You probably know a few such people yourself, which is why the quip is funny—but the problem actually hits closer home than we might expect.
It turns out that even thoughtful people who are proactive about their training end up doing a lot of practice that is not only pointless,
Is there a story you remember about him or her?
Here is a pet story I came across recently:
When Moe, the dog died, three-year-old Luke Westbrook pined for his four-legged friend.
In the end, Luke’s mother came up with the idea to write a weekly letter to Moe together with Luke. She addressed it to:
It’s great when our friends and family support us and think we can do anything as long as it involves words, and a keyboard or pen.
The truth, though, is that we all get stuck from time to time.
Creativity is fickle.
Getting past the stuck places can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be.
Here are seven techniques I use to boost my creativity and get out of a creative funk.
Can you come up with a mini-story of not more than 350 words?
In case you’re not familiar with our Creative Writing Prompt Challenge, here’s how it works:
Now for the ground rules:
Find the 7th book from your bookshelf. Open it up to page 7. Look at the 7th sentence on the page. Begin a poem that begins with that sentence and limit the length to 7 lines.
Open the dictionary to a random page.
Do you have a love-hate relationship with it?
On the one hand are many writing options, waiting to unfold.
On the other, a dread of the unknown that freezes your fingers.
And always, that vast, nagging question: what shall I write about?
You’re surrounded by brilliant writing ideas waiting only for you to grab them and transform them into riveting pieces.
Of course you have!
I mean, who hasn’t?
The problem with creativity is that it can get crushed so easily.
A negative remark from a teacher long ago, or an insensitive quip from a friend can be all it takes to stymie your ability to create.
Luckily, there are ways to restore your innate creativity.
A blog is like a hungry beast, always asking for more.
Sometimes, you’re stuck and just can’t get anything onto a page. It happens to me too.
A short while ago I was on a flight from Thailand to New Zealand and I was determined to write a post. I opened my laptop,
Last week, your writing seemed fine.
Well, maybe not fine, but at least okay.
The plot and pacing in your story worked well enough. Your poetry flowed. You like where your nonfiction outline was headed.
Out of nowhere, your imagination runs dry.
Today, nothing’s right when you write. You struggle with the blank page, clawing for each word.