Challenge Yourself and Break Through the Writer's Block
A writing challenge I participated in recently had us typing madly for three minutes and seeing if we could produce a fairly intelligent and interesting article without major spelling or grammar mistakes. Different people attacked the task in different ways, and of course, anyone who thought about it overnight and took the challenge the next day had plenty of time to plan out what they would write during their three minutes. Planning sort of defeats the point, because the point is to find your creativity.
Still, I think it may be a valid way just to get the juices flowing. Set the timer and start typing stream-of-consciousness. Maybe you won't produce a post that you want to publish, but I know that somewhere in those quickly-constructed sentences and those rapidly flowing keystrokes, there is going to be at least one spark of an idea for a new post.
Not everyone responds to every challenge in the same way. Not every method will encourage your inner writer. No prompt or challenge is going to be the sledgehammer for every writer trying to break their writer's block. But I can't see how writing freely and without any rules or regulations could do anything but make you feel like writing more.
Try the challenge for yourself. If you have to, start it by typing "This is my three minute challenge and I am going to see how much I can write in three minutes". You'll be surprised where it goes from there, trust me.
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