You’ve honed your writing style, got an idea for a story and you’ve even bought a new notebook. But now you’re staring at the blank page, filled with the horror of writer’s block. You’ve lost your inspiration and now, all of a sudden, you don’t know where to begin.
You’re not the first writer to fear the blank page, which means that there is plenty of advice knocking about that will certainly help you. If Sush can write while living with her parents, you can stare down that blank page wherever you are.
Here’s what to do.
Relax your mind
Have you ever wondered why some of your best ideas appear in your head just as you’re going to sleep? Or why holidays always seem to be the best time to think about what your goals are and how to achieve them? If you want ideas to flow, you have to relax your mind.
There are lots of different ways to relax your mind. You might find that playing some of the best mac games on Steam triggers your imagination or maybe you’re the kind of person who gets a lot out free writing. Perhaps a trip around a museum or simply taking a nap would be better for you.
The point is that when your brain is relaxed, it’s more likely to come up with interesting correlations between ideas or push you towards something worth exploring in your writing.
Follow Your Curiosity
Wikipedia is both the dream and the nightmare. It is the perfect place for exploring new ideas and it’s all too easy to spend hours clicking through page after page of information. It is the writer’s dream because information is so easy to access but it’s also a nightmare because you have to know when to stop and start writing your own stuff.
Following your curiosity is the best way to open yourself up to new ideas and experiences – the foundation of inspiration. As Liz Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, says, “forget about passion,” don’t pursue just one thing, give yourself the potential to find lots of things. So, even if you can’t go on a year-long sabbatical, don’t focus too much on a particular goal, just let lots of ideas in and percolate around your imagination. You never know what will turn up.
Combine Ideas in a New Way
The Hunger Games is one of the most successful teen franchises of all times. How on Earth did Suzanne Collins come up with such an intriguing idea? Channel hopping between reality TV and news coverage of a warzone.
Inspiration isn’t just about having a broad interest in things, it’s also about finding the potential to reimagine ideas in different combinations. Channel hopping is such an innocuous activity and we’ve all done it; Suzanne Collin’s success was in realizing that there might be a great story to be told by combining the two ideas she had.
You can find inspiration anywhere but if you are facing down a blank page, the best thing to do is just start writing. You’ll hate the first page you write; maybe you’ll hate the first 10 pages. But soon you’ll stumble across something that clicks. All you have to do is recognize the thing.