Category Archives: writers block
So, I’ve talked about discovering SARK well after her height of popularity. But still, her concepts and inspiration ring true at any time. The magic of an artist’s spirit soars beyond society.
Some SARKisms I jotted down in my notebook:
“I believe we need to go to where we want to be, and the resources will follow us.” ~ SARK, Inspiration Sandwich
WRITE IN COLOR…use a sketch book as a journal and my old scrapbooking markers to journal, make lists, collect quotes and draw/doodle little flowers and random patterns.
INVENT NEW WAYS OF BEING…reflect on how my life has changed since practicing The Year of Nurturing
I HAVE A LOT TO SHARE WITH OTHERS…Writing is therapy – without the appointment
WRITE MY BOOK…only I can
What do these concepts mean to you? How can each help to bring your creativity to the forefront of your LIFE??
We officially passed the mid-point of the year (June 25) and my Year of Nurturing is still in progress… (what was your theme??)
So, I naturally gravitate to words like Zen, Spirit, Peace, Calm. I clicked on a link from Pinterest that had Zen and Writing in the title and landed in an article titled: Zen Power Writing” 15 Tips on How to Generate Ideas and Write with Ease. The blog post features tips mainly for article- and blog-writing, but I found this tip handy for my procrastination on my novel…
9. Leave end and beginning to the last. We can get stuck if we start at the beginning. The beginning is supposed to introduce the theme. But at the start of a writing project we may not know exactly what we’re going to say. So, it’s best to write the introduction later on. Once you have completed your first draft, it’s time to add an introduction and a conclusion. The intro can be short but it needs to say why your theme is important, or to outline the benefits that follow from reading your piece. The conclusion should tie it all together.
Do you procrastinate on any particular part of your writing? Beginnings? *raises hand* Middles? Ends? Editing? Querying? Maybe just sitting down with a vague and clichéd idea?
I’ve been struggling with resurrecting and developing my creativity since New Year’s Day, (2011 was filled with family and job drama, leaving me in an artist’s drought.)
I’ve made some false starts and some interesting, helpful discoveries. Wanna go on the ride with me? Come back tomorrow…
“Don’t forget to be grateful that you love words.” ~ Monica Wood
I LOVE words. I do. And I don’t care who hears me:
I LOVE WORDS!!!
Say it with me!
I LOVE WORDS!!!
Create words or unique ways of using them: “green” as a Verb?
The sun greens the Earth.
“Spoon” as a Verb?
She spoons the terrier pup, feeling his warmth and heartbeat.
How about “racket?”
Sammy is racketing across the yard, much to the dismay of the delicately balanced tea cups.
What other nouns or adjectives can you use as a fresh verb?
Every once in a while, I like to open my journal and spill my inner thoughts onto the screen. Here. For you all to read…
9.12.2010 9:50am – on couch, open door, sunny, cool, quiet
I am alone. Alone in my house except for Comet who is picking through her wings and tail leaving an ash of bird dander on the arm of the couch, and the fish who swim silently under the hum and bubble of the filter.
I am alone with my book and terrified. I’m beginning to despise my characters and be bored with the whole plot line. Is this normal? Do I press on, muddle through with the passion of designing monotonous sales reports in Excel? Or do I take it as a “do over,” the white flag of defeat waving at my tired, relieved eyes?
Does every author go through the boredom phase? How can they? If the writer is bored, certainly the reader will be bored, too.
I need more writer interaction, camaraderie to bounce these feelings of doubt and despair off of. Will they tell me they feel the same? Or, is this just another procrastination tactic, like doing character journals or creating Twitter accounts for my Protag and Antag?
I need to just do the work. Best I can. Read what I have. Read it again. Mark the places that make me squirm of embarrassment or gloss over because it is bland and weak like a wallflower.
Then I need to get in my character’s head, feel what they feel and do the “what if?” exercise. I tell my students to do this; I should practice what I preach.
But is it normal to already be thinking of the next book? Feeling the anticipation of getting to know new characters, new stories, new settings, kind of like the beginnings of a dating relationship. The wonder, the awe, the highlighted sensitivity to every emotion and exterior feeling in the air.
Yes, I guess that is normal, otherwise how would authors produce books so quickly? They have to have their inner muse weaving and developing a small seed of a new idea under the surface of revising the current project.
Can anyone else relate?
Update: 9.27.11 – I’m STILL revising said novel from this journal entry. Though, I think I had a breakthrough on Friday. Yes, another one. Sheesh!
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Once again, from Write Great Fiction – Plot & Structure (Techniques and exercises for crafting a plot that grips readers from start to finish) – James Scott Bell
Stretching the Emotional (tension)
We humans are a circus of doubts and anxieties. Play them up! Give us the whole show.
To stretch the inner tension, ask these questions to get your raw material:
1. What is the worst thing from the inside that can happen to my character? (This encompasses a whole universe of mental stakes. HINT: look to the character’s fears.)
2. What is the worst information my character can receive? (Some secret from the past or fact that rocks her world can be stalking her through the scene.)
3. Have I sufficiently set up the depth of emotion for readers before the scene? (We need to care about your LEAD characters before we care about their problems.)
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