Staring at a blank sheet of paper won't do much to ward off your writer's block. Next time you're lacking for inspiration, try experimenting with clusters to get the creative juices flowing again.
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Weblog Dumb Little Man says that "with a little work and effort, anyone can write". Their cluster advice is meant to build up your writing confidence, but the trick can also help eliminate blockages. To use it, you'll need a sheet of paper and some coloured pencils. Next:
Write your topic in the middle of the paper and draw a circle around it. With different coloured pencils, draw lines from the circle, write words that are related to your topic, and circle them. Make your cluster colorful. Extend your cluster by adding words that are related to the words you wrote. Make your cluster as long or as short as you want to.
The idea is relatively similar to mind-mapping, which we've covered in detail before, so if you want a bit more structured approach, give it a look. If this doesn't help you write that novel (or at least help you complete your work project), try stopping mid-sentence. And if you have your own proven ways to beat writer's block or improve your writing, jot them down in the comments.
How to Write When You Think You Can't [Dumb Little Man]