By Heather Harper I Borderline Press I Feb 4, 2016
In John Irving’s “The World According to Garp”, T.S. Garp is an author who reads the phone book to develop ideas for characters based on the names he reads. The phone book method is just one of many that can be used to rouse creativity. The next time you’re left feeling uninspired, give one of these suggestions a try:
Do your homework
Researching about the subject you are #writing about is one of the most interesting parts of the process. Writers who investigate first have a better understanding of the subject matter, which gives the writing a more authentic feel. It may seem tedious, but it is well worth it.
Watch a short film
Maybe the thought of a documentary makes you feel like napping, but these types of movies are often very informative. A quick video may give you just the right quote you were looking for; or perhaps it will remind you of a small detail you may have overlooked in your writing.
Read similar work
When you write, do you consider who your audience is? Reading books written by an author of a similar style helps provide a good foundation for understanding what your target audience enjoys. Understanding this will help to guide you in your creative process.
Once you’ve tried all of the above, you should be ready to go! Make sure you have taken plenty of notes. Remember, the key is to know when to stop learning and move onto the next step, sit down and actually write something!
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