What to Write When You Have No Idea?
Do you recall when this amazing idea originally came to you? Perhaps you were looking for books, waiting for an author’s autograph, or sitting in amazement after finishing a fantastic book. The idea germinated, and before you knew it, you were running to a stationary store to stock up on notebooks, pens, sticky notes, and highlighters. You look online for writer-related items, such as a nice laptop sticker or a mug with the phrase “Writer at Work.” You’re filling that mug with something, setting it next to your stack of notebooks, and pushing the keyboard closer to you the instant it arrives, because IT’S TIME.
You begin working on a fresh document. The keys fly in your palms. This is it—the moment of truth has arrived.
The page is really white. How did you go so long without noticing? And there’s that dreadful flickering cursor… Is it just me, or does it seem a little harsh?
And it’s at this point that you understand your main idea includes a secondary component:
I’d like to write….
But I’m not sure where to begin. Well, here are some tips that can help you to write when you have no idea.
Sure, it seems self-evident, but getting started can be difficult. We’re afraid of committing our thoughts to paper because they might end up looking like a four-year-Cheerios-and-glue old’s “masterpiece.” So, what’s this? It’s perfectly OK if they do. Great narrative takes patience, and if Stephen King, Susanne Collins, and Nora Roberts didn’t mind waiting, neither should we.
Workbook for Outlining Your Novel
To get started, try dream zoning. Make a list of your thoughts, or use one of these approaches or this outlining software to outline the tale you want to tell. Start with a little project, such as a short tale or scene. Instead of putting pressure on ourselves to write the next Game of Thrones, we should focus on getting comfortable with putting words on the page and having fun.
Read it again and again.
Reading is so delightful that we forget that each narrative contains a wealth of knowledge about what makes a book good, horrible, or out-of-this-world outstanding. As a result, read widely and consider what makes each narrative intriguing. Look for memorable characters, tale worlds that make you feel like you’re a part of them, and plots that keep you turning pages late at night. Ask yourself the following questions:
- How did certain characters become larger-than-life?
- Were you drawn to them by their personalities, complicated motives, or a truth they live by?
- Which scenes and situations did you find to be the most realistic?
Examining where you were enthralled by the storyteller will help you discover how you can do the same for your audience.
Become a member of a writing group
Finding others on the writer’s path is one of the best things you can do at the start of this trip. A writer’s community connects you with others who share your goals, allowing you to learn from and encourage one another. Furthermore, having creative in your orbit holds you accountable, ensuring that your butt stays in the chair and words get penned.
Build up a Knowledge War Chest
We all have some natural aptitude and ability, but in order to write properly, we must practice. Visit Amazon to look for writing books with good reviews so you can decide which ones will be most beneficial to your growth. Make a mental note of the title or ISBN and place an order at your local bookstore.
Subscribing to helpful writing blogs is another technique to expand your expertise. Bite-sized learning can be ideal for a busy schedule. Visit Amazon to look for writing books with good reviews so you can decide which ones will be most beneficial to your growth. Make a mental note of the title or ISBN and place an order at your local bookstore.
Look for step-by-step instructions.
The route from a concept to a publishable book/article is lengthy, and it’s easy to get lost along the way, as any writer will tell you. When we don’t know what to write next or how to address a problem in the story, it’s not entertaining. And if we become too frustrated or our writing becomes stagnant for an extended period of time, we may give up. Having a professional offer advice while you write can help you stay on target.
Some authors prefer to work with a writing coach in order to receive personalized critique and assistance as they progress. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, here’s a place to start. You’ll learn a lot about writing along the way, but depending on how long you require tutoring, it can get expensive. Another alternative is to go to One Stop for Writers and look at the Storyteller’s Roadmap. The novel-writing process is divided into three stages: planning, writing, and revision. It includes step-by-step directions as well as links to tools, resources, and articles that will help you do the task more quickly.
Be Fearless Above All
Starting a book/article can seem like a massive task, and we have a tendency to talk ourselves out of ambitious ideas. We are afraid of failing because we believe that failing is worse than not attempting at all. Don’t let fear stop you from writing if you have a burning desire to do so. Great stories are desperately needed in the world! At the end, don’t let a lack of inspiration discourage you. More ideas will come to you; you are neither “unimaginative” or “uncreative.” Give it some time, unwind, and continue to write so that you’ll be prepared when the next huge idea comes.
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