From Inspiration

3 Great Exercises to Beat Writer’s Block

SOME WRITERS SAY WRITER’S BLOCK IS A MYTH. That may be true for some, but for the rest of us, there are definitely times when words just won’t appear on the page. To me it feels like a deadening of the senses, a sensation where every word or idea I conceive of tastes flat and stale in my mouth. That distaste makes me afraid to write anything down. But don’t worry, o blocked ones; there are remedies for this situation. Here are a few exercises to get you going again when you feel paralyzed.

1. The random line game. Sometimes you just need a little momentum to gather. Famous writers sometimes begin by copying favorite sentences from books they love; after writing a few beautiful sentences, they’re ready to start writing their own. Go to your bookshelf, pull out a random book, turn to page 84, and look at the 7th sentence on the page. Type it into your document (or write it in your notebook). That is the first line of a new story. Now go, go, go! (Just remember to cut that sentence later — you’re only borrowing it to get started). Read more

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Bank MThis view of a bank vault with a couch inside is so intriguing — and there’s something delightfully steampunk about it as well. Who might be sitting on that couch when someone opens the vault door?

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View from the top of EiffelThis week’s photo is a classic view — it’s looking at Paris from the Eiffel Tower — but the clarity and scope of the image makes me see the city in a brand new light. Will it inspire you to write this week?

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Soudain...This week’s inspirational photo is an example of being in the right place at the right time! What a beautiful action shot. It reminds me of the power and dynamism of the sea. It never stops moving, and its movements are often startling and ferocious.

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