When Ideas Sink Down, Go Write

by Allison Harvard

How do you face the monitor, the ever-blinking cursor, or the keyboard – when nothing goes through your thoughts?  Okay, it’s not exactly blank; but it hasn’t any processed idea through which you can build content.

You’ve been brainstorming for hours and whether you care to admit it, you’re not being productive.  This brings you to ask, “How do you write, when ideas are nowhere to be found?”

Answer: You have to work twice harder.  You need to peruse your sight through many articles until ideas are triggered and siphoned out and into paper.  It’s not an easy procedure; hence, each suggested approach is discussed in deeper detail.

Face Whatever’s Stopping You

The Dummies call them Writing Demons; what do you call yours?  Whatever name you give it, the point here is for you to face it.  If its procrastination, then dug your heels and attempt to blast as fast and far from the all-too inviting sofa.

Disable your social media notifications and free yourself of distractions.  On the other hand, if there’s just this lack of enthusiasm (particularly, in your writing’s voice), enliven it.  Read a material that really interests you; then go back and revise your piece, this time, bringing with you unadulterated zeal.

Write like There’s No Tomorrow

Another antidote for this scarcity of ideas is to write.  You can take a pause from your supposed article submission and write about something else.  Talk about the changing weather and how it affects ordinary citizens like you.

Or write about a very big issue; perhaps, this has been something you’ve been meaning to attend to but can’t because of prior commitments.  Unleashing your words and ideas on these ‘other’ topics has an unwitting effect: it also spills the rest of the creative juices.  By this time, you’re mind is condition to get real creative and ideas reunite in your head.

Shield against Constant Rejection

Publishers, editors, and the like – these are the sorts of people of which you and your writing will be involved.  When you’ve got a good piece, the upper hand is yours; when they think it’s otherwise, the upper hand is theirs.

Yet, don’t let yourself feel bad (and consequently, become a paralytic-writer).  In most cases, these people are there to help you shape you – not to become a writer to whom you want to be – but to become a writer for your readers.

Focus on Writing Better          

Ironically, how could you write better when you have no idea what to write?  In some cases, writing isn’t about exactly the ‘new.’  Rather, it could also be about the ‘old’ topics, those issues that re-occur.  Since, people are most likely to have grown tired of such topics, work on tweaking them, and make them better.

In the end, making a piece better, entails making your writing style better – an event that won’t be possible, if you dare succumb to that loss of ideas.

About the Author

Allison Harvard works for Prospect Solution as a Public Relations Manager . Prospect Solution provides freelance writing opportunities    for academic writers and professionals who wish to earn well while still maintaining their work-life balance.


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