Writing is a special hobby. With it, you can create unheard of worlds with rules and magics that don’t exist in ours or create alluring and mysterious stories that grip even the most critical thinkers. It’s a passion I hold, and one that most likely will never stop. But for all the joy that comes with writing there lurks problems around each corner with one of the biggest being writer’s block. Hopefully, this article will provide some interesting ideas that will help pull on your creative strings allowing you to get back in the best of moods and start writing.
1. Kill a Character
Killing a character might seem like a drastic step to take when writing; however, it is a wonderful way to understand the relationships all of your characters have with each other, and it is a perfect way to see how the story would play out if the protagonist wasn’t able to help the others.
2. Move Locations
When writing it is key for your characters to interact with the world around them; one can only go so far with interactions between a group of characters, especially if your story is action based. A good way to help not only the story but the world building is to place all your characters in a new city and force yourself to write a whole new culture.
3. Introduce a New Character
After one has found their comfort zone, the writing process may start to get repetitive. The author already understands all of the main characters well enough that it might be hard to explore new avenues because it would be against the character’s norms. In this situation creating new characters can add new layers to the story while also forcing the author to think outside of his main character’s standards.
4. Change Perspectives
It is easy in writing to only use one character’s perspective because in that sense you do not need to plot out everyone’s exact train of thought. But to really shake things up and help with writer’s block, writing part of the story from a side characters perspective not only helps with understanding your cast better but increases creativity and character development.
5. Write the Ending
Speaking from my own experience I’ve written the beginnings to many different stories always thinking that my idea for this story is compelling and new. Once I’m actually writing the story it’s hard to get all my thoughts together and it starts falling apart. In this sense writing the end to the whole story allows you to plot out events that will happen next in the story and thus organize your ideas in an easy and understandable way.
Hopefully these five tips will help you keep your ideas fresh and your imagination flowing.