Monday Morning Edition: Practical Proposals for Winning with Writer’s Block

Today’s Practical Proposal is simply this: write for nine minutes.

Set a timer for nine minutes, hit start, and then write whatever comes into your head. When the timer dings, you stop writing. It’s that easy.

Need more? Try these:

You can develop a new character, or rework an old one.

You can write about what you did yesterday or a year a go.

You can write a letter to friend, family member, coworker, or character.

You can write “I do not know what to write” or “this really sucks” over and over — however, after about 3 minutes of that your creative juices will begin to flow, I promise.

You can find a picture from a magazine or book and make up a story about it.

Or you can try starting with open-ended statements like, “I wish I was…” or “It all began when…” or “December wasn’t usually this cold but…”

Happy Writing! Tweet us @inkwellbookco and let us know what works for you!

-the Inkwell team


Monday Morning Edition: Practical Propsals for Winning with Writer’s Block

Writer’s block, again? Gah! That’s the worst. You’re staring at your computer screen (or, if you’re old school, pad of paper) drumming your fingers and wondering why you’re stumped and if it’s too late in life to switch careers.

But there’s hope, people. I promise.

Today’s Practical Proposal for Winning with Writer’s Block is….

Do Something Creative

  1. Paint
  2. Draw
  3. Play an instrument,
  4. Do that craft from Pinterest you thought you could maybekindof do
  5. Scrap-booking
  6. Build a den or fort
  7. Go for a  hike
  8. Listen to music
  9. Watch a movie
  10. Make video
  11. Explore Pinterest, Instagram, or Twitter
  12. Cook or bake, invent a recipe or try something from that one cookbook you have
  13. Play a prank (channel Jim from “The Office” )
  14. Make a sculpture
  15. Do a self portrait
  16. Go driving and get yourself lost, then find your way back
  17. Try a new restaurant
  18. Learn a new skill (like rollerblading or paper mache)
  19. Create a new character and write a day in their life
  20. No matter what, be engaged, be excited, get those creative juices flowing!

Can’t decide what to do? Use this random number generator to pick for you!

Happy Writing! Tweet us @inkwellbookco and let us know what works for you!

-the Inkwell team