How to Fight Writer's Block
Jan. 27, 2010 06:00 AM
It happens to all of us. We stare at a blank screen, watching the cursor blink and minutes tick, but just can't think of how to start writing. Whether we're working on the introduction to an eBook on a dry subject, or a mid-week blog post – some days the engine just won't start.
You need a boost. So, here's a good one to try.
Writer and editor Shane Arthur came up with the site Creative Copy Challenge as a way to combat writer's block. Each day, each blog post contains a list of 10 random words and phrases. Your challenge is to write a short story that uses all the words, and post it in the comments section.
If you're thinking, "I am already behind on my real work. Now you're asking me to write a short story?" Relax. It's not necessarily about length or narrative or having a beginning, middle and end. It's just about getting your brain warmed up by finding ways to put the words together.
When you start reading people's submissions, you see that there's an unbelievable range of responses, from two sentences to 200 words. It's kind of like watching how Iron Chefs are challenged to use the same theme ingredient, but end up creating wildly different dishes.
Here's an example of a recent challenge, with two very different "stories" that use same 10 words in delicious ways. There were more than 80 comments on the post, so there's no shortage of other examples. Enjoy, and happy writing!
Creative Copy Challenge (Jan. 21).
One story, submitted by Jaced, was short and sweet:
Another, from Dallas, reads like part of a novel:
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