One of the hardest things about writing for you guys is that we constantly have to come up with new ideas all of the time, and we can’t copy other people’s ideas. I mean who wants to hear the same thing all over again? So then we go through the process of trying to find topic that either haven’t been written about, or can be done with new information. When this doesn’t work, sometimes I go online to get inspiration, whether it’s something that many people want to know about college or just what everyone is currently interested in.
Although doing these things help, it’s not a guarantee that it will work, and then it’s easy to sit around and struggle to figure out what to write. This happens often in regular writing, too, when the teacher gives a very broad writing topic. After years of struggling, I sort of found a method to just get ideas flowing and generate a flow of thinking that usually gives way to a good topic in the end.
When you have time, grab some paper and a pen (not a pencil) and start writing down words as fast as possible. Write down your favorite things, things you absolutely hate, and the most bizarre things you can think of. If you are given a general topic for a paper. write down everything you can that relates to that, pick your favorite word from there, and then write more words about that that are a little more specific. This method helps you figure out what you want to write about, and allows you get to a very detailed topic to write about if you are given a very general writing response.
Now, you might be wondering why I said not to use a pencil, only a pen or something that is not easily erasable. This is because when you go through making the lists of words, if you mess up a word, you can’t just erase and pick it back up. I have noticed that if you are actually interested in writing about that topic, you tend to go back and either fix the error or rewrite it completely. This helps eliminate the words and ideas that you don’t care about much, and can even spark an interest in a new idea.
Almost everyone gets writer’s block at some point or another, and it tends to drive us all insane until we can eventually come up with an idea. I hope this method eases some of your writers block or even inspires you to write for a blog of your own if you find that you really enjoy it.
And if anyone has any tips to breaking down their writer’s block, feel free to leave a comment stating your method to cure the madness that comes with not knowing what to write. You never know who you could help on a tough day!