Thank you for letting me post here today, Boyce! I love your avi! With my Pop Travel blog tour going into its third month, I am happy that Boyce asked for a light and entertaining post.
Do you ever get writer’s block? Does your muse hide from you sometimes, refusing to inspire you? Ever stare at a blank screen, waiting for a bolt of a bright idea? I have!
When I first started out, I needed help (I still do!). And I didn’t want to practice on my novel, so I entered contests and participated in regular prompt writing where writers gave each other feedback. Like an online writers’ group. I learned about many techniques and things to avoid, mistakes that new writers usually make.
Some of my favorite prompts have come from:
- Friday Flash Fiction Challenges from Chuck Wendig – sometimes crude, always creative!
- Weekend Assignments and great links for writers from Barbara Tyler
- I loved and now miss Sensational Haiku Wednesdays with Jenn
- and I still join in on some of Janet Reid‘s quick prompt contests
Other things you can do when you need a splash of inspiration:
- take a walk
- watch people at the mall or park or out of your comfort zone!
- do some research
- submit a short piece
- read some more!
There are so many things you can do! And then your story will be begging you to write some more and you’ll be refreshed and have many new ideas. Sometimes stepping away for a bit is the best thing you can do for your writing. You probably have a few suggestions, too!
Thanks again, Boyce, for letting me come over! Here is a little about me and my book =)
Pop Travel by Tara Tyler
When a distraught client enters J.L. Cooper’s small town detective agency ranting about a pop travel teleportation cover up, Cooper takes the case. He blames pop travel indirectly for his wife’s death and would love to expose a glitch in it.
But the glitch turns out to be disintegrating travelers. And now, his client is dead, his secretary is missing, and a hitman is stalking him. Plus there’s all the webcams watching his every move. So, Cooper has to find a way to expose the deadly flaw, while using pop travel to escape the maniacs covering it up, not to mention save a couple of tag-alongs he’s not sure he can trust. No problem.