Jessica-Lee Hirst is a freelance writer based in the Yarra Valley.
Published March 26th 2012
This website gets a lot of traffic from budding writers but sometimes we become stumped by writers block. I suffer from it fairly often and developed a few tips to get me back on track. So whether you're a professional or the next J.K. Rowling, I hope these ideas can help!
Here's my list of little things that can help jump the creative spark again:
Reading material can always spark new ideas. But if you're bored of reading the same old thing skim through the newspapers (even the classifieds can have interesting bits). You can even go to your local library and look through their archives. Try a new genre of book, flick through some poetry, look at some interesting magazines. You could even head to an old book store and try your luck there. Some cool places to find reading material;
• State Library Newsagency
• Magnation 88 Elizabeth St Melbourne Victoria 3000
• Brotherhood Books @ 215 Glenferrie Road, Malvern VIC
• Haunted @ 15 McKillop Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 Collected Works Bookshop @ Level 1 35-37 Swanston Street Melbourne
2. Go to Your Local Museum or Art Gallery
At first this may seem boring but give it a go. There are always interesting stories to be found in a museum, there'll be something to spark your interests. Or head to an art gallery; paintings and pictures have inspired some of the greatest literary works - think Girl with a Pearl Earring.
Don't just hire a latest release film, hire a really old film or look in the art house section of your local DVD store. Try going to some smaller independent movie theatres, they often show international films or art house style movies try Video Dogs and Cinema Nova.
My grandma starting taking me to the ballet when I was very young. I will never forget the first ballet I saw, Coppélia. Since then I have really enjoyed watching ballet and reading the story behind it. Some are very complicated and often romantic. Make it a night out on the town with your friends and be inspired.
If ballet isn't your thing head out to a concert or performance.
5. Go Out
There's nothing better than going for a walk and watching the world go by. You may find taking yourself away from the problem (sitting at a computer and swearing) will help bring you back to creating. Even sitting in a cool little café and listening to what's happening around you can give you ideas for writing.
Listen to your favourite CDs or look up their lyrics. There are always stories behind songs and often lyrics are beautifully written. Listen to the radio or news, if you usually listen to FM try AM, call back radio can provide stories and character ideas too!
Try some classical music, it is often dramatic and sometimes helps me get in the mood for writing. If you are lucky enough to have access, try listening to some old records.
Any more ideas? Feel free to comment below.