Feeling doubtful?

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.

~Sylvia Plath

Do you believe that everything in life is writable?

Our days and nights go by in a blur of appointments, errands and mundane conversations. So, how do we write about that?

Enter the creative mind.  When overwhelmed by “blah,” my favorite idea generator is to ask “What if?”

Depending on the monotony of the day, it may take a few rounds of “what if” to lure out the juicy ideas. Also, having a portable recorder comes in handy when I’m thinking angry thoughts while stuck in traffic (good time to bring out and verbally record  the twisted scenes for a novel.)

What do you do to break through the cluttering thoughts that stump your creativity?


Filed under Advice, writers block, Writing prompts

2 responses to “Feeling doubtful?

  1. Joe

    I write down an object — just an object doing something, then write from there. Maybe a woman comes into the room, sets her bag down by the object — which by now is seething under some shade or particular cast of autumnal light. And as I’ve been reading more and more Bly and Neruda poems maybe I’ll turn the scene to the surreal; an octopus eye will roll along the floor by the woman’s feet, stopping near a neatly folded hammock in the corner of the room.

    What I’m getting at is that I write from an image; I get ideas from them. Just keep putting down successive images in a freewriting like frenzy and don’t censor. Sometimes when two disparate things slam into each other, beautiful new things happen.


    • Well put, Joe. Thanks for sharing your process. I, too, use an object as a prompt (at least I did in several of my young writers’ classes) though the only prop available was an oversized plastic toothbrush (pretty ordinary) where your roving octopus eye is creepy and fantastic all at once!
      Isn’t it interesting how what we’re reading seeps into what we’re writing? Like one big breathing organism, the writing/reading community intertwines and thrives together!

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