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Journaling

What helps you to keep your writing ideas fresh? Do you have a bulletin board you pin them on? A three ring binder with sections for different types of ideas? Perhaps you have a journal you write in daily. If you do any of these, continue reading. Below are some ideas to chew on for writing ideas.

  • What is the worst nightmare you’ve ever had?
  • How would someone else describe you?
  • Describe your ideal getaway.
  • If you could have three things, what would they be? Why?
  • How can some of the trials and tribulations you’ve been through turn into something good/blessings?
  • What are 3 or 4 things you are grateful for?
  • Describe your favorite season if you were to combine two of them together.
  • If you could go anywhere in the past, where/when would you go? Why?
  • Describe your ideal day.
  • Write down three of your favorite things, and create a cartoon scenario using them.
  • What does happiness mean to you?
  • How have you changed in the last 5 years?
  • Write about your hobby.
  • Complete this sentence. I was walking in the forest when…..
  • What distractions are keeping you from being productive?
  • How do you spend your Sundays?
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WarmUp

Do you warm up your writing engine before you start working on your writing project? I guess I would have to say, for me, it’s split 50/50. Sometimes I will warm up and sometimes I won’t. It all depends on whether or not the creative juices are flowing when I sit down to write. If I know what I’m going to write next in my work in progress (WIP), I don’t do a warm up. If I’m stuck, I do a warm up. That will get the ideas flowing again.

Types of Warmup Exercises

  • Writing prompts
  • Journal writing
  • Writing a blog article
  • Write a poem
  • Look at a painting/picture:
    • Describe the setting
    • Describe what’s is going on (Remember, a picture is worth 1000 words)
    • Write a poem using your descriptions (Who knows, you might be able to use it in your WIP)
  • Take a walk in a cemetery. Speculate about the people who once lived. What do you think they looked like? What do you think they did for a living? How do you think they died and/or what’s the story behind it? Come up with scenarios/stories regarding random people. Did they know each other? If so, what was their relationship? You could go on and on with this.
  • Go to the beach. What do you see? What connections can you make with what’s in front of you? Maybe the people you see walking along the beach are sea people. If so, why are they there on the beach? What’s their story? (FEEL FREE TO STEAL THIS IDEA IF YOU LIKE)

Don’t be daunted by the blank page ever again. The only reason the blank page is a stopper is because nothing is there. So put something in your head first before you look at that blank page, then you’ll be able to readily transfer it to the blank page when you look at it.