It’s been a while since my last blog post. And flexing my writing muscle to break that four-month writing drought certainly feels a lot like learning to walk again after coming out of a coma.
Indeed, kick-starting creativity when you’ve been out of the blogging practice for quite a bit can be distressing. But there is always a way around that difficulty and I could think of several strategies to get any writer’s blood circulating again.
Now, realizing that the best remedy to a writer’s block is to actually write about it, I have decided to come up with my own A to Z compilation of how to get out of that horrible writing rut.
So how do you get the right words coming your way? Here are the ABCs:
A is for Archive
Archive all your works (published or not) for your future reference. Previous blog posts and long-forgotten drafts are your life buoy and best friend in the direst situation.
B is for keep Busy
Pre-occupy yourself with different activities. Whether it’s creative stuff or the most mundane thing, being productive keeps your blood flowing. Your mind follows sooner or later.
C is for Classical Music
Soft, mellow music not only quiets your body and soul. It also keeps your mind relaxed and open for new ideas.
D is for Discussions
Sometimes the best materials are found in the most meaningful conversation. Exchanging ideas with friends (including small talks with acquaintances and strangers) can produce some really substantial points for further discussion on paper. If your mind continues to produce a blank page, why don’t you call and visit a friend for some good catching up?
E is for Experience
Since Life is the best teacher, the most significant lessons are usually drawn from personal experience. So the next time you are at a loss for anything substantial to write about, count on a recent event to back you up with some exciting topics, or travel back in time for some inspiration.
F is for Freewriting
The most effective way to kick procrastination in the butt is to simply keep going. Keep tapping away until your freewriting lead you somewhere. Our brilliance starts to manifest usually after a couple of awkward sentences or several rewrites later.
G is for Google
Utilize the internet for rad ideas. The World Wide Web is rich with writing materials and story ideas. Google for writing prompts and blogging topics. If you already have a topic that you wish to write about but don’t know how to go about it just yet, google for similar articles to kick-start your creativity.
H is for Hypothetical
Begin your posts with a hypothetical question. I bet many of the most uniquely interesting stories we’ve read and seen are those that started off as what-ifs.
I is for Imagination
Use your imagination. Create another world. Invent something. Predict the future.
J is for Juxtaposition
Look at the world at different angles and find a spot where the old meets the new or where North and South collide.
Compare and contrast.
K is for Kindness
Don’t push yourself too hard. Give yourself a break from time to time. You deserve the occasional reprieve from hard work with a trip to the ice-cream parlor or local book sale, vent-out session at the coffee shop with like-minded friends, or fright night at the movies. Maybe a good scare could get that writing blood pumping again.
L is for List
When in doubt, compile ideas. You cannot go wrong with lists. You can do a lot of things with it like:
- Write a bucket list.
- List the top 10 things you love/hate about blogging.
- List the top 10 or 100 places to visit in the world.
- List different ways to bust boredom on a rainy day.
- List breakup lines.
- List pick-up lines.
- List the stupidest things you’ve ever heard.
- List your many firsts.
And the list goes on.
M is for Memory Lane
If you’re feeling a little sentimental then write a #throwback article about high school, your childhood, or your early years in an exotic far-flung place.
N is for Notebook
Always keep a notebook handy because inspiration can strike at any time anywhere.
O is for Open Letter
Write an open letter to a friend, a lover, a politician, future husband, your children, or yourself 10 years down the line.
P is for Photograph
They say a picture can speak a thousand words; so cut out an image from a magazine, pick out an old photofrom the family photo album, take snapshots of people in action and write about them.-This simple classroom writing activity should get your creative juices flowing in no time.
Q is for Quotes
One way to begin a great article is to introduce it with a quote. Whether it’s inspirational or motivational in its purpose, a quote from a person of historical impkrtance never fails to set a tone of greatness to any story.
R is for Rant
If all else fails, vent your frustrations.
Rant about the terrible traffic jam. Rant about your boss (and make sure he never gets to read your post.) Rant about your in-laws (and make sure that they never get to read about it). Rant about how unfair society is.
Rant about life.
S is for Street Signs
Think out of the box. Go out and take a stroll around your neighborhood. Source the streets for possible stories. Take note of street signs and use them as your writing prompt, if not, make it your central topic. Search for funny billboards. Make a mountain out of the most mundane.
T is for Title
Think of an interesting title (even if you don’t have a storyline or article in mind). Work your way from there. You can draw inspiration from street signs, too.
U is for Update
Update yourself with the new. Broaden your horizon. Travel. Meet people. Keep up to date with current events. Read about the world. Read the latest bestselling novel. Be in the know.
Having stock knowledge is always handy in writing emergencies.
V is for Visualize
Picture the story in your head. Visualize how you want the article to be. Select pictures and drawings to inspire you. Then write.
W is for Write about Writing
Write about writing itself—your challenges and how you overcame it.It is better to deal with writer’s block by simply writing about it than not to write anything at all.
X is for eXtreme
From time to time,try to write out of your comfort zone. Being stuck for ideas may be a sign that it’s high time you blog about something you’re afraid to voice out your opinion on. Like politics.
Success often results from doing something that scares you most.
Y is for Young Children
If you’re a parent, this shouldn’t be so hard to do. Children make a fantastic topic.
You can write about the darndest things children say; how kids have a knack for putting adults on the spot; or rant/rave about their antics that can drive you mad or make you glad. Better yet, allow yourself to get in touch with your inner child and write something for the younger generation.
Z is for Zeal
Don’t let stumbling blocks and other challenges douse your enthusiasm for writing. Keep the passion burning by believing in yourself.