1. Write about not knowing what to write about. (:
2. Fanfiction gets dunked on all the time, but there’s nothing wrong with starting there and letting it generate ideas for original content as you go.
3. Write a story that’s an alternate or “exaggerated” version of something that actually happened to you.
4. Rewrite the ending to a story you wish had ended differently.
5. Write a letter to someone you never intend on sending.
6. Write a blog post explaining, step-by-step, how to do something you already know how to do. Make it creative. Go off the rails with it. See where it takes you.
7. Write a journal entry from the perspective (and in the ‘voice’ of) your pet/child/a stranger.
8. Pick a random object within reach and write a detailed description of it without actually naming what it is.
9. Write a story in the style/voice/genre of your favorite story, just the first page. See where it goes.
10. Just start writing. Write nonsense — make sense of it later. Sometimes starting is the hardest part, but once you get past that, everything gets easier from there.
Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is an editor and writer, and a 12-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food, and Star Wars.
One thought on “10 Tips for Writing When You Don’t Know What to Write About”
I particularly like #3, take a real experience and exaggerate it. At the end of the day, most “everyday events” are only lacking a certain “intensity” and “high stakes” to turn them into something really potent.