On one of my previous posts, someone asked a question, and since it wasnt the newest post, I figured I’d answer here. This is the question she asked:
“I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you do not mind.
I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your thoughts before writing.
I have had a difficult time clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out there.
I do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are
generally lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any suggestions or hints?
Well, to be honest, sometimes my mind blanks too. I have a good amount of writing time set, I open up the story I’m working on, put my hands on the keyboard and…..Blank. I have no idea what to say. Other times, my mind is going a million miles an hour and I can’t clear it enough to actually get anything concrete down. I think this is what you’re asking about, but I’ll address both problems here.
Some people describe this problem as Writer’s Block. You want to work, but you cant get any ideas out. Here are a few ways to get around it:
1. Don’t write at that exact moment. Take 10-15 minutes and go do something simple, like playing a video game or reading a book you’ve read a million times before. When you come back, your mind might have cleared enough to start writing.
2. Don’t work on that particular story. Start a new story, or even a poem or something. Maybe pull out a really old story you never finished and work on that. I have about nine different stories I’m working on right now, and when my mind blanks on one of them, I work on a different one.
3. Get food. This may sound really stupid, but I think better when I’m eating chocolate. Sadly, my mom does not buy chocolate very often. But if you have a food that you really like nearby, you might think better.
4. Let’s say you want to write a fanfiction. Well, go watch an episode or the movie its from. Go read your favorite chapter of the book its from. Its hard to write about already existing characters when you can’t remember what they are like. Of course, this will only work on fanfictions, not entirely made-up stories.
5. Imagine yourself in the story. Some characters are really relateable, others arent. If yours is, then this idea will work a lot better. Pretend you are your character. What’s around you? What would you say? Maybe you arent like your character, so what would they say? Are they sassy? Are they shy? The imagination is a great thing for writing. Having an active imagination will really improve your stories.
6. Word war. For people who don’t know what a word war is, basically you get together with a friend and give yourselves a certain amount of time. Lets say 15 minutes. Then you both start writing as fast as you can. Doesnt matter if its on an existing story or a new one. Who ever has the most words at the end of the time limit wins! This really helps if you are competitive and hate losing. =D
That’s all the ideas I have for now, but if you have more, feel free to comment them below. All these ideas won’t work for everyone, but at least they can get you started. Honestly, number 5 is my favorite. I imagine myself in a lot of my favorite movies and books to give me more ideas. That’s actually how I fall asleep at night, in a story.
I hope this helps, and comment with any other questions you might have. I’d be happy to answer any that I can.