Then, the Australian stumped me with this question:
“I understand, mate. But what TOPICS should I write about?”
I’d been extolling the benefits of stream-of-consciousness writing with a new friend halfway across the world. I think I sounded like some kind of wizard.
“Start writing, and the ideas will flow!” I exclaimed, rubbing my magic crystal ball and straightening my aluminum foil hat.
Can I be honest with you? For me, that’s exactly how it works. I get 15 ideas by the time I hop out of the shower. The pour through my pores from every point of my awareness. Then, I write about one concept and come up with 6 more. This is the infinite ideas life.
But it wasn’t always that way.
There was I time I’d spend weeks without a single keystroke. “There’s nothing new to write,” I would say.
Sometimes, you simply need a guide. Your creative block may not an issue of output, but of input. A single word or sentence at the right time can send you flying.
Here are the best prompt providers I’ve seen lately.
Okay, Writer’s Digest is taking the top spot in no small part because of all the other resources available to aspiring authors.
Brian Kelms is an excellent person and publishes a new prompt every week. At time of writing, the latest is “Harry Potter comes to your house,” so of course I’m a fan. (Shouts out to my fellow Ravenclaws)
This worksheet is interesting. Although you never get anything new (it’s a static PDF), you could take this document and hide in a cabin for an entire year and never run out of things to write about.
And let’s face it, that’s pretty much the dream for every writer.