Linda has always had many interests including finance, reading, learning, cooking, and traveling. She enjoys researching and writing.
Writer's Block Happens
Experiencing Writer’s Block
Some days it seems like ideas for writing just flow through your fingers and onto paper. But then along comes the dark days when nothing you write seems to be right and there seems to be no new ideas. Writer’s block is seen as a condition where creativity is blocked, frustration and irritation tends to set in. Writer’s block occurs when the writer wants to write but can’t seem to find the right ideas and words. Some writers suffer from writer’s block after having a story or book rejected or criticized. What can a writer do to help get back on track and beat writer’s block?
Stories Are Out There Waiting For You to Write
Writer’s generally write about just about anything. Whatever their passion is they will write about it. Some writers write books while others are content to write short stories, poetry or articles.This is a small list of some of the things writers find to write about.
- Your own personal stories
- Science Fiction if you have a great imagination
- Social Issues
- Science and history
Stories are everywhere just waiting for the right writer to put the words down on paper. That writer could be you.
A Frustrated Writer
Romantic Stories Ideas
Love stories are very popular. Who doesn't love a good love story with a happy ending or maybe a not so happy ending. Not all love stories have happy endings.
- Love stories are all around us. Ask some older couples who have been married a long time how they met and they will be happy to give you a great story
- Or how about a man or a woman who travels back in time between two loves
- Another great story idea is two people in love with each other but live miles apart but can’t seem to find a solution to be together
- How about a story on celebrities couples who have survived a long turbulent relationship
- Tell your own love story good or bad
History is Full of Great Stories
- Write fiction stories based on historical events and people
- Write nonfiction on real characters and events
- Write your family history. Did a family member serve in one of the wars?
- Veterans are a great source of information and stories of their experiences serving our country
Ideas Right in Your Own Backyard
- Gather some odd or old items like old pictures, jewelry, clothing, games or old letters and create a story combing all those items
- Look out your window to see what the neighbors are doing (be nosy)
- Take a walk through a park and watch the people and make up stories about how those people are related and what they are doing. What’s the story of the older couple sitting on the park bench? Go talk to them.
- Has someone in your life inspired you to become a writer? Write about who that was and how they influenced your writing
- Talk with some disabled people and write about how their disability affects their lives and their family’s lives. Maybe volunteer to help someone who is disabled.
- Invite the neighbors for a cookout and just sit back and listen to some of the stories which you will hear
Imagine that you have inherited an old house that is filled with old documents and personal papers. Imagine that you find something that affects your life. Or maybe you find old stocks and bonds that are worth a fortune. What will you do with all that money?
Your Own Personal Life
While my life has been way too boring to write much about, your life may have some interesting stories to tell. Tell your stories of love, marriage, divorce or struggling through tough times. How was your life affected by other people? Who were your role models and how did they influence your life? Did you take part in peaceful or violent protests? What choices have you made that you lived to regret?
Best Tips to Beat Writing Block
- Have fun and experiment with new things and ideas
- Keep learning and researching
- Go exploring in your local area or travel if you can afford to do that
- Read anything and everything
- Research through old newspapers (Library of Congress) is a great source
- Local newspaper may also provide some inspiration
- Get started writing every day and new ideas will start to form
- Schedule writing time just like a regular job. Even just sitting down and writing whatever comes to mind. Write those ideas down for future references.
- Carry a small notebook with you and jot down things you observe that may make a good story or article later
- Write about anything that interests you. Don’t limit yourself. Write about times you were happy or had a terrible experience
Putting it All Together
In conclusion most every writer experience writer’s block from time to time. I know I do. I also know that we must all hold ourselves responsible and keep writing even when it’s difficult. Writing is not always easy but we must not give into the temptation to just throw in the towel. If writing were easy everyone would be doing it. If writing is your passion then you will keep those fingers flowing over the keyboard and the words filling the pages.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 L.M. Hosler
L.M. Hosler (author) on January 22, 2021:
Glad I was able to help. Sometimes just reading something can inspire me and get me back on track.
gyanendra mocktan from Kathmandu,Nepal on January 22, 2021:
Thank you. I am on the way: Focus in my writing. Thanks
L.M. Hosler (author) on January 21, 2021:
Gyanendra Mocktan I am sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. However I am glad that my article helped you to write a tribute to your friend. That was a great idea for an article. Keep on writing. I am sure you and your friend had some great times together and you have many more great stories to write.
gyanendra mocktan from Kathmandu,Nepal on January 21, 2021:
I have had writers block for many years. Again it has occurred to me. It is 21st of Jan'2021 today.
Exactly, one month has gone. I posted a tribute article for a friend mine who died 12 years ago on 21st of December 2008.
I am not dishearted. I will edit it again and I do believe it will be published soon here
Your article has inspired me. Thank you again.