As you know, I'm working on quite a few stories, so you'd think I would be able to write at any given moment; but that isn't the case. At this particular time, I have writers block, and I HATE IT.
I have a few different exercises I do when I get in a place like this and thought I'd share them. Here's to hoping it helps!
1. Name lists!
Sounds crazy, I know, but sometimes a name can inspire an entire story for me. I like to get online and type in, 'popular baby names in (specific year here),' and see what comes up. I have a list in a notebook that categorizes names by gender and gender neutral. (I can honestly say it's my favorite list. That's right people… I love lists.)
2. List story ideas!
I have another ongoing list of things I like to call my plot ideas. Anything that interests me, I write down on that list and try to add it to some form of plot. For instance, I play piano, so I know about pianos. A story that could come from that would be; A young man/woman dreams of playing piano, and once they have enough money for lessons, they take them. Upon meeting the instructor, they realize that there's something intriguing about him/her and can't seem to stay away. (See, I just came up with that and it's already something that I want to write…)
The things you find interesting are more than likely going to be where you find your passion in writing. If you're struggling with writers block and you hate basketball, you definitely don't want to try writing a story about basketball. Find your passion and write about it. Add it to a character's interests and bring it to life!
A while back I was trying to finish book two in the Redemption Series. I was struggling with it and I went almost a month without adding anything to the story. So, I got on Netflix and started watching a few '90's rom-coms, (my absolute favorite movie genre) I found the inspiration I needed in someone else's story. I was so moved by the love in those movies, that it kickstarted my brain and my imagination was widened. I'm excited to say, I did end up finishing book two, but I don't think I could have finished it when I did had I not been inspired by love itself.
These ideas may not help everyone, but they do a lot for me when I'm in a pinch. Writers block is a blessing and a curse and what I mean by that is, it can be frustrating when you just want to sit at the computer and write something meaningful and impactful, but at the same time, it can help you break out of your comfort zone! It can open doors in your mind you never imagined were there.