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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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DestinyWing Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Student Writer
By the time I finished reading this, I never realize that I almost done them all. My television is off right now and I have headphones on my head...Silly me.
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.
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