Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Next bestseller: My arms wave back at me by Mentally Unstable

While putting my hair up into a pony tail this morning, my sleep-deprived face staring back at me, I noticed something. My arms, slightly larger than usual, flapped like a turkey's neck.
Watching the skin ripple and wave, I had a thought:

"Make the Ignitors good guys, not bad."

Crazy Chicago mania say what? You heard right. Inspiration is everywhere if you're eyes and ears are open. Kick writer's block's arse simply by appreciating the small things, i.e, a flabby arm, a coffee stain on your favorite pair of jeans, a new rip in your favorite pair of jeans, (maybe I need a new pair of jeans?), your daughter's laughter, anything...

Okay, so maybe your next bestseller won't stem from pinching your love handles or pumping your fists at Chloe on 24, but then again, maybe it will. You write until you find inspiration, or you wait until it finds you. Make the most of your time, thoughts and brain power. Obviously, I'm not. Chicago really fried my brain. Oy.

Three tips for kicking writer's block stat:

-Go do something else. Get your mind off. Whoa, that came out wrong, yet I'm too tired to delete.

-Take an idea and brainstorm. Write the idea in the center of a piece of paper and extend branches of different ways the story could go. Challenge yourself beyond the usual limit. Then fold up the paper into an airplane and fly it into your husband (or whoever's) head. Then, laugh.

-Push through. Sounds like crap, right? Well, sometimes the only way to get past it, is to go through it first. When your mind is clear, go back and fix whatever needs fixed. No biggie.

Tell me, friends, what do you do to get your arms in shape? Oh, wait, I mean, what do you do to cure writer's block?

Ahh. Candyland Out.


Sherrie Petersen said...

I'll write down the problem on a post-it note and stick it on my desk as a reminder. Even as I work on other things or go to another section, the note is there reminding my subconscious that we need to figure it out. And usually within a few days we do. Yes, I said we :D

Carolyn V. said...

I love those ideas!

Sometimes I just sit down and write until something good spews out (plus I eat a ton of chocolate while doing so. Love that chocolate!)

S.A. Larsenッ said...

That photo alone will kick my writer's block. Great description! And you are correct: some of the biggest ideas came from just a pebble of inspiration.Truth being, the person simply took the time to take notice.


Excellent suggestions! I've found that taking the dogs for a hike is a surefire way to kickstart my creativity. Nothing like picking up dog doo in a bag to help you work through plot knots!


Elana Johnson said...

Wow - so cool you got inspiration that way! I always get ideas when I'm doing meaningless tasks like driving or mopping or showering. And yes, when those ideas aren't coming, pushing through is what I do.

Unknown said...

(LOL @your arms--I think very different things when I see mine!!!)

Anyway, to kick writer's block's butt...I put my own butt in the chair. Just sit there. Something eventually comes. If it's bad enough, I'll do something that forces me to stay in my room--like let my guy have poker night at our house--where I blockade myself in my office with snack, caffeine, and my computer.

Nishant said...

some of the biggest ideas came from just a pebble of inspiration.
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