Writer’s Wednesday: How to fix a blank page.

>So you’re staring at a blank page and you don’t know what to write, here’s some tips:

1)Stop editing. Just let the words flow.

2) Follow the emotions:  If you feel yourself getting emotional with a scene, let it flow!  That’s great and it means you’re probably headed in the right direction.

3) Type with your eyes closed:  If you find yourself getting caught up in editing, go ahead and close those eyes.  You’ll be able to picture that scene better and you won’t get distracted by errors.

4) Listen to music:  Not only will it inspire the Muse, it’ll distract the part of your brain that wants to edit.

5) Freewrite and brainstorm.  Just start typing something to see where it takes you.  Sometimes the best brainstorming sessions are the ones we freewrite.

6) Do research:  You never know what will strike your fancy and become the catalyst for a novel.


7 Responses to β€œWriter’s Wednesday: How to fix a blank page.”

  1. Pam Harris says:

    >Listening to the band Muse actually inspires my muse. πŸ™‚

  2. Nicole Zoltack says:

    >I love research. Only problem is that I sometimes spend too much time on it.

  3. Eleven Eleven says:

    >I have the hardest time listening to music when I write. Maybe I over-edit in my first draft?

  4. Ezmirelda says:

    >As for listening to music–because listening to music w/ words can be distracting I listen to classical/instrumantal music while I'm writing. It's a great muse. πŸ™‚

  5. Kristal Lee says:

    >1)Stop editing. Just let the words flow.

    My brain seems stuck in edit mode, but I'm finding that I can't move forward while in that state of mind. So, trying to learn how to write a first draft without editing. We'll see how that goes.

  6. Jennifer Walkup says:

    >Great list. I agree with the research list. Also, sometimes just browsing online, or through a magazine or tv sparks something! Great post.

  7. Jenn says:

    >I think these ideas are great! I usually just use the music one. Can't write without it. I have a normal playlist and an emotional classical/piano music for the sad parts. I really thinks it works really well to get yourself in the mood of the scene πŸ™‚

    I definitely will give these other ideas a try though!