Sunday, August 1, 2010

See The World Through New Ideas

Most days being a writer is the coolest job in the world. Other days it just plain sucks. One person will tell you that in order to get over writer's block you need to stimulate your senses. Other people will come right out and tell you that there is no such thing as writer's block. Personally, I think that's a load of crap. There are going to be times when the ideas just aren't there no matter how hard you try. And sometimes the harder you try, the worse it gets.

There are hundreds of sites online where you can find ideas on what to write about. I even have one of my own called The Prompt Writer. But this isn't about finding ideas from other people, this is about creating a few of your own. But not just sitting down and thinking your brains out, but taking your senses for a little virtual road trip.

So here's the scenario. You've been sitting in front of your computer for most of the day. You've checked your email a hundred times, you've updated your Facebook status a couple of times, and you've read a few of your favorite blogs. Unfortunately, you still have no idea what you're going to write about. Here's an idea. Shut the computer off and get away from it for a bit.

Grab your notebook (the one with paper in it, not the one that comes with a battery) and a pen or pencil. Now go somewhere else in your house, sit without anything else on (except maybe a light if it's dark), and just let your mind wander. Write down all your ideas, good and bad.

Can't come up with anything in the house??? Go outside, go to the park, head to the coffee shop, whatever. Just get yourself into some new surroundings and get those ideas flowing. It might be just the thing to take you from writer's block to writing a blockbuster.

Christine Senter

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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