Friday, February 18, 2011

How to cure writers block:

I heard this question over and over. What do you do for writers block?
Maybe what works for me will work for you.

I have two very effective solutions.

The first one may not apply to you guys out there. Or even to the women who are clean freaks. ( No offense meant.) Hey, we love you, babes.

Those of you who are writers, housewives, and or mothers might. Your day has started leaving you two choices write or clean house.

Let's face it, who is going to choose dirty dishes, dusting, laundry, making beds over a chance to sit down and create far away places in our minds and out our fingers. Isn't that what the breaks are for. First break dishes. Ok, enough of that back to writing. Second break filling washing machine. Ok, enough there too. I think you get to point.

Now the second and truly effective motivator is this:

Have a character ask a question.

Why does that work because someone else in the room must respond? Here's an example. (Ok, your character is alone; let him talk to himself.)

"What's the weather like outside?"..boring and innocent enough right.
"I think it started to snow."She walked to the window and pulled open the curtain.
"Come look at this!"
Now first person has to move and respond.

Sam moved behind her and rested his chin on her shoulder.
"Wow. It must have snowed all night. I guess we won't be going to the office today. …...CUT :)Here you can chose any response. In my version they go back to bed and well you know. A whole nude new scene.

Here's the best part, You Hate what you wrote. No problem you hate it because you thought of a better way for the scene to go. If you scrap it, so what. You're writing and the ideas are back. Bonus you if like it, now you have a whole new scene.

Questions or things to say that work in case you really have a block.

Who is/are....? he, she,here, joining us, responsible for this.

What is/are....? that, happening to me/you/them/it, he/she doing

where is/are...? your.?..,he/she/you going/ is any object/place your can name.

How is/are....? anything characters or even you the author or a reader might ask at this point that maybe has not be addressed or made clear.

Try it next time and let me know how you do. I'd love to hear.

Have a great day and keeping writing.


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