What To Write When You Can’t Think Of Anything To Write

How to push through the inevitable writer’s block

It hits us all at some point, our brains fog over and we just can’t think of what we want to write about. But that’s okay, we all need to hit this point in order to learn how to find inspiration out of nowhere! How do we get that inspiration, you ask? Here’s how!

Look at the current news

There is a lot of interesting stuff going on in the world, it’s hard not to find inspiration from looking at the news! Whether you write an informative piece or an opinion piece, you can find a lot to say about current affairs.

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Listen to the conversations happening around you

I’ll be honest, I’m a nosey person. I love people watching, and listening to other people’s conversations! If it’s something personal or private, of course I won’t listen, however sitting in public and listening to the discussions of people sat near me or walking past can be very interesting, and definitely spark the match of inspiration in my head!

Read other people’s articles

There are some amazingly talented writers here on Medium, and reading their work can really inspire us. Whether it helps us think of a relating topic, if we feel like we can add some of our knowledge to a relating area or if we have a contradictory opinion. All of these make for great articles.

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Ask other people

If you really want to know what people might want to read, ask! No one will be offended to be asked for what they would like to read about, if anything, they could be flattered that you value you their opinion.

Whether or not you go with their recommendations for a article ideas — it will no doubt inspire some topics to write about now or in the future.

Search “Writing Prompts” for fiction inspiration

If you are a fiction writer, the internet is an amazing place full of inspiration. One search of writing prompts will show you hundred of websites offering ideas for short stories, flash fiction and even novels. Again, even if you don’t straight up use the prompts you find, it will give you ideas for more!

Look at your own life

This is a personal favourite of mine, we all have a story to tell. You may not realise it, but all of your experiences have given you one hell of a writer’s box of ideas to pull from.

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You have something to say, you can educate others with your point of view, and you may even inspire others! I love writing from personal experience, I used to be embarrassed by some of my stories, now I know I can help others learn from my mistakes and my journey — you can do that to!

This list is only small, but hopefully it gives you a little inspiration when you need it most.

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And if you have any ideas to inspire people, feel free to comment! Or even better, write you own article!

A part time writer, studying for my BA (Hons) Degree Creative Writing. My interests include mental health, politics, LGBT rights, fiction, poetry and many more!

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