There’s nothing worse than what David calls the ‘blank page syndrome’.

You want to write, but just can’t seem to put pen to paper or finger to keyboard.

Of course, if you’re earning money as a writer or have a deadline to hit, you can’t simply wait for inspiration to strike.

 

So, here are two tips to help with creating that ever needed inspiration.

How to Write… Creating Inspiration!

There’s nothing worse than what I call the ‘blank page syndrome’.

You want to write, but just can’t seem to put pen to paper or finger to keyboard.

Of course, if you’re earning money as a writer or have a deadline to hit, you can’t simply wait for inspiration to strike.

 

So, here are two tips to help with creating that ever needed inspiration.

Tip 1: Writer’s Notebook

Keeping a writer’s notebook is like having a bank account. Deposit ideas, notes and phrases when you’re flushed and then withdraw them when you need them.

 

Olivia Kiernan, author of Too Close to Breathe, The Killer in Me and the just released If Looks Could Kill says she ‘always has a notebook on the go, sometimes even two.’ They are a ‘place to brainstorm scenes or to jot down thoughts on plot/timeline’.

 

‘There is something about the physical act of handwriting,’ she says, ‘that helps… when I find myself short of inspiration’.

 

So keep a notebook close to hand and write down that thought before it escapes into the never-never. A writer’s notebook is a valuable resource that will pay you back many times over.

 

It is inspiration in the bank - waiting for you at the turn of a page.

 

To find out more about Olivia, go to:

https://oliviakiernan.com/

Tip 2: Word Doodling

This is a great way to get your writing juices flowing. It’s rather like a warm-up stretch before exercising. Word Doodling is all about getting words down on the page without worrying how they get there.

 

I will often start a class this way – write whatever comes into your head for 2-5 minutes. No rush, but just write whatever is in there. That includes: ‘my head is empty, why’s David asking me to do this? I can’t see the point, so early on a Monday morning…’ etc.

 

But notice, you are writing! The blank page is no more. Don’t worry about it, just write it.
 

Another advantage of Word Doodling is that it can be used later. I did some Word Doodling sitting in the park in Windsor., which I later used as the basis for a poem - Recognising Royalty. If you want to see the notes and read the poem, click here.

So, get Word Doodling. Make it a regular (even daily) habit and you’ll soon realise how quickly you can get 100 words out of your head and where you want them - on the page.

Inspired Businesswoman

Activity – No Thinking Note Taking

 

During one week in my beginners’ class, I’ll release the students to explore the building and grounds and note down what they're sensing. Don’t think about writing, just note it down. You can do this at home too.

 

Activity

Find somewhere to sit for 5 minutes – use a timer. Then note down what you are hearing, seeing and smelling. Also note how you are feeling – happy, relaxed, melancholic. You can do this outside, inside, even while watching a film or TV show. At the end of 5 minutes – stop.

 

What You’ve Learned

You’ve shown yourself that even in a short time, by using a notebook, you can store up inspiration for later. You’ve also improved you observational skills. All in just 5 minutes!

If you try this activity, please drop me a message and let me know how it went. Enjoy your writing!

David

There's lots more on keeping the inspiration flowing.

Check out my blog later in the month for more ideas.

Next month’s topic is: How to Write… Characters!