As a writer, sometimes I suffer from writer’s block. The blank page taunts me. The cursor blinks as if it is laughing at me.
The best thing to do when confronted with writer’s block is to write. The words can be complete nonsense – it doesn’t matter so long as words are written.
Below is a writing prompt to spark your creativity.
In less than a week 2015 will be here. A new year filled with possibilities. This year I want to be clear on my writing goals and you should too. Without goals you have no way to measure your success.
What are your writing goals for 2015?
Sometimes the simplest words have the most impact.
Today’s words are:
All I want for Christmas is you.
Here is an idea to help you start writing now: Create a list of all your favorite words. Add to this list throughout the day. At the end of the day, write a poem using some of your favorite words.
lend me your fire so I can burn
ashes of a former life
slip through my fingers
glow of the smoking embers
ignite my life
destroy the remains
I don’t know about you, but this Christmas I am hoping for a few writer gifts in my life. Besides an Ipad and case there are a few other things I want for Christmas.
- Haikubes: a set of 63 word cubes. Simply roll the cubes and use the words that come up to create an expressive haiku.These just seem like fun.
- Don’t Annoy the Writer Coffee Mug : a coffee mug for the writer in your life. Because who doesn’t need more coffee.
- Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative: teach the writer in your life how to be more creative when they steal your ideas.
- Aitao Journal in Dark Coffee: a journal to write down all their thoughts.I’m going to Ireland in March so I could really use an awesome journal to write in while I am there.
- Sharpie Pen: a good pen to write with. This pen is honestly one of my favorites. Writes smoothly, but has the feel of a marker.
- Outlander (8 Book Series): give the gift of a fun book series to read about love and time travel.I started reading this series when I was in high school, but never finished. Now it is a series on Starz – all the more reason to read it again.
You can find poetry anywhere if you just look.
This weekend I was in downtown Claremont with my family. I was outside the folk music store listening to live Christmas music when I noticed this poem posted outside.
It instantly spoke to me and I haven’t been able to get the words of the poem out of my head.
You can find poetry anywhere if you just open your eyes and look.
“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.”
– Cyril Connolly [The New Statesman, February 25, 1933]
This quote is a good reminder to everyone that at the end of the day you should write for yourself before anyone else. Your voice matters. So write the story that YOU want to read.
As a writer you have a desire to write. Every time you thwart that desire you are stopping a part of yourself. If you don’t honor that desire within you to write that desire doesn’t just go away. And every time you don’t act on that desire, a part of you feels incomplete. If you want to write, start now, start today. You might never get a second chance.
So write about your desires: write about what you want more than anything. Turn your wants and desires into a poem. Give your desires a name. If you don’t – no one will.
Writing in a journal can be the most important thing that you do. Journals are an expression of yourself, a way to heal after a loss, an exercise in creativity, a place to write your thoughts, a place of freedom to do and say whatever you want, and so much more. Click here to read more about reasons why you should keep a journal.
Below are some journal techniques for when you don’t know what to write:
- Forget all requirements for writing – anything goes in a journal
- Write when the mood strikes- you don’t have to write daily
- Write honestly – without avoiding the important things
- Start today – in the middle of your life – you don’t have to write about your beginnings if you don’t want
- Write a poem
- Write a list
- Release your emotions. Your journal can be filled with thoughts you are freeing from yourself. Writing it down keeps it from eating you alive.
- Reflect on your life
- Description – paint a scene so vivid you could relive it later
- Write letters you would never send to anyone
- Free write – write whatever comes to mind even if it doesn’t make sense now
- Write a dialog with yourself (or someone else)
- Dream mapping
- Write what you are grateful for
- Life goals
- Quotes that inspire you
The most important thing to remember is that it is your journal. You don’t have to let anyone read it if you don’t want to.
There are so many ways to document your life. You can include pictures, drawings, or receipts in your journal. In fact you might just find yourself writing on the back of receipts and taping it into your journal later. And here is a fun tip I found online: Create a table on contents in your journal so you can go back to the stuff you want to remember. If you number your journal pages you can reference the topics you wrote about. Kinda cool right?
So what are you waiting for? Start writing in your journal now.
I’m addicted to your touch
the way you smell at 2 am
the way your lips find me in the dark
the way your skin tastes
the way your feet hang from the bed
the way your lips kiss my shoulder
when I beg for sleep
– Katherine Orr