We all suffer from it at one stage or another. Whether it’s because life’s getting a little bit hectic and you don’t know where your head’s at, or maybe you’re not in the best of moods, maybe you feel like you’ve simply run out of ideas, whatever it is, we all know that feeling. You find yourself with a pen in your hand, or planted in front of your laptop poised for the creative juices to start flowing, but the words just don’t seem to come.
Well here are my top tips:
- Get out of the house. Sometimes just going for a walk can give you the inspiration you’ve been waiting for. You might see something – a bird fluttering around inside a bush making all the leaves rustle – you might hear something – an overheard conversation between two neighbours about the likelihood of rain – or you might simply need some fresh air and exercise to awaken your creative senses.
- Listen to some music. I find this one particularly helpful because it’s not just necessarily about the lyrics. Yes, they might be just the words you were looking for if you need to ‘wake me up before you go – go’ (I’m sure you can find far more inspiring music but Wham! was what came to mind for some reason) but music also creates feelings and emotions – and perhaps its this you can draw from in your own writing. Be wary of drawing upon lyrics as really lyrics are just bad poetry and if you want to give your writing the best possible edge then I suggest coming up with something more original, rather than taking words that were really only put together because they rhyme. ‘Would you risk it for a chocolate biscuit’ springs to mind…
- Search Google images for something relevant. I’ve started to compile a scrapbook for when I’m suffering from writer’s block because I find images can really help with my description. Say I’m writing an Angela Carter-style fairy tale – I simply Google image ‘haunted castle’ or ‘spooky forest’ and my mind is inundated with descriptions of ‘crooked branches like broken fingers…’ and I’m off!
So that’s it for now. If you’re stuck then simply go for a walk, listen to music and search Google for an inspiring image. Hope that helps, ciao for now!