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May 01, 2011

Curing Writer's Block

Writing is a great way to express and explore a new - or even native - language. Even if you can't think of anything to write about, it always helps to...

...frame our thoughts in ways others can understand and relate to.

Writer's block is almost a cliche' and the attempts to deal; with it are almost legendary.

I find that if I slam ideas together, inspiration will follow - the more random, the better - I might put together fragments of memories of dreams, slogans that I see on a wall, pieces of conversations, or lines from a song or film. You never know where ideas will come from - or where they will take you.

If you have problems getting writing, or if you want some great starting points for your students or writing partners, I have a wonderful resource for you; Easy Street Prompts - http://www.easystreetprompts.com/.

There are new photos, video clips and quotations every day. Among other things, this site has a list of other related sources for writers, you can see this here - http://www.easystreetprompts.com/p/online-resources-for-writers-and.html.

There are sites for women, children and writers of all backgrounds and interests.

If you have some great idea-generating ideas that you'd like to contribute to this website, you can send them here - http://www.easystreetprompts.com/p/block-party-submission-guidelines.html.

By the way, I'm not the only one who thinks this is a great website, Writer's Digest selected Easy Street Prompts as one of the 101 best sites for writers.

Poke around on this website. It just might inspire you to tell your own story.

Send us any links or other resources that you think any teachers, students or even just regular people might find interesting or useful. Let us all know about words that make you crazy, aspects of language and expression you find challenging, and be sure to let us know what it is about English and language learning that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.

Morf

About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, USA and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA, USA). And, as much as Morf loves writing this blog, he is always open to other opportunities either blogging or teaching. You can contact him at mmorf@mail.com.

Posted by mmorf at May 1, 2011 11:14 PM

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