Freewrite to jumpstart ideas!
Try different writing exercises to jump-start ideas or work out a problem in your story. I “freewrite” to accomplish both of these things. Using a pen and paper, I write for 15 minutes about whatever has me stumped. I keep my hand moving by writing whatever is going through my mind. If I can’t think of anything to say, that’s what I write down…I can’t think of anything to say. What’s up with that? I’m hungry. I don’t want to do this…until my mind clicks in again on the topic at hand. This is stream of consciousness writing, and it usually leads to an answer to my question about the story or brings up new ideas.
Jennifer Archer is the author of Through Her Eyes and The Shadow Girl for HarperTeen.