A quick and easy way to find inspiration and beat writer's block.
Earlier this week we looked at how free writing can be a great way to get you in the mood for creativity and build ideas that you didn’t even realise you had yet. 20 minutes in the morning can leave you with a collection of sentences or scenes that can inspire a whole story.
Today I’ll show you an even quicker way to find some distilled inspiration. We often run picture competitions at Movellas and they always receive a great response. Well thought out pieces that often contain more complexities than usual.
So what to do once you have already entered our competitions but are still suffering with a bad case of the writer’s block?
Flickr have a page devoted to showing a collection of interesting images from the last seven days. It is surprisingly called interesting photos from the last seven days and has been the source of much inspiration for me and other writers I know.
I take the two photos that stand out to me the most, trying to always include at least one with a person in, and then open them up in separate tabs or print them off. Then close Flickr, two images is more than enough inspiration. Any more and you could do your brain some serious damage.
Take a blank sheet of paper and start brainstorming ideas. Where is this location? How did the girl get to be on an empty beach? What is the mood of these images? Why this mood? What does the future hold here? What does the character desire?
Once you have filled a page, stop. Again, you have to limit inspiration if you actually want to get any writing done.
Similarly to how you went about using the results from free writing, these phrases, scenes and characters can now get you back on course. Picture your writer’s block as tangled up hair in the plug in a sink, beautiful and evocative prose looks like water flowing into the drains. Picture this technique as bleach and rubber gloves.
And, obviously, don’t feel constrained to Flickr. Use images taken from newspapers or magazines, find old photos in your parents’ attic, ask a friend to draw you something. But don’t let writer’s block beat you.
Good luck with your next Movella!