There are a thousand and one writing tips. Each writer has their own method and process. Some writers don’t need to have exactly anything on their desk except their laptop. Some people need to light juju-boosting candles and put on noise-canceling headphones before they get to work. Some freestyle and write about whatever comes to their mind about a noisy subway car. James Joyce wrote Finnegan’s wake with pencils and Zora Neale Hurston hired a man for cover his ears while she was typing. You know, typical #AuthorLife stuff.
Habits also change when writing for fun and when writing for publication. This doesn’t mean that writing “for yourself” isn’t without pressure, but there is more freedom when a deadline isn’t looming. I give myself a month every year to work on something that’s right for me. Something I won’t post online or let anyone read. Usually that’s when my mind goes blank and I scream “writer’s block!”
Whether you believe in “writer’s block” or not, you have to admit that there is always a point where words stop. Writing prompts are a method of breaking through the drought, or just writing for fun. Sometimes I watch what other writers are doing and how they are doing it. TS Eliot once said: “Immature poets imitate, mature poets steal. So let’s steal some ideas.