There are days when the juice just doesn’t flow.
For whatever reason, you just can’t get your brain working and the words on the paper (or screen). Some call it writer’s block, and it’s just plain evil.
All of the writing advice I’ve ever read for this horrible condition stress the need to write anyway.
But how? I don’t know what to write!
There are a few options here:
1) Sit down and write down every random thought that passes through your mind. Free-writing can often lead to actual words that mean something and that you want to keep. Don’t worry, no one needs to know about the gerbil in fishnets, drinking a cosmo.
2) Copy the first couple of pages of a book you like. Or paragraph of an article, blog post, etc. It doesn’t matter what it is, just copy the first bit to get started and then keep going wherever it takes you.
3) Writing prompts. These are my personal favorites and they’re easy to find all over the internet.
Ali Luke posted these in the Wrtier’s Huddle forums. Chuck (NSFW) Wendig posts a weekly prompt for his flash fiction competition. Also, google is your friend and turned up several places to find nuggets of thought to get you back in your muse’s good graces.
So don’t be surprised if familiar looking topics pop up from time to time!