Every writer faces dry times, when the words just won’t flow. That blank page (or screen) can seem like an insurmountable barrier, especially when moving from one project to the next.

If you’re like me, the thought of starting a new novel both excites and overwhelms me. Writing a three-hundred page novel can seem a daunting task. There are new characters to develop. New plots. New settings. And if you’re a Historical writer like me, new time periods and surroundings to research.

~ Here are some tips I’ve discovered to make transitioning from one project to the next a bit easier.

Take a break ~ On completion of a project, give yourself a few days to relax and rejuvenate. Writing can be both invigorating and exhausting. Spend some time away from writing, doing something you enjoy. You’ll find you’re more ready to start again, once you’re refreshed and eager to get back to work.

Brainstorm with other writers. One of the best designs of God, is that He made us all different. Group activity fuels creativity. Find a few trusted writer friends, whether it be your critique partners or a writing group, and share your inspirations. Mix and match ideas, then weave the best ones into a storyline. No telling what great works will come of these pooled thoughts.

Eavesdrop. Now, this is not to say we should be seeking out gossip or infringing on others’ privacy. But if you should happen to overhear an interesting conversation, listen with your creative mind’s eye. Some tidbit of information may just spark an idea for a story question or plot. Put your creative energies to work by fictionalizing reality.

Utilize spin-off Characters. You’ve spent so much time getting to know your characters, you don’t want to sweep them aside, never to be thought of again. No one says you have to. I love when a character from one book or series makes an appearance in another. It’s like revisiting an old friend. That’s the fun of fiction writing–having the chance to create and touch the hearts of readers.

If you’re facing a blank page, I hope these suggestions have fueled new ideas of ways to stir your creativity. What tips do you have to ignite the creative flow?

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.”

(Matthew 11:28)

Cynthia Roemer’s PRAIRIE SKY SERIES: Stories of faith and resilience on the Midwest prairie Inspirational Historical Romance


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