Writing Ideas

Down-To-Earth Inspiration From The Online Genie

This page is full of practical writing ideas to turn writer's block into...
writer's starting block!

Don't even feel like a writer to begin with? No problem - you've come to the right place.

Not every tip will work for everyone, but we guarantee that you will find something that really works for you.

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Demystifying The Writing Process

Change how you think of the writing process:

Writing is like a muscle
Great athletes didn't just get out of bed one day, suddenly able to run a marathon. The same is true for good writing - do it regularly and you can't go wrong.

Perfectionism is not necessary
Thorough attention to detail is good. In most cases, obsessive redrafting is not.

Day-To-Day Writing Ideas

Write every day
- even if only for 10 minutes. Flex that wordage muscle! An easy way to do this is to...

Keep a journal
- and not the 'dear diary' kind either. Be reflective rather than descriptive. Set yourself some goals that inspire you (exercise everyday, learn air guitar) and chart your progress.

Take a notebook with you
...everywhere.A small one that fits in the pocket or handbag is the most practical solution. When inspiration strikes, write it down! You will forget that great idea.

How To Think Of Ideas For An Article, Essay etc

The 5 Minute Brainstorm
Instead of spending hours wondering what you're going to write, sit down with a pen, a piece of paper and a timer. Give yourself 5 minutes only to write anything and everything that pops into your head about the subject at hand (a mind map is helpful for many writers). Now...

Wait 24 hours
- before you start your essay, eBook etc. This will let your writing ideas develop. You might well find that originality strikes at breakfast or in the bath - or at least an important point you need to include.

Talk to someone else about the task in hand. Bouncing ideas off an interested friend or in a forum can be very enlightening.

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