Writer’s block: It’s the curse of all writers, whether You’re a student tackling an essay, a blogger searching for a topic, a novelist seeking inspiration for the next scene, or a journalist hunting for a new angle. Fortunately, the web is full of inspiration if you know where to look. If staring at the blank page isn’t getting you very far, check out one of these links for a boost?and let your imagination go!
The online equivalent of people-watching or browsing the flea market, StumbleUpon allows users to set up a free account and log their topic preferences. Then it guides their browsing experience, helping them to ?stumble? across websites, articles, videos, and photo galleries in areas that might interest them. Users can flag suggestions with a thumbs-up or thumbs-down to help the site narrow their preferences for the future. Sometimes just five ?stumbles? can help you beat writer’s block in several different writing projects.
Magazine mental_floss‘s blogs are an ?I didn’t know that!? goldmine and a good go-to source for topics you might not have come up with on your own. One caution: they’re addicting, so limit your browsing time so you don’t stray too far off track.
If you can get past the somewhat bizarre layout of this site, you’ll find fantastic resources for overcoming writer’s block. From writing prompts to phrase generators to forums to articles on improving your creativity, the site contains a wealth of possibilities for the writer who’s stuck. Although It’s geared toward participants in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, which is every November), the resources are equally useful for other writers.