Helpful Writing Tactics pt 2
Any committed writer will tell you that sometimes the inspiration just doesn't come. It's not necessarily writer's block, but even so, it can be just as bad. You're not stuck in between ideas, they're just simply aren't any! And frustrating isn't a strong enough word to use to describe it!
Having said that, I've come up with a few additional ideas that (hopefully!) help get those creative juices flowing again.
Do Some Light Reading
Or maybe not so light. Either way, it's a good way to get some ideas. Do a little research and see what's out there. Go to the nearest library or bookstore and seek out literature that's similar...or dissimilar...and go at it. I find that by taking a break from my “normal” reading lists and exposing myself to other types of writing and genres actually helps promote new and fresh ideas for my own writing. But keep in mind, while reading someone's work, if an idea strikes you, be sure to cite it in your work...give credit when appropriate.
It's the same concept behind using beautiful words. Think of a rarely used, often misunderstood word, even one that you don't know the meaning, and see what happens. Write the story around the word, then look up the definition; were you close to the meaning, or completely opposite? Actually, I tried this tactic once using precipitous (hasty, extremely rapid). So, blow the dust off the cover and flip open that dictionary, give it a go!
Making a Bucket List
Now, you might ask why this is in any way relevant to writing. But consider, the things to do on your list are something you've always wanted to try, or accomplish before you “kick the bucket”. How about this: take one item on your list and imagine what it would be like; try to visualize your experience...and start your writing. You don't always have to know everything about your work...that's why your imagination is so handy!
With a few more tricks up your sleeve, you can begin to say goodbye to those instances where you simply can't find the words...and maybe even consider writers' block a thing of the past!
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From the same gentleman that brought us "The Daily Writer".
Writer-in-residence for Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY, Mr. Smock's valuable lessons in a creative writing life.