I have always found it helpful to use a story starter or some other form of creative writing exercise when faced with a blank page. So I made up a list of some of my favourites. Take a look at these and choose one.
All you have to do is relax, write for ten minutes and stop. If you feel compelled to keep writing that is fantastic – the exercise is working for you so keep on writing. If you are not compelled, choose another story starter and again try it for another ten minutes. When you do these, or other exercises always write freely, without worrying about what others may think – this is just for you and all writers need practice – lots and lots of practice – so go ahead, get comfortable and get going.
CHOOSE ONE STORY STARTER
She was running faster than she thought possible.
The sun set over the rooftops.
It was more than just another place on a map, it was where everything happened.
She heard tapping on the window.
The fire had gone out and the air was cold and damp.
She placed it in her pocket, turned and ran.
He pulled the rope slowly, not sure what would happen next.
The man had seen better days that was for sure. His nose was bent, his eyes bore old bruises and he had forgotten how to smile.
The dancing went on longer than it should but then the music showed no signs of stopping either.
The edge of the carpet was pulled back. He bent down to look.
It wasn’t far now. She had walked for hours.
The sea was the darkest blue and so was the boat. He didn’t want to get in but he had no choice.
The tall building seemed to sway but she knew that must be an illusion. Buildings didn’t move.
The cows gathered at the top of the field. They knew what he was going to do.
The train was packed. She would have to stand all the way.
The plaster crumbled around the window.
The man whistled so cheerfully you’d never guess he had a corpse in his suitcase.
The colour green reminded him of home.
She went slowly along the corridor, trying to find the source of the noise.
It might take a while to finish the task but she knew it had to be done. Unpleasant tasks always have to be done.
The owl swooped down and took the mouse, just as she knew it would.
His eyes were brown with a tiny fleck of gold at the edge.
WRITE FOR TEN MINUTES EVERY SINGLE DAY.
You’ve nothing to lose by trying – only ten minutes.