Overcome writers block

TheParlourInstead of staring, staring, staring at a blank computer screen we created a framework, a task, a deadline. Creativity flowed and later, as a kind of reward, there was cake for tea.

Write about somewhere you used to live. Describe the house in detail. Everything that you can remember from the colour of the bathroom to the plants in the front garden. Now use it as a setting for a story. Take some characters that you have created and let them live there.

Exercise from The Writing Course Book.  Ed: Julia Bell and Paul Magrs. University of East Anglia. (Macmilllan: 2001)

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  1. Yes, that blank screen is not your friend!

    • Very true. Even worse when you must write for others. There is only so much washing up and tidying you can do as distraction from the real task in hand!

  2. ann perrin

    From experience it’s best to choose somewhere with happy memories though, it is after all just the setting for new characters to do stuff. Right! x

    • A good point Ann. The house is the setting not the story. I hadn’t considered using somewhere with unhappy memories but it should be avoided. Its supposed to get ones creativity flowing not create a major personal crisis!

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