May not work for everyone, but seems to help me. When I'm not sure where my story is going and can't quite get anything on the page I hold a word war with myself. I don't usually try to write anything about the story itself, rather I concentrate on describing the place my character is in right then, or giving more background on that character or their family.
I don't time myself, just head the section ***Word war*** so I can find it easily later and start typing as fast and furiously as I can. By marking it as a word war I can easily take a look at it later and stick it in a more appropriate place or take it out altogether.
After 'warming up' like that I can usually pick up the thread of my story and get back on track.
Anyone else have any good writing tips that I can steal, er, borrow?
- Reading: Snuff by Terry Pratchett
That's a really good idea to warm up! Plus, unlike free-associating to music (which is something I do a lot), it ups your word count.
It's funny. I find music very distracting while I'm writing. I've tried and it just doesn't work. Total silence (with the exception of cats racing around the house knocking everything over) seems to work best for me.
I was thinking of entering something for this, because my teacher this year was telling us about it but I decided that if I was going to write a story I was going to take my time. At least I am writing something now! For months I couldn't think of anything to write about, but the I read Narnia again and finally found some inspiration! XD
Reading great works that you really enjoy is a great way to get inspiration. I always felt that Tolkien's Lord of the Rings was my muse.
Don't even try editing, don't stop to reread it, just keep getting your words down on paper (er computer)