Note: Originally Published 11-07-06
We all get writer’s block, so if you’re currently suffering from a lack of creativity, no worries. It’s certainly nothing to get down about.
One tried and true method I’ve discovered for curing the greatest ill of a writer is simple in nature and, dare I say it, even a little fun.
Now, this is going to seem trivial, but trust your old pal Scott William Foley-it works.
Take out a piece of paper, any paper will due, and start jotting down titles. Just write them down, put no thought into it at all. It’s basically brainstorming, right? Whatever rolls into your mind, shoot it through the pen, pencil, or keyboard. Keep going until you can’t go anymore.
Put the paper (or file) away and don’t look at it for at least one day.
When you come back, I guarantee some of those titles will jump out at you. At least one or two of them will strike you as genius and inspire an entire story right before your eyes. I know this works because I do it all the time. In fact, this method gave birth to one of my most popular stories, “Puncher’s Paradise” found in The Imagination’s Provocation: Volume II. I had no idea what “Puncher’s Paradise” would be about when I wrote that title down, I just liked the sound of it. Muuuuch later, it turned into a pretty good short story, if I do say so myself!
So I hope this helps if you’ve been stuck in the grind lately. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of recapturing your playfulness to open the gates of creativity once more.
Best of luck, and let me know how it goes.