Of a blank screen.
Theoretically I try and write something creative everyday. In practice I totally fail at this, and generally end up writing on Saturday and Sunday mornings when I tend to wake earlier than everyone else for some reason.
Quite often the words flow fairly freely – but sometimes I can stare at a blank word document for an hour before inspiration strikes.
A while ago I decided that instead of aimless browsing of the internet I should compile a list of sites where I might find inspiration.
Here are four of my favourite.
This is simply a list of photos and paintings of largely fairly prosaic buildings, towns, and industrial sites that have been abandoned…
More photos of things from the past – I particularly love this post from which I took the image for this post.
Every Friday YA and speculative fiction author Chuck Wendig has a prompt challenge (I don’t mean it’s timely) I don’t always have a go, and I often abandon attempts halfway through, but they’re always fun, and why do we write if it’s not fun eh?
Lastly for today I go on Facebook and check out pages belonging to… Bored Panda, Laughing Squid, and Gizmodo among others – they often carry articles that can inspire the imagination (as well as fear).
So don’t be scared of the blank screen – and don’t be afraid to indulge in internet/Facebook browsing if it’s a little bit targeted.