By the time you get to your feet you should be relaxed and free from disrupting thoughts. Everyone has their own favorite way to relax, I try to envision the ocean, with waves coming in, one after the other. Once your mind is free from distractions and your body is relaxed it allows fro the manifestation of mental images that morph into stories, thoughts and ideas. Sometimes I experience the presence of vivid colors and pictures of various things - other times I am simply able to enjoy being stress free. Whatever the benefit, I have found meditating richly rewarding and enlightening. In this day of multiple distractions and to-do's, reserve writing time as something beneficial for the soul, as difficult as it may be at times to find the words, writing is right.

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Chatkath 3 years ago from California Author

Thank you Mariasial. I apologize for the response delay - I am just now viewing your comment for the 1st time... It's important that you know yourself well enough to recognize what inspires you! What ever that motivator may be, it does not matter. So glad you took the time to visit and share your own tools for writing!


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mariasial 3 years ago from united kingdom

Thanks for a nice hub chatkath, i personally love to write via pen than a keywords ... i always feels that pen or ink is a source of inspiration for me. As crazy as it sound hahahaha.. Any way you have gathered some very good points voted up and sharing


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California Author

Thanks for commenting Places to write online!


Places To Write Online 5 years ago

This hub is a great resource for all struggling writers out there. All too often we get writers block, and by doing some stream of consciousness writing we can come up with brilliant ideas that we wouldn't have had if we had just given into to the lack of inspiration.


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California Author

Hi Kitty, you know I think the recorder would be a really good idea, especially if you spend lots of time sitting in traffic! For whatever reason that is when I get many sparks of creativity and then later I can't remember, or it doesn't have that initial passion. Thanks so much for your feedback and great suggestions, I guess we all have to discipline ourselves to a certain extent!


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether

Voted up, awesome, and useful! I actually do set a writing time for each day, usually in the morning before my 3 year old has awakened! It is a training issue...you have to train your brain to be creative sometimes...another good tip is to keep a recorder with you, that way if you have an idea and are driving, etc. you can record your own voice and thoughts immediately and then refer to it later when you have time to actually write it all out! Thanks for the mind-map idea...I never really tried that one out thoroughly. Great job, Chatkath!


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California Author

I think you should still write on it, there are so many ways to stir up our creativity (if I can just remember them all when time to write!) Thanks so much for your comments!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

ChatKath-rated this hub up for its useful information. I bookmarked it for later reference. Actually, I was considering writing one on this subject, but you have so nicely offered solutions that I think I'll pass, LOL

Bravo!


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California Author

Thank you - And I have ALWAYS wanted to go to Canada! Not sure why, I guess we always want what we don't have and I have always wanted to live where it snows! No doubt I would get sick of it. Seems to inspire you though my friend - your mind is constantly generating unique & new ideas!!!!

Keep your kitties warm - Talk soon I hope......


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epigramman 5 years ago

....yes Susan is right you have an uncanny knack for writing these great self-help hubs which really do inspire your readers especially this one because every writer needs a little kick start every now and then.

Even the epigramman who is one of the most prolific writers here at the Hub has slow days (believe it or not - lol) although I don't think I'll run out of topics to write about anytime soon - lol lol

Thanks for your support as always and so nice to hook up with you here at the Hub. I live in Ontario, Canada 100 feet or so away from the frozen tundra of Lake Erie with my two cats Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel.

We're in the middle of Canadian winter - could sure use some of your Californian sun and warmth!!!!


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California Author

Thank you Susan, that is quite a compliment coming from you, although I guess we all get stuck sometimes, especially when in a hurry or unable to devote 100%.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Have bookmarked your hub so that I may return and re read it as I get stuck for words a lot :)


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California Author

Thank you very much for your feedback and Welcome fellow writer, I wish you the best of luck, chances are you will do very well if you just stick with it (I keep telling myself this every day :)

Cheers;

Kathy


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astigpinoy16 5 years ago from Philippines

good hub, it will help to be motivated, I am new to writing and this hub definitely helps a lot.

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