Brainstorm. To put me in a creative mood, I’ll pick a random word or memory and then list, without stopping, every word, phrase, feeling etc. that I associate with that word or memory. Sometimes this is all I need to get my writing session going.
Leave that last thought dangling. To help me re-enter an ongoing project, I stop writing mid-thought. The next day, there’s no reason to have writer’s block because my first task is to finish that thought I left dangling.
Attack the laundry. If fresh ideas aren’t flowing, I don’t force the process. Instead I’ll do menial tasks like folding laundry or washing dishes. I keep my notebook handy though, because, for me, the best ideas usually come when I’m busy doing something else.
Swap those tools. To outwit that nasty blank page or screen, I switch writing modes. Instead of laptop, I use paper and pencil. Sometimes I go crazy and use chalk and board, or tape record my thoughts.
Set the timer. When I’m stuck in a story or poem, I use the five-minute rule. Every hour, or half hour, I set the timer for five and free-write through that difficult part. No crossing out or deleting of words is allowed and when the timer beeps, I stop until it’s time for my next five-minute burst. No re-reading allowed. I just move forward, putting down every idea that comes in my head. At the end of the day, I have a page full of thoughts to work with.