Sunday, August 26, 2012

Demolish Your Writer’s Block

It can feel at times that coming up with a story idea is more a pain in the butt than turning a story idea into a novel. For example, it was a pain coming up with the idea for my dark fantasy comedy novel, “Shadow Mage.” I swear it can sometimes take me more than a month for my muse to put down the bottle and to start working again. I have tried multiple exercises to break writer’s block, but none of them worked for me.

So I had brainstormed some methods on how to brainstorm story ideas. ‘What the heck?’ you ask. I know, I know. Anyway here are some brainstorming methods I have come up with to help you take a sledgehammer to that annoying writer’s block.

Don't let this be you



1. Create the world first. The story may fill in later. If not, then damn…



2. Come up with character bios. Just don’t base your characters on copyrighted characters unless you want to write a court drama based on you getting sued for copyright infringement.



3. Think about what genre you want the story to be in and check out the news for real events that relate to your chosen genre. If you want to write a story about organized crime then check out the politics section in the news.



4. Base your story on a “what if” in your life. Let’s see, what if you hadn’t come across this blog… oh man, how totally out there!



5. Talk to your friends about what’s new in their lives. Your buddies may have some great story ideas and not even know it, so take them before they find out!



6. Drive to a nearby area not familiar to you and do some sightseeing. You may run into some new friends who will give you an action packed new story idea after you only give them your wallet.



7. Read a popular book that is in the genre you want to write and after reading it, write a review about it. Now Ebert, stop being a damn critic and do some actual work! Create a list of what you would do differently to make the story better, which is easy since no story is perfect. Now remember about copyright laws. Hey, there are plenty of authors out there that draw inspiration from others.



8. Take some meditation time each day of the week for at least one hour. I am not saying to work on losing your attachments from worldly desires to train your mind to always remain in the present. This isn’t about mindfulness or Zen. I am saying you should get a break away from all the B.S. that can cloud your creative mind. Once you are able to stand being alone with yourself, you will be able to increase that one hour meditation time.



9. Get around more creative minds. This can be online or in person. I find creativity to be as contagious as STDs.



10. Read my blog. Oh God, I am so lame.


Tell me what do you think? What are some of your ways to break writer's block?

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3 comments:

  1. Writer's Block? What's that? My muse is always wanting to come out to play. She has given me so much to write, I don't think that this lifetime will be long enough to edit all of her stuffQ

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  2. I am happy you have an overactive muse, Donna!

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  3. I really enjoyed your brainstorming techniques. You are a character! Thank you for the inspiration.

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