Blank Page Solutions for Writers

You face the bane of writers; a blank page staring you in the face.  Your toes curl; sweat drips off your brow; it seems the blank page laughs at you. The plethora of ideas you had in your brain a few minutes ago fled before the white page.

Never fear.  Blank page solutions are here.

Make sure your writing area has no distractions.  Get a good pen, pencil, or page to use.  Turn off your phone and your Facebook notifications.  Clear your mind and get ready to face the blank page in front of you.

“What are you going to write about?”

“How would I know?” you ask. “I had a lot of ideas in my head.”

  • Start with a free write.  Write down the words in your head for five minutes.  Set a timer.  Go.
  • Reread what you wrote in the free write.  Are there any ideas you like in it or have you cleared the gibberish from your mind onto the paper?
  • Find a writing prompt online. There are many sites for prompts online.  Some give a question to answer, words to use in a story, or a story prompt.  Find one you want to spend time writing about today.
  • Take a writing topics course on Udemy. Use their prompts and ideas to write.
  • Research a topic you want to learn more about.  Make notes about the topic. Put them in order and write a short article on the topic.  These make for great blog articles.
  • Use and make a poster on something you know about.
  • Read a nonfiction book and take notes from it.
  • Write a review on a book you have read.  Remember to sandwich your review.  Good stuff about the story, things that could be changed or made better, then good things again.  Write a brief blurb of what the book is about and add my opinion of the book.
  • Find an art piece you like online or in a book.  Write out your opinion on the piece of art.
  • Write a brief bio about yourself. Tell why you want to write.

If you are still stuck with the blank page after trying to do one or two of these writing ideas, put it away and try again tomorrow. 

Keep a notebook near during the day so you can write down ideas that come to you.

Use these ideas to start your writing for the day. It will help turn the Blank Page Problem into a Blank Page Solution.

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