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    You Don't Need Inspiration!

    Or do you?

    Writers write. You shouldn't wait around for inspiration to come. But sometimes, there are days you can't get anything written down. Or you're at a loss for words. You can't think of anything to write. You don't have any idea what to write about.

    And then you end up believing you're having writer's block.

    You end up believing it too much that you stop writing altogether. You might even think of yourself as not a real writer.

    And all because of what? You think your muse deserted you? You think you have a 7-year writer's block plague?

    Think again!

    There's no such thing as writer's block. And you sure as heck don't need inspiration to write!

    What you do need are prompts to help get your writer's mind working and your hands writing or typing.

    These prompts are your beginnings; the glimmer; the little sparks that you can shape and fashion into stories, articles, essays and features.

    You don't need inspiration. All you need is an idea.

    And here are a dozen seeds you can try out for yourself --

    1. The first typewriter was patented on July 23, 1829. Interview some of the writers in your group and find out how they write. You can develop this into a light-hearted articles about writers.

    2. Many fictional characters are not fictional at all. Write about one real person who has been fictionalized.

    3. Electricity is a recent discovery. Think of 10 things to do when there's no power.

    4. Pirates no longer just refer to the highwaymen of the seas. There are different breeds of pirates today. Write about today's pirates and what they're pirating.

    5. Many words in the English language come from the names of people -- such as mesmerize (from Mesmer, a hypnotist). Find out more words from people's names and write the story behind the words.

    6. The US Declaration of Independence begins with this line: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal..." Write you own Declaration of Independence by using the same line as your starting point.

    7. How do you start a fan club? Write a how-to on organizing a fan club for a favorite author, singer, actor or sports figure.

    8. How do planets die?

    9. Expound or dispute this: "Where science ends, religion begins."

    10. Take a look at your bookshelf. Pick one book and write a review of it.

    11. How is privacy invaded on the Internet?

    12. Write an article on how to choose a pet. Target your piece for kids aged 7-10.

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