“Starting Writing Over Again” By One Who Keeps Starting Over!

I was happily writing away. Every week I came up with several new short stories or poems. Ideas seemed to flow easily and then my creativity well dried up. Nothing, not a thing came to mind. I went through the prompt sites I used and they just didn’t trigger anything. I bought a couple of books of prompts and even got some prompts from “Writer’s Digest” magazine and web site. I looked at tons of pictures I found on the web. I read a lot of stories/ books and looked for inspiration, but there wasn’t anything coming to mind. I started to have nightmares and a story would come to mind, but then the nightmare would fade and so would whatever thoughts it triggered.

So I have started the research on ways to get restarted again after a long period of no new activity or a dry spell. Now some people use different techniques.

  • write til you hit a certain word/page count per day or write for a set amount of hours everyday

  • try to come up with new ideas every day (ex. go to a park and people watch, actually any public place will do)

  • set a time to write everyday, the same time and put it in your planner and make it a habit,

  • don’t let anything stop you writing every day, just one day can break that habit you finally developed

  • always have a notepad or your phone or an ipad with you to write down ideas as you think of them

  • think about memories – people, places and things in your own life and jump off from there

Unfortunately none of these are working for me. If any of my readers can add to my list of suggestions posted above to get me started again, I sure would appreciate it.



About Tessa

My name is Tessa Dean and I am an author and blogger. My writing styles vary and I love writing using prompts. I am also writing my first book, a Memoir entitled "Government Property - A Memoir of a Military Wife".  This is being published on the blog rather than the traditional way. I am putting up chapters as I go along. I keep my blog filled with useful content, stories, and poems. Plenty to keep you busy. I have also been interviewed by blogs and had other posts published on many different blogs. I also wrote a series of articles on Bipolar Disorder for IBPF (International Bipolar Foundation). I am in my 60’s and disabled which allows me plenty of time to write to my heart’s content. I live in southern New Jersey and have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. My oldest grandchild is a Sargent in the United States Marine Corps.
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4 Responses to “Starting Writing Over Again” By One Who Keeps Starting Over!

  1. FLO says:

    Think about the weather. How about the situation all the weather forecasters endured with four computer models predicting wildly different outcomes for Juno? How about the plight of the weather forecasters in general or some other profession? Think about your feelings at different times of day or seasons of the year. Think about the happiest, saddest moment of your life, so far. How about an embarrassing moment? One moment in time when you felt on top of the world? Shopping for shoes. Being in a grocery store just before a snow storm. Losing track of an important paper. How you feel when an old blouse or pair of pants tried on one more time after ages and it fits! Looking forward to seeing your favorite people or just one person. Watching the wild geese. Lots of starting ideas here. Go, girl!


  2. jannatwrites says:

    I wish I could offer ideas, but I haven’t really found a way to inspire writing/inspiration when it isn’t there. I think that’s a skill I haven’t acquired. I hope you manage to find your writing mojo again soon 🙂


    • Tessa says:

      I hope I find it soon too. I can occasionally put out a Haiku or two, but for anything there it isn’t there and I know in my life alone there is so many ideas between comedy and heartbreak. Wishing you the best!


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