Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Get "Unblocked," Be Creative

Writers, are you blocked? Do you need a new story idea?

Get out your TV listings magazine and read the descriptions of various programs. This is a great way to find the inspiration you need to create a premise of your own.

If you've got a collection of DVDs, checkout the blurbs for the movies or TV programs. Select an intriguing premise, put some of the characters you've created into this situation and see what happens.

Checkout your stash of novels. Page through them until an idea strikes you as a good possibility for a short story or novel premise. Profile a few characters from those stories. Mix and match plots and characters and find something unique which you'd like to develop into a story.

These are great exercises in creativity. You'll find they can be a big help in getting those writing juices going. Before you know it, you're fingers will be flying over that keyboard creating a new project.

You can decide a few thousand words into your new story whether or not it's worth completing, but at least you'll no longer be blocked or devoid of story ideas.

Try it, and see how well it works for you.


Fran Shaff, Award-Winning Author
Fran's Web Page

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