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I can’t think of anything to write this month

When you’re a writer, the scariest thing you can imagine isn’t …

Or this …

It’s this:
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Yes. The blank piece of paper. With no words written on it. It’s like looking into the void.

Sometimes, however hard you try, you can’t think of anything to write about. You simply have no…

Image courtesy of Theeradech Sanin at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Theeradech Sanin at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

So what can you do?

You could bang your head against this…

Image courtesy of Sira Anamwong at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Sira Anamwong at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Or more helpfully, you can…
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Brainstorming is good too. It’s amazing how talking to other people gets your creative juices flowing.

Ideas often spring from the most unexpected places: newspaper stories, things people say, even adverts on email groups like this one, which I came across the other day…
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When I saw it the first thing I thought was, ‘Wouldn’t this be a great start to a short story?’ (Actually that’s the third thing I thought. The first was, ‘Why did two friends both have gorilla suits?’ and the second was, ‘How on earth did the friends get their gorilla suits mixed up?’)

So what do you do when you can’t think of anything to write about? Let me know!

18 thoughts on “I can’t think of anything to write this month

  1. Oh goodness, it is like re-living my childhood nightmares – that Child Catcher is horrific 🙂 but yes, a blank piece of paper is scarier … but only just.

  2. Hi Hill 🙂

    I look at pictures or read. It’s good sometimes just to have time off but, other times, it’s just plain annoying. When I have enough time off, my characters just pop into my head and say, ‘Write about me woman!!!’ Then I go to my laptop and.. BUZZ! 🙂

  3. I go to a museum and look at the objectst that belonged to people long ago or far away. The little things. A wedding coat made from salmon skin (in the V&A). children’s toys from ancient Egypt (the British Museum), tiling from ancient Persia (the Louvre). That said, the story I sent in yesterday was prompted by a furry blob I was given in the Molecular Research Lab…

  4. The child catcher… ugh *shudders*. That bit where he goes to the grate and you just see his face… I read somewhere that people are getting harder to scare but that child catcher scene makes me recoil in horror every time. I wrote a poem about having no ideas and having no idea what to write when I was in that state. I was quite proud of it 🙂 My friend climbs up somewhere high like a tree when she’s out of ideas. Apparently the sky is very inspiring

    • The child catcher used to appear in my nightmares! He was seriously scary.
      I’d love to read your poem!
      Now, climbing a tree is another great idea. Although I’d probably get stuck. x

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