If you are really stuck and can’t get a word onto the page at all. Stop trying. Instead think of what is really bugging you. It could be family with too many demands and needs. It could be a job where you feel too much stress all day to even begin to unwind when you are finally home. It could be an event going on in your life, a marriage, a divorce, a death in the family or a friend, all kinds of little events too.
So write out your feelings. Don’t even start with a plan. Just start. Put a word on the page, you might even start longhand instead of using the keyboard. Pull the plug on the damn holding in all your feelings and let them bleed out for awhile. The words don’t have to make sense, spelling does not have to count. Vent for awhile, give in to being self centred long enough to spill out all the everyday clutter and poison that seems to litter our minds.
You will know when you are done, there just won’t be anything else left to write. Take a break then. Get outside, go for a drive, get coffee, whatever gets you away from the place you were as you wrote. Later, when you are back, decide if you want to read anything of what you wrote. You may just keep it for later or destroy it and get rid of all that pent up emotion. Sometimes you can get a lot of clarity from letting yourself vent thoughts and feelings.
Try writing now that you have cleared your slate.
Think of one kind of annoying day to day kind of task which irritates you about writing. For me it is just making myself stop all the other hundred little things I could be doing and settle down to start the writing project. Or, I could say the most aggravating thing is having a ton of material/ articles/ drawings I have as inspiration and information but I seldom take the time to organize it so that any of it is actually being used. It is a good idea to have information and inspiration around but at this point I should just dump it all and get rid of the clutter which does really bug me.
What writing related task are you putting off? Is there a way you could accomplish this and get it out of your way? Maybe pay someone to do it, or just give up and recycle it (as with all my paper stashes), or actually focus and buckle down to get it done?
Take the little things that keep you from writing out of your way. Give yourself more room to write?
Consider of a form of writing you rebel against trying, or even reading. Now use that yourself. Stretch your limits and open your mind to something you thought you could not, or would not do. Maybe you have never tried writing a poem, or maybe you never thought you could write horror or romance is just too mushy. Try something new, reach outside of your box.
From Stuart and What If Wednesday…
“What if everyone spoke the same language?”
This question comes from Unexpected Art: A Positive Blog.
Your life has been selected to be featured in an upcoming fairy tale style movie. What is the title and premise?
There are weird aliens from some planet or other, maybe more than just one, they’re everywhere. They claim they want to take over the Earth. Jerks!
Somehow they expect every human to just leave the planet and they don’t care that we don’t have mass transit between planets yet.
So, what great plan do you come up with to save the day?
There is a huge prize (cash money) for whoever writes the best new anthem for their province or state. Write the lyrics and add music if you like.
You’ve become an internationally famous belly dancer. One day you get an invitation to dance in a small Middle East country you hadn’t even heard of before. Deciding to go, the pay offered was really great and you wouldn’t mind a visit to a new place knowing you will be staying first class all the way.
On the last night of your tour, just as the curtain falls and you begin picking up the veils you dropped in dancing, a man comes backstage and grabs you. He bundles you into a crate, ignoring your struggles.
Where are you when the crate is opened and what happens next?
Next week this blog will be at WordGrrls.com running on Movable Type. Trying Movable Type again as I used to like it quite well. Spent yesterday on the install on the new domain. Still need to transfer this blog over (if that will work) and then get a template I like.