Here are some inspiring ideas for writers who are are stuck. We all fear the blank page, when your creativity dries up. Every now and again, half way through a novel, at the start or the end, we suddenly can’t think of any ideas on how to proceed. Here are some ideas which might help.
Read real life stories. There is plenty of inspiration in newspapers, crime sections, books, even family folk lore. Truth is stranger than fiction and some of events that really happen would beggar belief. I have a friend who is a social worker and some of the stories she tells are totally incredible but absolutely true. I keep telling her to write them down!
Put your book or story away for a few weeks and think about something completely different. Sometimes just this one simple step can really help as your subconscious takes over and solutions pop into your head.
Why not try to draw or paint your characters or the place where your story is set. If place is a crucial factor in your book, this can be really helpful. It doesn’t matter if your attempts are woeful, nobody’s looking and immersing yourself in your characters can be really helpful.
I know some writers who keep a detailed scrap book for each of their novels and fill it with drawings, idea, notes, photos, leaflets anything that might be relevant. This could really unlock your creativity. One word of warning though, don’t get so into the book that you stop writing your novel. This has happened, believe it or not.
Talk to trusted friends. One of my mates is a mechanic, he can fix anything, understands how things works, can use lock picks and one even opened a filing cabinet with a paperclip just for fun when I was stuck at work. He locked them just as easily and no one was any the wiser. He is also a whizz at computers and is able to tell me what is possible physically, how he would fix things, what you would need to invent practically anything. The guy is a genius but also an inspiration. I run anything technical past him first.
Try using different tools to write. If you type, continue in longhand, or use voice recognition software and dictate your book for a while. This can be great especially for your dialogue and using a different method could really help you overcome your block. Even consider using story boards as visual tools can really help.
What methods do you use to help inspire you?