You're sitting there staring at the plain piece of paper. It's staring right back at you. Pen in hand (because you've convinced yourself you can't be creative with the computer) - poised - ready, waiting for that first word. But it doesn't come!
Bet we can all relate to that feeling. I don't know about everyone else - but there are certain things which I know, work for me.
First, I just write down random words relating to the topic. If it's a poem - I'll just pick words which rhyme (I write for kids) so the words don't have to be too complicated.
Numbers. Wonderful invention. I write the numbers 1 through 10 down my page. Then an idea next to each number which relates to my chosen topic. THAT's it. It gets me started. Once you have your 10 points - you can start expanding. Guess it's a bit like oil painting. You need to do what's called a "wash" on the white canvas so you're not faced with a blank wall.
Years ago, I wrote a poem - I'd love to share with you all - here goes:
An ant tripped and fell
As he walked across my screen -
He paused for a moment
And then I heard him scream.
He stamped his little feet
Up and down on every word -
Then slowly stopped and stared at me
And this is what I heard:
"You typed them there on purpose,
You didn't care a bit,
Not even an apos-tro-phe
Upon which I could sit.
Not one full stop
To rest my weary head" -
And then he paused to catch his breath,
But he was ..... dead!
I recall clearly when I wrote this and for whom. It was at a time I was working as a freelance writer for the Reserve Bank of Australia and they'd asked for something. So I gave them this.
PS I do love ants - and animals - but you know how it is as a writer - the word's just had to rhyme! Sorry!