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Ah, the blur- I mean lure of the blank page! Which is it for you? Do you stare at all that white space desperately waiting for some brilliant idea to emerge, or are you so overwhelmed by all of your brilliant ideas that you don’t know where to start? Or, like me, do you start on one of your brilliant ideas only to revise the first sentence seventeen times?
Whatever your process, the important thing is that you are facing that blank page. You are honoring yourself as a writer just by giving yourself the time and space to at least think about your writing – and that’s a start! At some point, though, you want to translate that thinking into words on the page, so here are some tidbits to help get the words flowing.
  • Freewrite:  Write whatever comes to mind for 10-20 minutes, without taking your hands off the keyboard or pen off the page. If you get stuck, write that you’re stuck. Don’t edit, cross out, or worry about mechanics. Let your mind go where it wants – don’t be scared of the dark. When the time is up, underline or highlight lines, ideas, or words that seem promising. Use these as a starting point for your writing.  
  • Mentally zoom in on a scene, object, or character. Next, zoom in some more. What do you see? What don’t you see? Make a list, web, or picture, if that helps. What feelings, memories, or stories are connected to your mental image. Describe the image, evoking those feelings with your words.
  • Already have a work in progress? Write a letter or a series of text messages from one character to another. See what secrets or surprising stories emerge. 
  • Put your main character in a very unexpected situation. Write to see what happens. Create a status update before during and after the incident. 
Still stumped? Stuck? Slumped over your desk in despair? Try a prompt from one of the sites below:
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/story-starters/
http://wrightingwords.wordpress.com/writing-starters/
http://www.writersdigest.com/prompts
So what works for you? Leave a comment with your best writer’s block busters!

Sending out writerly vibes to all you Tweenklings!

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6 responses »

  1. I usually am full of ideas, just give me time. Most of my ideas and unfinished plots are stored on some electronic. I enjoy hitting the ground running, starting with a piece of writing that draws you in.

  2. When I’m facing a blank page I think about other books I have read and stories I make up in my head. I usually find story ideas there and the story starts flowing.

  3. When I look at a blank page, I have thousands of thoughts flowing through my head. I have to choose the best idea and go with it. When I start writing and don’t know where to go from where I am, I either branch off to something new or I start something new. I never delete the piece I started before; I switch to a new one, you never know, maybe that story will be a hit. #awesomestories

  4. I’m usually full of ideas, just give me time. When i stare at a blank page I see many things, and loving art it’s hard to differ between the story and the drawing. I enjoy hitting the ground running, you know, start with something that draws the reader in; hungry for more.

  5. i just start writing. Even if its just ‘i have no idea what to write’ kind of things. I hate not knowing what to write, but sometimes i have to do that. But i do have like thirty ideas on my phone’s notes, so even if its a bad idea, i dont think I’ll have any problem running out of ideas soon…

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