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Get an easel and a group of coworkers together. Shout out ideas while one person writes them down. Pay no attention to whether they make sense, are silly, impossible, or totally unrelated. When page is full, sort through ideas, picking out ones you like best.
9.Freewrite Until You Get There
This is fastest way I know to beat writer's block. Get out a blank pad of paper, put on some classical music, and write. Keep pen moving for a set time, say, 10 or 15 minutes and write down whatever comes to mind. Don't think, look back, correct, or delete anything; just write. At end of session, read what you wrote, underlining anything that jumps out at you. Use these words to find a topic.
Go to mall, an airport, or other crowded place. Take a seat and watch people go by. Where is that guy with green sneakers going? Where does that couple live and what do they drive? How about those children running back and forth while their parents pay no attention? Think up stories for all these people to get your mind moving. Soon, you'll have several topics to write about.
Using any or all of these techniques is sure to stimulate your brain. Keep this list posted somewhere in your office for next time you need to invent a topic to write about.
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