This has probably happened to you on more than one occasion and I know it has certainly happened to me. There are times when you just have no clue what to write. Now, this is different from not having the words. Instead, you don’t have a topic or a story. What do you do?
To get your creative juices flowing, take a story or section of a story you have already written and do it from another character’s POV. Conversely, you could write the same scene in a different setting. If you have a bunch of people in a coffee shop, put them in a park or warehouse instead.
There are also numerous story prompts online you can look at. You can always mix and match the prompts you find.
As mentioned with the fiction, there are numerous non-fiction prompts depending on the topic area. Once again, you can mix and match the prompts however you like.
With non-fiction, there are also polls you can make. If you have a set of ideas but can’t decide which one, you can ask friends and family which they suggest. Also, if you don’t have ideas, they might be able to supply some.
If you’re scrolling through websites and you keep looking for a certain topic but never see it, just write it yourself. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Just write what you know and how you feel about that topic. Someone else just might have the same question as you and you’ve just given them the answer.
It is possible to put words on a page even when you have no idea what to write. If none of the above ideas work for you however, then key-smashing is perfectly acceptable. Just try not to break your keyboard. 😉
How do you write when you don’t know what to write?