It happens to the best of us, you never know when it’s going to happen but it’s always when you need at least, you know what I’m talking about, right? Yes! The dreaded writer’s block. In my first year of university I suffered from this horrendously when it came to writing my first short stories of the semester, I would have all these inspired ideas but when it came to putting pen to paper I would just go blank. That was until I found a method that helped me with this which is what I’m going to share with you in this post as I thought it could help others.
One of my favourite things about this method is that it works for more than just short stories, it could help you figure out characters and settings for novels, poems and plays. This method is mainly used so that a writer can create a foundation for what they are going to write when they aren’t quite sure yet and it’s from here that you can expand and turn it into whatever you want, you may even end up with something completely different than what you originally wanted to write.
All writers have their own unique way of beating away the writer’s block and this is mine and I call it Story Roulette. Firstly what you do is create 3 categories which are;
Secondly you add 6 different characters, 6 different personalities and 6 settings. Finally you then roll a dice or ask someone to pick a number between 1 and 6 whatever the number rolled or chosen is the character, personality and setting for your story. (I suggest you do this twice with characters and emotions so that you can have an antagonist and a protagonist). Then you can create a foundation for your piece from what you are given, now this story may not be your best work and you may edit it a lot as you go but it helps you to get into the mindset of writing and can even prove to be a source of inspiration for your next story.
Here is the list I personally use when using this, I do change it every time I use it but here is my latest one that you could use for a guideline;
- A runaway girl
- A failing business owner
- An animal (Any)
- Successful CEO with the secret addiction
- An everyday boy
- A bride on her wedding day
- A bar
- A hotel lift
- Their home
- Any form of transport
- Their place of work
- A shop
If any of you have your own unique way of beating writer’s block I would love to read them in the comments on this post and if anyone uses this for the first time I would love to hear how it worked for you and your feedback or even read what you created from using this method!