Writers get writers’ block. It is a sad truth. Sometimes we know what we want to say, but we have no idea how to get there. Sometimes we have no idea what we want to say and struggle to find inspiration. Every writer will tell you that the trick is to not stop writing–no matter which type of blockage you have to fight your way through.
I have developed a few tools to help me fight during my college and post-college years:
- Keep your eyes open. Stories are all around you if you choose to see.
- Read. Keep a “Books I Want to Read” list. And always have a book you’re working through. My list is over one-hundred titles long. There is nothing new under the sun. (That includes stories.) Creativity always has limits.
- Keep a list of inspirational ideas. Sometimes when I’m watching a movie, listening to music, cooking supper, or talking with friends, I am struck with inspiration. Of course I don’t carry my laptop around with me everywhere, but I do have my cell phone. I have a growing list of concepts, ideas, recipes, and conversations that have inspired me. When I’m suffering through a severe case of writer’s block, I have a resource already teeming with fairy dust.
One rule I’ve become increasingly more determined to stick by: write about life. Write about what you know. Write about what is true. Why? People care about living. They care about meaning. They care about accessibility. They care about genuineness.
It’s only 9:02 in the morning where I sit writing this, and I already have six stories spinning my head. And they are all true.
One of them involves coffee made at 6:00 in the morning.