We’ve all been there, staring at the blank page, cursor maddeningly blinking away with absolutely nothing in our boring heads. It’s a terrifying feeling when there’s this black void in the space where genius is supposed to live. We begin to wonder, have we lost our golden touch? Have all our stunning ideas dried up and blown away like dead fall leaves? Is the well spring of topics suddenly bone dry? Are there cobwebs and bats flitting through our minds? Yup, it’s official, we’ve got Blogger’s/Writer’s block and we’ve got it bad! EEK!!
Not to fear, here are a few sneaky ways to kickstart your imagination and bring those ideas crowding back into that empty rattling mind. In fact, you may need to employ crowd control where we’re going. (What a blatant and ridiculous brag. I love it, I’m keeping it!!)
Research a Different Perspective
If you’ve got a few ideas that you’d like to write about but they feel plain old boring or you’re just not fired up enough about them to actually sit down and write, look up the opposing perspective or other articles about the same topic with a different spin. You may find that you’ll get pissed or inspired enough to bang out that draft you’ve been wanting to write. What’s better inspiration than some raw unleashed emotions set on fire by other people’s genius or idiocy?! Feel free to prod yourself toward a mind-splosion followed by an epic brain-dump. (Classy alert!)
Have A Conversation
Talking to friends, family or co-workers is a great way to find ideas. Think of all the genius stuff you and your friends say to each other when you’re shooting the shit, laughing and gossiping together! Mine that amazing shit for all the gold its worth! CASH IN!! In addition, if you have ideas and they’re proving to be boring or uninspired, ask your friends what the topic brings to mind. They’re sure to have ideas you haven’t thought about.
Use the people around you to create great content! Steal from their sweet and innocent minds with abandon! You dirty thief! Because most likely they’re not writers and they’re not using those ideas anyway, other than uselessly thinking them and you could be writing about those ideas and bringing your own wild writing genius to the table to make them even better! Don’t you dare let those thoughts and ideas go to waste! Think of all the non-writers out there, thinking thoughts and NOT putting pen to paper or….cursor to screen. What a sad state of affairs! Friends don’t let friend’s funny or insightful thoughts drift away into the ether, never to be appreciated again. Your friends will thank you for it. Maybe? Give them some credit? A little attribution? They won’t mind!! Do it!
Go to a coffee shop or other fast food joint, buy some food and sit around being creepy with pen and paper. You’re going to need to employ shifty eyes and hunched shoulders as you cover your writing and look around suspiciously. The people around you will be talking about all kinds of fascinating, weird and cool things, including maybe how weird you are! Trust me, you’ll hear some good stuff if you listen closely. Then, all you have to do is proceed to kidnap their weird brain children and turn them into circus performers. (Creepy enough for ya?)
Go Somewhere New/Try Something New
When you’ve got nothing to write about it might mean that you’re feeling terribly boring and stuck in a rut. Is this the case? Then you need to get yourself up out of that desk and try something new or go explore and get the hell outta dodge! Not only will this clear your mind of the cobwebs, it’ll also get your mind-juices (gross) flowing!
Here’s a few ideas: Check out a new part of town you’ve never explored. Drive to a store or location you’ve wanted to check out and CHECK it the hell out! Do some window shopping. Watch some people from afar in a creepy, writerly way. Take up a craft or art project you’ve been meaning to try. Do that other thing you’ve been neglecting or avoiding or procrasting about for weeks. Go Skydiving, bowling, rollerskating, paint pottery, walk in a park, see a play, go to dinner somewhere you’ve never been, try a new food, hike somewhere new, pretend you need to purchase a wedding ring while visiting a jewelry store, tell a tall-tale, pretend to do someone else’s job. I’m sure you can come up with something because you want to avoid your writing anyway. I’m giving you permission to do so. Get outta my sight!
Not enough ideas? Here’s a few more: milk a cow, pet a goat, visit a Lego store/build with Legos, throw a Frisbee, buy a notebook, shop for pens, read a magazine you’d never pick up, finger paint, play with Play Doh, buy crayons, do a cartwheel (don’t kill yourself), meditate (or try to meditate), watch an exercise video on YouTube and attempt to clumsily follow along, try a skateboard, second hand shop for clothes you’d never normally wear and rock them around town, draw/paint, knit, sew on a button, buy a plant and re-pot it, fly a kite, ride a bike, organize you closet (if you’ve never done it before, do it!), visit a graveyard and read the headstones, check out a specialty store that sells things you know nothing about.
If you want to write, you have to actually live, see things, do things, try things and experience. Soak it up baby! Your writing will thank you!
Read Articles/Other Blogs
When I’m slacking on what to write about I can usually come up with something if I poke around online just mindlessly reading shit for fun. You don’t even have to be doing official research, just look around on random websites or social media and find stuff you’d like to read about and READ it. It’s that simple. Eventually something will spark your imagination or your internal rant-maker, and you’ll want to write it down. Hopefully magic happens before you reach the bitter end of the internet.
Read a Book on Writing
I’m currently reading Everybody Writes by Ann Handley and it’s inspiring me to write cause she’s insightful and it’s actually an interesting and funny book! The shitty thing is that I’m inspired to write but I still can’t think of one good topic to write about. Clearly, I need to follow my rules above for instant topic ideas. Here’s a few other writing books to get you thinking: Stephen King’s On Writing, Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott.
And if all you need is a good ass kicking to get yourself to sit down and type out your thoughts, here’s a very impressive and legit motivational blog post. Fizzle: Need Some Motivation Right Now? Read this Immediately.
Now get out there and write you slackers!! No excuses! (Or just watch this weird video of Shia LeBouf yelling at you to do something. Maybe that’s all you need?)