There are no shortcuts to writing.
However, trying to power through a plateau where the thoughts aren’t flowing does an author no good and wastes precious time. I’ve found the best cure for writer’s block is to think super-specifically.
We’re you’re approaching the creative process from a new angle, you find yourself thinking around the problem. Hopefully this establishes a new and superior narrative than what would have previously been written. Think of it like bypassing an figurative electrical short.
I encourage you to choose a Super Specific Question and get started writing a post! In the best case scenario, you’re off and writing, refreshed and inspired! The worst case scenario: you had fun!
Super Specific Question #7
Describe a moment in your life — possibly a catastrophic one — when physics didn’t seem to work quite as expected.
Super Specific Question #8
When was the last time you felt truly zoned in on a physical or mental task; as if your brain was operating on a higher level than normal?
Super Specific Question #9
How much control do you believe you have over future events? Does each action radically alter the future, or does it take many actions to affect it even a little?
Super Specific Question #10
Independent of meaning, what is a word or series of words that, to you, are pleasing to say or read?
Super Specific Question #11
Tell a story describing your thought process as you perform a relatively ordinary task.
Here’s the twist: you’re actually a literal robot, and a fairly flawed one at that.
Super Specific Question #12
You’re given two pieces of information.
- Extraterrestrials exist.
- Aliens have impacted Earth history exactly one time.
In what one event did aliens play a role?
Super Specific Question #13
Have you ever changed your field of study? From what, and how many times?
Alternately, you can also tell about a radical career change.
By the way, let me know if you took inspiration from a Super Specific Question. I’ll probably share it on Twitter!