My writing class has been over for about a month. It was pretty intense. There were deadlines, brain fog, temper tantrums, and frustration. Is it just me or is it pretty upsetting when you have high hopes for a story and then it just crashes and burns on you. It ends up being a story that you wish was way better than what it ended up being. I was sad that the class ended, but also felt a deep relief because I could breath again. But now a month later, I sit here asking, “What do I write?”
I’ll be honest, I watched some movies and also read a few books. However, I knew I needed to write. After all, I spent the last 4 months learning different techniques to improve my craft. But, here’s the thing, all of a sudden I’m drawing a blank. What do I write?
It took me a few weeks to get back into any type of writing. I ended up working on a few pieces that I’d started, but never had the time to polish up. I really enjoyed it, but I wanted something new to focus on. The one thing that helped me was searching for publications that were looking for particular themes or genres. I saw a few for dark fantasy, horror, and fantasy that seemed interesting. By reviewing these options I was able to see a few ideas that I actually wanted to write about. So I’m currently trying to create a 3500 word story based on one of the ideas I saw.
Sometimes the best thing you can do is search for some of your new ideas, rather than sit and wait for a new idea. If I did the later I never would have started writing again.
What do you do when you are fresh out of ideas for writing? Do you stop? Or do you find some theme/genres/topics that help jumpstart your brain?