I must admit that I have hit a writer’s block recently – can you tell? All I have been able to write about recently is my favourite quotes from the book “Looking For Alaska”, which is part of a new series of blog posts I’ll be doing.
So, what does one do when facing a writer’s block? Do we cower away behind our sofas scared of our notebooks? Do we scream in terror when finding a pen in the bottom of our bags? Do we wince at the thought of looking at our blog stats? Yes we do.
But what we can do to get out of this dirty little rut is force the writing. It may be terrible writing, but it’s writing. The practice of actually doing the thing will help to lift the curse of writer’s block. Of course, you probably won’t hit the full flow of writing straight off – getting into a creative flow is a dreamlike state, I love it – but you’ll be making progress nonetheless.
Needless to say I have a few prompts to help with such writer’s block, that I promise I will do too (classic cliché of not taking one’s own advice). Write them in your journal, on a napkin, on your wall – whatever you like. Don’t feel obligated to post it if you don’t want to; though I would be interested in reading it, as I am sure your readers would too.
So, here are 26 prompts for a blogging writer’s block:
- What struggles have you been facing recently, and what would you say to somebody who is going through the same thing?
- If your life was a letter, what would it say, and who would you address it to?
- Read an old journal entry or blog post – what is your reaction to it?
- What is one of your bad habits and why do you think you do it?
- What is your mission statement? Why do you write?
- What refreshes your soul?
- What do you wish you could say to somebody who is no longer in your life?
- How do you measure your personal successes?
- What things make you feel better about yourself?
- What new beliefs about yourself or your writing do you need?
- What fictional character would you most want to be?
- Who is your best support system? Describe how thankful you are to have them?
- What do you think is not that important in life, yet you see it as a major thing that people strive for in their lives?
- What would you tell your 11 year old self?
- When you picture your future, what do you see?
- What is that thing you have always wanted to do but never done? And why haven’t you done it yet?
- Which cartoon character was your hero as a kid/adult?
- How has writing benefited you in the past?
- What rituals do you have that you want to change?
- Which personality traits do you think you have kept since you were a child? How have you changed?
- How have your priorities changed within the last few years?
- What’s your hidden talent?
- If you write anonymously, why do you do so?
- What emotion motivates you most?
- Write a letter to tomorrow – what do you hope to happen? How do you hope to feel?
- What are the key things in life that you have learned so far, and who or what taught you?
If any of you fabulous creatures write and publish any of these prompts, make sure to tag me or let me know – I’d love to read them.