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Having Trouble with the Creative in Creative Writing?

Updated on June 23, 2016

We've All Been There

You have a story to write for class, for a publisher, or sometimes you just have an itch to write. You pull out your laptop, notepad, or whatever you like to write on and nothing. You've got nothing.

It happens to the best of us! There is no writer who hasn't had the good old writer's block. Thankfully, there's something you can do about it.

Put It Away

That's right. Close your laptop. Get something to eat, go to bed, or go for a walk. Take your mind off of the piece your writing. Think about something else and come back to your work the next day.

Chances are your subconscious will do all the work for you and you'll come back with fresh new ideas on what to write about.

Just Go With It

Yup! That idea that you think is stupid or is going nowhere just might be your next story. Try it out and see where it goes. If it falls flat, throw it away, but it doesn't hurt to try.

Watch a Movie or a TV Show

Some writers read for inspiration, but I find that reading only helps you to mimic someone else's style. You don't want to end up writing in another author's voice, instead you want to write something original and creative.

Watching television or movies will help to get you thinking about story telling in a creative way. You could even practice by stopping the show or movie midway and writing the ending yourself.

Before you know it, you'll be swimming in ideas.

Write About Yourself

Tell your own story. You already know it and most likely it will come out natural and authentic. The best characters I've ever written were actually reflective of some part of myself.

So give these a try and watch the ideas flow!

Which of the techniques would you try?

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