Where do you start to write when you’re inside the writer’s block?

Inside the writer's block. A doorway out.

As we’re coming upon yet another NaNoWriMo, countless people are preparing to spend November madly writing 50,000 words and hoping those words resemble a novel at the end. It’s hard to know what to write about, especially with that kind of deadline.

This is an exercise I do to relax–a meditation of sorts–which can be used as a starting point into a story idea. At the very least, if you try it, you might have a little fun with your imagination.

You’re in a room without any windows or doors. It’s a colorless and soundless cube, and you’re all alone. You can’t see yourself, but you know you exist. You know this room is yours, and that it’s really a gateway to many places. And so, you create an exit.

A door, a window, a hatch, a hole… whatever portal you’d like. You can see it clearly form where you willed it. You go to it and through it.

Now outside of the block, your senses kick in. You’re in another place. It could be just outside your house, or in another country, or even during another time or on an entirely different world. Looking down, your body reflects wherever you are, as you’re dressed for the occasion, although you could be any gender or race, or not even human at all.

Others are approaching. Something is about to happen.

This is where your adventure begins. Write.
You’ve got your character’s feet. See where they take you.


Filed under Creativity, Ideas, Imagination, Writing

2 responses to “Where do you start to write when you’re inside the writer’s block?

  1. I wanted to try NANO a few years back, but no idea. I opened the dictionary and let fate pick out a word and that’s how I started the story – 65,000 words worth. One of these days I should edit that sucker.

    • karengadient

      I’ve tried starting a story with a random dictionary word, but I never had your kind of success and wore out after a chapter or two. Editing–that’s the part I avoid. I have several ‘books’ I should edit. Honestly, it was nice to skip NaNoWriMo this year.

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