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?
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This is exactly why I value morning pages so much. Every day I sit with a blank A4 paper and just free write, as recommended by Julia Cameron. Of course, at first it sounded lame, but as I continued the practice, I found that I could more readily face the blank page for my normal writing.
Not only that, but the things I wrote down during these sessions often contained ideas for my other creative outlets as well.
If you’re not already doing it, I recommend you give it a try for like a couple of weeks. Do the longhand style. And if you haven’t heard of it, googling ‘morning pages’ would give you all you need.
Wishing you all the best!
Hi Stuart, Thank you so much for the idea. I’ll def be trying it. Sometimes I feel like I get stuck in my old ruts. It’s funny how when you give your mind the ability to actually run with ideas the cool, yet wild stories you may get. Have a great weekend!
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Thanks Stuart I will definitely try to continue you writing. I started looking for different magazines looking for themed submissions to kinda help me. So far I’m doing pretty well.