Keep a notebook in your pocket or bag and write down every idea, quote, observation that you find interesting
Listen to music that has inspired you in the past
Make connections with like minded people - join a club, find a writing buddy
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.
Get a library card and use it - "Having fun is never hard when you've got a library card!"
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
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.
Rewrite part of a film, poem, novel that you love - transform it, make it yours
Edit someone else's work - you don't have to tell them
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?
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?
Go to a museum and learn something about the past - write about your experience in the third person
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
Find a children's book - rewrite it as a horror story
Read a genre you wouldn't usually read - always read fantasy? Try crime fiction. Horror? Give historical romance a go
Play Scrabble on your own then write something using all the words you make on the board
If you use a computer to write, cover the screen to stop yourself from editing as you go
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
Turn off the TV. Now. Stop watching TV, movies etc for a week and see how much you get done
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
Stop looking for the perfect word while you write - worry about it when you edit
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
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
" 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.
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