12 Ways to Murder Writer’s Block

Every writer hits a creativity slump at one point or another. Here are 12 ideas to get your brain going again. If you have any special tips or tricks, please leave them in the comments below.

  1. Give one of your characters a scar. Write a very detailed account of how that scar was inflicted/earned.
  2. Write a page on someone who thinks your antagonist is adorable. Who loves them at their worst? Did they ever want to be good? Did they believe they were being good?
  3. Carry a small notebook and pencil with you to a cafe or park and capture little bits of dialogue from real-world characters you encounter.
  4. Listen to your favorite song and turn it into a complete story.
  5. Write about the kind of geography your character is attracted to. Do they prefer flat desert to mountains? Do they need trees? Are they frightened of large bodies of water?
  6. Create a power move, and use it before you write. Stand tall, puff up your chest, slam your fist into your hand, sit in meditation position – whatever movement or stance that makes you feel powerful – do it. While you are in that position, think of a time in your life when you felt the most successful and happy. Then, mentally prepare yourself to have a successful writing day.
  7. Look at this picture, then answer the following questions: 
    • What happened immediately after this picture was taken?
    • What happened to lead up to this moment?
    • What happened to this person?
    • What is this person going to do tonight?
    • Who loves this person?
    • Who hates this person, and why?
  8. Replace all of the nouns and verbs in this famous Shel Siverstein poem, and then write a short story about it.
    Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
    There is a place where the sidewalk ends
    And before the street begins,
    And there the grass grows soft and white,
    And there the sun burns crimson bright,
    And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
    To cool in the peppermint wind.

    Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
    And the dark street winds and bends.
    Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
    We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
    And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
    To the place where the sidewalk ends.

    Yes we’ll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
    And we’ll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
    For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
    The place where the sidewalk ends.

  9. Write about what is happening in this painting. moni
  10. Describe the worst way to die. Then, make it worse.
  11. Sincerely compliment three different people this week and carefully observe their reactions. Write what you believe each was thinking. What past memories did the compliment bring up in their mind?
  12. Draw or paint a symbolic picture of a scene from your story. Or, draw a map of your story setting.

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