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Writing is hard. It takes practice, discipline and consistent creativity. And the only way to get better at it is to do it every day. Yes, every day – well, at least according to Stephen King. But sometimes inspiration does not always strike. Some days we are, for lack of a better term, “blah.” So here are some ways to help get the creative writing juices flowing and get that pen moving.
1. Blog Browsing
Reading others’ writing helps a lot. Not only does it spark your brain to see others’ writing, it helps to see various topics they cover. Be it tech, film, fashion, etc., there is always a blog list for you:
2. Working Out
Probably the hardest on the list, but it does wonders. Working out (especially in the morning) helps clear all mental cobwebs and helps the mind function much better during the day. Work out. Shower. Grab a cup of joe. You will be good to go.
3. Start An Unusual Conversation
This is always a good one. Start a conversation with a fellow employee, friend or boss about an idea, strategy or plan regarding your industry. It never hurts to toss ideas back and forth, even if for only five minutes or so. Conversing equals stimulation of the brain.
4. Movie Trailers
My personal favorite, the movies. Visual imagery mixed with music and storyline is a great way to get the wheels turning. Because writing, in almost every fashion, is storytelling – some stories are better than others, but the goal is the same: to effectively unfold engaging content coherently. See here some movie trailer inspiration.
Going inline with the above in terms of visceral stimulation, Vine does help you get ideas. Some of the content is crap, but there are good accounts that always have content worth viewing. See some of them below:
- Now This News, Will Sasso, Fast Company, Mashable, Samsung, Puma, Oreo, Etsy
Jameson is a social media and video marketing enthusiast who is currently the VP of Strategic Operations at Knechtel Group, a new media agency in Atlanta, GA and New York. Clients have included IMAX, Macy's, Advanstar Communications, AutoTrader.com, Cox Communications, Progressive Int'l Motorcycle Shows, Stan Lee's Comikaze, Novelis and more.