Getting Inspired by Cheyenne

It can be hard figuring out what to write about, let alone even committing to writing every day. There are a lot of creative ways to get yourself into the writing mood, but I have found that the best way to write every day is to make it the first thing you do when you wake up and the last thing you do before you go to sleep, which may seem like an obvious thing but think about it—it’s hard doing even that! One thing that may stop you is time. You do not have to commit an inordinate amount of time on these two writing sessions, but spend at least thirty minutes writing about anything that pops into your mind (or nothing at all—write about how empty your mind might be as if you are picturing it as a deep, dark cave).
If writing off the top of your head isn’t working for you, try writing exercises. If you write using a pen and paper, one way to switch things up is to switch them down. In other words, flip your notebook upside and write the letters upside down. This will probably require you using more of your brainpower figuring out how to write each letter rather than what to write about, but it will help you write words in general to form that habit you need of writing all the time. By the time you’re done, your handwriting will most likely look like a kindergartener’s, but it’s still a lot of fun trying.
Another exercise is using a dictionary write some poems. Whether you like poetry or not, this little exercise will help you with your creativity and maybe even give you an advanced word to add to your vocabulary. Hold your dictionary and close your eyes. Flip the book to a random page. With your eyes still closed, place your finger on a random spot on either page. Open your eyes and see which word your finger is beside. Write this word down. Repeat this process fifteen times. Once you have a total of fifteen words, rearrange them into a poem to the best of your ability, even if you have no idea what any of the words mean. When you have created your masterpiece, take the time to read it to a friend or family member and enjoy the silliness of your work.
There are plenty of ways to get creative with how you write. Take the time to find ideas that work best for you or invent some of your own and share them with other writer friends. Make the best of these activities and enjoy writing!

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Posted on January 28, 2015, in Editorial Board Essay. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I found that when I’m listening to livelessons or someone talking I can write a lot.

  2. This is actually a really good suggestion. Most of the time I have a hard time getting started. I will definitely try these ideas next time. Thank you for sharing!!

  3. Lol. These are great tips! Thanks, Cheyenne! I will definitely try these tonight! It really is pretty difficult for me to start writing. I have a very difficult schedule, and every spare minute I get is spent on the couch! I’ll flip my notebook to an open page and start writing the next chance I get. Thanks for these great ideas! 🙂

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