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I use to be really creative when I was younger and a somewhat talented author for my age who always enjoyed writing stories. I even won a fairly decent short story award and got to read my story to a bunch of commercially successful authors.
I stopped writing when I became a rebellious teenage, transferred my creative talents to doing graffiti and developed an addiction to marijuana at a fairly young age. By the time I was 18 I was close to suicide with many bridges burnt, no friends and slight brain damage and temporary psychosis from excessive drug use. I didn't do much at all for a few years but eventually got back into the world and regained a lot of my lost cognitive abilities. I am doing fairly well in most respects now but my creativity remains blocked. I can feel it is still there but I don't know how to get at it.
I want to start writing again but for some reason that is not as easy as it sounds. How do I get my creative juices flowing? How do I utilise my urge to start writing into something tangible? What am I missing?
write something, or take something you've already written, and rewrite it from the beginning. do it again and again and again until it's absolutely perfected. practice the act of writing, rather than the creation of ideas. if you have the tool of writing accurately honed, when an idea does finally come to you, you will be prepared, and not miss out when you're finally ready to write something on your mind.
>addiction to marijuana
Anyway, if you want to write just start writing. Daily, regardless of whether you feel like it or not. If you don't have any ideas for stories, just sketch a scene or write some random thoughts.
Practice is the key.
okay, then ignore the simple and concise advice that has been given you. you don't want a solution to your problem, you want someone to agree with your predispositions, and don't want to do the work and put in the effort it takes to be a writer. why would any of us waste time helping you if you're not even going to do anything when we do?
Ideas don't come to you when you're looking for them. The best advice I can give you is to go do anything else: take a walk, go swimming, watch conspiracy theorists on youtube, perfect your Butthead imitation, go people-watching, anything. Get the seed for an idea somewhere, and ruminate over it until it's good. Generally I found that to get new ideas the best thing is to go be exposed to new information, and you can get that pretty much everywhere as long as it's not someplace you've already looked.
there is no conversation. practice writing. that's it. you're missing practice. you utilise your urge to start writing into something tangible by practicing. you get your creative juices flowing by practice.
that's it. it's not offensive, it's just stupid.
The writing part of your brain is like a muscle. It grows in strength with use. easing into the groove becomes easier, ideas flow, breakthroughs keep happening.
To get back into the swing, read some books on writing.