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What To Write When you Don't Know WHAT To Write

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Everyone has days when they just blank on their writing. Whether it's a blog post they can't come up with a topic for, an essay or research paper they can't seem to put into words, or a story that's just come to a halt--we all have those days. We can't figure out what to write, we stare at a blank screen or page for minutes, hours, maybe more, trying to get words to come. But they just won't.

No, it's not writer's block. I did a while post on that a while ago; you should check it out. But it's definitely a problem, especially when you're an author with deadlines. So what can you do to get past this?

Well, if you haven't guessed already, I'm at one of the places today. I forgot to post Friday because I couldn't figure out what to post about, and now I'm scrambling for an interesting topic.

But there's a reason for all this. You know why? Because when you can't think about what to write, that doesn't mean you shouldn't write. That just means you need to write all the more. Put your work aside for a moment and just write out whatever the heck comes to mind. There are seriously some days I've just written a good section full of things like "I don't know what to write. What should I write? Hmmm....la da dee da doo....I don't want to write. But I should. So what should I write?"

And the funny thing is, even just writing nonsense like this helps loosen me up and get my writing flowing. The way I see it, it's like turning on a tap to get warm water. It might not be warm at first, but if you don't turn it on, it'll never warm up. See?

Seriously, try this some time if you don't know what to write or just can't write. It really does work wonders. In fact, I'm about ready to go back and work on more of The Burden Of Wings and Dragons' Bane. :)

But what if that's not the problem, you say? What if you just can't think of a topic to write about, or something else entirely?

Well, that's a whole 'nother blog post, haha, and I'll address that question on Wednesday. But for now, just try 'turning on the tap' and see what comes out. Sometimes that's a great way to get inspiration as well. But the important thing to remember is don't stop writing because you can't think of what to write. And don't fall for the mental trap of convincing yourself it's 'writer's block', because then you really will get stuck! It's like this saying I've often heard: "If you tell yourself you can't do something for whatever reason, it doesn't matter if you're actually capable of doing it; you won't be able to." (paraphrased and/or altered, of course. I've heard many variations. ;)

So, have you ever used this method before? And if not and you do try it, I'd love to hear what the results were. Hopefully this post has been of some help to you. :)

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