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:bulletpink: Talk about your projects - share your ideas, progress and problems with the people in your life

:bulletpink: Write lists - to-do lists, shopping lists, wishlists, your character's to-do lists/shopping lists/wishlists

:bulletpink: Keep a notebook in your pocket or bag and write down every idea, quote, observation that you find interesting

:bulletpink: Listen to music that has inspired you in the past

:bulletpink: Make connections with like minded people - join a club, find a writing buddy

:bulletpink: Enrol in an art class - photography, needlecraft, writing, painting, cake decorating. Whatever you like. You might not be good at it but you'll be keeping your creativity alive. Stay creative.

:bulletpink: Get a library card and use it - "Having fun is never hard when you've got a library card!"

:bulletpink: Write in a different setting - go to a historical site, an open garden, a field, sit by a lake, find a nice spot in a cemetery. Just go somewhere that you wouldn't usually go, especially to write

:bulletpink: Write a letter to your character(s) telling them what you want from them. Why are they not doing what you want them to do? Write their reply.

:bulletpink: Rewrite part of a film, poem, novel that you love - transform it, make it yours

:bulletpink: Edit someone else's work - you don't have to tell them

:bulletpink: Keep a dream diary - I know it's generic and a little lame but I've found writing my dreams down as though I'm planning a story quite insightful. If you dream as vividly as I do, keeping a dream diary will be easy but if you don't remember your dreams, how about a daydream diary?

:bulletpink: People watch - sit in a cafe, a pub, or park and observe the people around you. Make up their stories in your head - why are that couple not talking to each other? Is that a mother and son or are they lovers? Is that paint or blood on that child's hands?

:bulletpink: Go to a museum and learn something about the past - write about your experience in the third person

:bulletpink: Keep a diary of one of your characters - purchase a set of small notebooks or start an online journal to write your character(s) thoughts in

:bulletpink: Find a children's book - rewrite it as a horror story

:bulletpink: Read a genre you wouldn't usually read - always read fantasy? Try crime fiction. Horror? Give historical romance a go

:bulletpink: Play Scrabble on your own then write something using all the words you make on the board

:bulletpink: If you use a computer to write, cover the screen to stop yourself from editing as you go

:bulletpink: Just write - every idea you have has already been imagined in some form or another so let go of that ever-present need to write something original

:bulletpink: Turn off the TV. Now. Stop watching TV, movies etc for a week and see how much you get done

:bulletpink: Read your work out loud - either to yourself or to someone else. You could even have someone else read it to you (be brave!). Record yourself reading, listen back and edit from there

:bulletpink: Stop looking for the perfect word while you write - worry about it when you edit

:bulletpink: Write using the method you're comfortable with - don't let anyone tell you you're 'doing it wrong', it's your work and you are the only critic that matters

:bulletpink: Don't censor yourself - 'Do I really need all those swear words? Is the description of that character offensive?' Maybe, maybe not - figure it out when you edit
These are some ideas I've come up with to keep me writing. Can you think of any more?
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taylorbug91401 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
Wow! Really helpful. I'm glad I found this. I'm going to try your ideas out! Thanks.
themagpiepoet Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome. Thank you :glomp:. x
Ja-mes Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Useful. :D
themagpiepoet Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you :) x
sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
"Bullet; Pink If you use a computer to write, cover the screen to stop yourself from editing as you go"

This one I am curious about.
How does this work?
Why would you do this?
Find a children's book - rewrite it as a horror story
This is cool.
Neil Gaiman has written stories for kids as well as Grisham and Patterson.

Should be "Enroll"
The-OMG-Cat Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
Read bad fanfiction?
themagpiepoet Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The-OMG-Cat Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
ChickyChicky003 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
Awesome tips! May I suggest adding "role-play"? That's generally gaurunteed to kill my writer's block.
Rutana Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Student Writer
Very nice, and partly funny list :D

I've one suggestion of a change though:

"Edit someone else's work - you don't have to tell them"
It should be self explanatory, but still, I would add ", but keep it to yourself. Don't upload it unless you have the original writer's permission."
There are enough people that might not think about it and might come to the idea, that it's ok to edit someone's work, unasked, and then upload it. If you do it for yourself, I agree - so long no one knows and you keep it to yourself, it's fine. But uploading it, probably to showcase "your work", is just not ok ^^
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