Or, Seek and ye shall find – maybe. How about – please leave the eraser tips on your pencils!
First you need to stimulate the brain. You should try to go to or surround yourself with things that interest you enough to write about. If food is your foray (sorry Tami – I had to do it!), immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of a market, kitchen, restaurant, cafe, etc. Be active, have a purpose in the environment. Better yet – be creative.
If you are not able to get out to absorb the activity, how about grabbing your dictionary. Starting with “A” thumb through it and write any words that jump out at you. Try to get 20 words, at least. Try to draw upon the following points when you start to put it together, using those words. A specific time, place, number, person, aspect, example, type and experience.
Now look at what you have written and decide what is or is not possible. Next, ask yourself what happened or needs to happen to bring this to life.
Then, we deal with the cause and effect, similarities and dissimilarities, how to illustrate the subject. Really try to make a checklist of the pros and cons of each action you are taking. I know this sounds a little over the top, but it will help you to make your subject and characters full, well-rounded. You will start to see the flow, and this should help you continue to keep your focus sharp.