I sometimes sit down at my Apple Mac, open up the word processing program (I use Microsoft Word) and just stare at a blank screen. Sound familiar? If so, don’t fret. There are a few things you can do to dismantle the dam that has stopped your creative waters from flowing freely.
First things first, try writing lists. Set a timer for three minutes and write a list. It can be anything from groceries to the different hues of the color red. It really doesn’t matter as long as you are writing.
The second task (this is a fun one), that is very helpful in opening the floodgates of creative waters, is word matching. Again, set a timer for three minutes. Then, write two words together that usually don’t go. For example: Butterfish, Pillarstar, and Motorleaf. They are nonsensical words that can spark a whole paragraph, a story or just make you laugh out load.
The third warm up to try is simple, listing opposites. On a sheet of paper make a line down the center. Set your timer to three minutes. On the right side of you page, list a word and on the left side, list the opposite word. It should look something like:
These are basic examples, but you can use any word you happen to think of. There is always a Yang for a Yin.
Forth, but not unworthy, is the “Why” game. The “Why” game can be played several ways. You will have to choose, what will work best for your immediate needs. If you are writing fiction, you can ask, why is my protagonist…?
If you are writing a non-fiction, ask a question similar to, why is this piece I’m writing important? Or if there is no current writing, simply, ask yourself, why do I want to write? Set the timer for two minutes and answer the question(s) you posed. You may be surprised by what bobs up to the surface. In turn, they may be exactly the craft, to get you sailing once more.
Use one or all of these examples whenever you like. Especially before you sit down to writer. You will not be sorry you did.