Fighting writer's block: six easy tips to help inspire writing

When you're stuck inside with cabin fever, it's hard to get inspired. Here are six tips to insure you don't turn out like Jack Torrance when your Muse is elusive.

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(Image courtesy of Columbia Records)

Take a lyric from your favorite song and repurpose it in a story. This method is highly effective especially if you have strong ties to a particular song.

(Image courtesy of Harper & Row)  a character with whom you had a strong aversion to and imagine him/her getting their comeuppance.

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If you've written or read a character in the past that's really clung to you, why not imagine what they're doing now? This practice will entice you to write. Alternately, write about a character with whom you had an adverse reaction to and see if you can find some valuable traits in him or her.

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(Image courtesy of Patricia Ann McNair)

Visiting Patricia Ann McNair's website for her daily prompt, is my favorite way to get inspired. McNair posts incredible sentences that help make the creative juices flow.

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Think of an object, then think of a description that does not fit the object in the least. This is a practice used in the fiction writing workshop at Columbia College Chicago and is a great strategy when you're stuck in a rut. (I.e, sandpaper: soft, feather: heavy, etc.)

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(Image courtesy of Columbia University)

Do what contributing writer Cassie Sheets does and try copying your favorite writer's routine for a while. If it works for you? Awesome. If it doesn't? No biggie. Mix and match different aspects of different routines until you come up with one that works for you.

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(Image courtesy of Art Institute of Chicago)

Revisit a favorite painting and imagine you're there. What would it smell like? What would it feel like? Why do you like this particular painting? What feelings does it emote? It's amazing what you'll come up with!

 

I hope these tips help you! What do you do to get inspired? Let us know in the comments! 

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