In this post, Ms. Jena Isle weighed in to rescue this blog writer who had a bad case of writer’s block. She suggested a writing prompt series to get the writing juice flowing.
This originally appeared as Jena’s comment in the previous post A Curious Case of Writer’s Block. Since she is generous enough to share her tricks of the trade, I feel blog writers who may feel a little distressed about what to write can have a crack at Ms. Jena Isles’ useful writing prompts.
Let’s hear it from Jena:
Writer’s block does not happen to me, thank God. It’s the opposite: I have so many ideas swarming in my mind thatI don’t know where to start. But it’s true, I have so many things I would like to write.
Take, for example, the “what happens..” series:
1. What happens after people die?
2. What happens when I take a nap?
3. What happens when I don’t drink water?
4. What happens inside a psychopath’s mind?
5. What happens when people are insensitive?
6. What happens when I don’t comment on Jan’s post?
And then there’s the Top of anything series:
1. Top 10 songs I love to listen to (My 10Top Songs)
2. Top 7 ways to spruce up your blog
3. Top 3 killer diseases in the country
4. Top 10 pet peeves of bloggers
5. Top 5 undesirable traits in a man
6. Jan’s top sucky moments in blogging ( Jan’s contribution)
And the “how to” series:
1. How to lie with aplomb
2. How to skin a potato
3. How to deal with ungrateful people
4. How to put up a thesis theme
5. How to twit effectively
6. How to make your comment a stand out (modified by Jan)
Other writing prompts to overcome writer’s block
I know, I know… I’m just trying to play along with Jan’s “ka-pow” message. There are still many “series” I would like to write about – the “I dislike it when” …series , “I love it when …” series. You don’t even have to begin with these simple sentences.
These examples are just an explanation as to why I don’t run out of ideas. Take these ideas for a spin. You can even write more catchy titles.
Difficulty in constructing the first sentence usually stymies my first attempt. But once I hurdle that challenge, I usually find it smooth sailing, all the way down stream.
It may not work for you, but this works for me in overcoming writer’s block – like a breeze!
Do you have other tricks in beating writer’s block? Feel free to share them in your comments. You can also ask Ms. Jena Isle questions as regards writing prompts and her tricks of the trade. Over to you now.
About the Author: Ms. Jena Isle writes for GewGaw Writings, a creative writing blog which also showcases creative writers from around the world. She features known writers such as Ken Armstrong, Jim Murdoch, Tasha Bud, Angel Cuala, our very own blogging buddies Roy and Doc Z among other writing talents. She presides over them with an even hand and fine sense of maternal instinct for nurturing young creative talents. Ms. Jena’s profile says she’s believes “that the good will always triumph and that dreams are meant to come true. Do! There is no try!”
Useful Writing Resources:
- Chris Brogan’s 100 Useful Blog Topics I Hope You Will Write
- P. Liu’s 101 Great Posting Ideas That Will Make Your Blog Sizzle
- Skellie’s Top 20 Ways To Come Up With Amazing Ideas