Sometimes all you have to do is give it a little bit of time.
These moments when we don’t have inspiration are usually short-lived.
Story Prompts (recommended for study of: Showing versus Telling and Specific Detail) More Story Prompts (recommended for study of: Character Development) Even More Writing Prompts (recommended for study of: Plot) And Even More Writing Prompts (recommended for study of: Narrative Point of View) And... More Writing Prompts (recommended for study of: Dialogue) Turn those ideas into stories with our online course, Story Structure. Here are some other ways to keep the words flowing. Go to a public place like a coffeehouse or a mall, and watch the people around you. Everyone has secrets -- guess at the secrets of the stranger you see.
Think of something that happened to you, or someone you know, or someone in a news story, and ask yourself, "What if? You can turn some of these people into characters for a story.
A lot of writers find inspiration by reading poetry.
It is effective and there is always something to be experienced emotionally when reading poetry.
" What if you had picked up that hitch-hiker, and she turned out to be a psychopath? Go get a voice recording device (your cell phone might have this function) and just talk to it. Pretend you're talking to a friend, and record what you say. Just play the recording and write or type your words. You have a written text that you can use as a starting point. If you don't have a phone book handy, you can make up a name, or feel free use one of these: Hank Jenkins, Trevor Smythe-Hewitt, Tatiana Zeleny, Margaret Wintergreen, Mimi Howard, Jasper Krupp. You can use our character questionnaire to develop a fictional character. An added bonus: this exercise gets you away from your desk for a while.
What if you decided to get revenge on your evil coworker? Read what you have and decide what to add, to cut, to rearrange. Try to picture how someone with this name might look. A change of scene may be just what you need to inject new energy into your writing.
A lot of writers often find themselves stuck without any inspiration or new ideas.
This is not news to those who have been writing for a while.