Every writer has writer’s block at some point in their career. I have compiled a list of ways to make your writer’s block less disruptive and help you to get out of your writer’s block faster.
1) Keep a small journal or notebook with you at all times. The best ideas are quickly forgotten, so if you write them down quickly, you will be able to remember them. This gives you ideas to look at when writer’s block strikes. Also write down interesting things people say. This will help for dialogue when writing a book or a short story.
2) Write extra when you have moments of frenzied inspiration. If you normally write one article a day or one book a year, write two when you get the ideas or the chance and hold one back for those times when you cannot get an idea. This will keep the money rolling in smoothly. I’m pretty sure Steven King does this, he all but admitted it in his novel,”Bag of Bones”. Many other writers, including myself have done this.
3) Keep up with the news, get magazines, and read other people’s articles. This gives you ideas. When you get an idea from the news or other people’s work, always research it. Sometimes you can actually make your article better than the one that gave you the idea in the first place! Another good reason to always research is that the original article writer may have the facts wrong and it is not a good idea to be spreading around wrong information.
4) Draw on your personal experience. Have you recently taken a trip? Do you or someone you know have a hobby? Does someone you know have an addiction? Just about anything can be used to write an in-depth article that could help someone.
5) Subscibe to newsletters, fanclubs, etc. These can be great idea generators. Associated Content has a few of these newsletters. I subscribe to the weekly content one which has given me 3 ideas in one week! there’s also things like Yahoo Alerts, which will send to your inboxarticles on anytopic you choose: entertainment, Braking News, Odd News, or something specific, like if you want only articles on, lets say Harry Potter, Yahoo will send it to you. This is just like the newspaper clipping services, but free!
6) Keep all notes from your previous works. These can always be re-organized to create a whole new idea.
7)If you are prone to writer’s block, make an outline. This may not work for many writer, like Stephen King, who wrote one for Bag of Bones that made the book a little hard to read. I only write outlines for game guides and reviews.
8) Get into writer’s groups. If you find the right group, they will quickly become your best friends. They wiil celebrate you achievements and give consolation for your pitfalls, most importantly they are willing to take a look at your work and give real criticism on it and advice on how to make it better, not do what Mom will do and tell you that it’s perfect. The writers in the group share what they have recently worked on, which will give you ideas. I once shared an article I wrote on helium with them on candy, next thing I knew, everyone had an article on the subject. All I could say was that “may the best writer win”, as I have in the past stolen ideas from them.
9) Be open-minded. People have missed out on great opportunities because they were too narrow-minded about a subject.
10) If all else fails, everything can be reviewed. Movies, TV, music, your neighborhood, your local school, a store you just went into, even food can all be reviewed and there are always new things to review.