Fiction writers often suffer from an absence of ideas and find themselves struggling to put words onto paper. Here are some ideas to help fight through.
Writers suffering from writer's block can rest assured that they don't suffer alone. Entire books have been written to try and address this problem, but it's not necessary to spend twenty dollars to solve the problem. Writers should know that "writer's block" is just a term, not a psychological condition, and giving it too much power only reinforces the block. Here are some tips to get writers writing again:
Keep a Daily Journal
All writers should attempt to do this, even if it means only writing a few sentences a day. The goal is to record the memories and provide each writer with a unique source of events, characters and plots that can be drawn upon whenever necessary. Since writer's block affects each writer differently, each writer should try to use the journal to address those problems. Some writers struggle coming up with plot ideas, and should use their journals to record events in their lives or events they heard about. Other writers struggle coming up with characters, and should use their journals to record interesting people they meet or characteristics of friends and family that would work well with the fictional character.
Write Using a Creative Writing Prompt
It's easy to find writing prompts online. Click here for a great example. Writers can use these prompts as jumping-off points for larger works. The goal of a writing prompt is to provide a spark that the writer can use. Since writer's block can reinforce itself and put stress on a writer, using a writing prompt can take some of the edge off by providing that crucial first step.
Take a Writing Vacation
Writers who are passionate about their craft will have a hard time putting the pen down for even a few days, much less a week. But sometimes it's a good idea to just sit back with a good book, listen to some good music, and enjoy the moment without worrying about getting through writer's block. Taking a few days off can relieve some of the stress and put things in perspective.
Go Out Into the World and Listen
One of the best qualities a writer can have is the ability to listen. People are telling stories everywhere, all the time, and all a writer needs to do is simply go out and listen. Plots are being discussed. Characters are coming and going. Settings exist everywhere. Sometimes the best way to find a new idea is to go out to the local coffee shop, sit, and listen. Everyone is telling stories, and writers can find inspiration by listening.