So it has been a while since i have posted anything, and in truth it is not due to lack of inspiration but its that old adage of ‘time’ although frankly looking back i can see several times which i could have written but on reflection and possibly the most common excuse…i wasn’t inspired.
Fair enough we cannot be inspired all the time its true, but it is possible to unlock a any amount of that with techniques to ‘loosen you up’ as it were.
Here are a few examples:
- Timed Free-writing – As with all techniques “it’ll either work or it wont” fair enough. The idea of a timed free-writing exercise is to give the writer some ‘focus’ you have a set amount of time to think straight onto the page. You may be happy with the results you may not, it could even be the basis for something else which is great. The desired result is to have a tangible piece at the end of the session, something to prove you have achieved your goal. This means that it cannot be edited until you have completed the task which will be hard for some i know…
- Timed subject writing – sounds suspiciously like an exam to me…but don’t let that put you off, it may be the key to unlocking that block which is stopping you from writing. Pick a subject and a time length and off you go. Clear your mind and concentrate on the chosen subject, who knows what you might come up with?
- Brainstorming – A widely used technique in many fields brainstorming can unlock any number of problems through dissection. Although in this case the ‘problem’ would be the idea for the piece. It can produce some interesting results but may not be so useful for the indecisive as you are presented with so many ‘solutions’
- Accept that what you write may be utter rubbish – Again this is a difficult one for some to swallow, the egoistic perfectionist in us all screams when our works are released for all to read. It has to be accepted however there might be times when your work is not up to your standard but that doesn’t matter. The old cliche of practice makes perfect is still relevant; the more you write the chances are you will improve over time, there is no instant answer though, it will not just happen, they say it takes 10,000 hours to “master” something, you can read of this what you will, either way time is the overriding factor.
- Research your chosen subject – Similarly to the brainstorming you can find inspiration in research, you might find an aspect which lends itself to the piece you are writing perfectly and thus hopefully the story begins. Always keep in mind that with research your subject may change, this is ok, there are no particular rules within this exercise; obviously you cannot research endlessly as some conclusion and result must be drawn in order to start the writing progress *ahem* phD students!
I hope you have found this post useful, all the opinions within this post are my own, if you have any feedback or comments please do!