I am at a loss.
I am staring at this blank page and all those marvelous ideas have gone out the window. You know the one's-- the witty little comments and observations that rattle through your head? Of course, once your deadline is here they are gone.
Normally, I jot an idea or two down. For some reason I have nothing.
So, I am going to write about nothing and how to find something.
There is something quite intimidating about the blank page, at least when you have only a glimmer of an idea and no actual idea of how to write it. Makes you want to go hide doesn't it?
This blankness reminds me largely about plotting, and working on the story. Everyone hits that wall where you have no earthly idea of what direction you are going in or how to take the next step. Usually, I go work out then. It can be something as simple as a walk, or I do something more intense like weight lifting, or an aerobic activity. As I let my mind wander and relax sometimes something will occur in and an idea will surface.
Driving helps too.
I also enjoy talking it out with someone. In actuality, I prefer working on someone else's plot. For some reason looking for a solution for someone else frees something in my head that usually leads to an idea. If I combine it with swimming or walking while talking it is even better!
It's funny, but writing is a lot like being superstitious, we all have our certain ways of doing things, rituals that we turn to when we are lost about where our story is or how to begin.
Just like this Blog, I had NO idea what I was going to write about...but here it is! Something from Nothing!
So, what rituals do you use to get ideas to form in your head and help your story?