The Cure for Writer's Block
You are a writer, but do you sometimes find it hard to write?
One of my best friends is a chef. You wouldn’t believe how often he has a hard time deciding what’s for dinner.
This is normal. Whatever your occupation, you are subject to the same fatigue as anyone. Dentists get tired of looking at teeth, plumbers get tired of pipes and writers, well no matter how much you might love language, sometimes you’re probably going to get a bit tired of slinging words.
The amazing thing is, once you crash through that inertia, your brain will be there to delight and surprise you. There is nothing better for a writer trying to smash their writer’s block than to simply start writing. One of the best pieces of writing advice I ever read was simply, Give yourself permission to write a first draft.
Your first draft can be terrible and it doesn’t have to make sense. It’s primary function is to get your fingers and brain working together.
Once you start writing, magic happens.
We plan on publishing one prompt per week to get our writers writing as well as helping us to know our community a little better. We did this a couple of times last year with interesting results. We don’t intend for this to replace Creative Copy Challenge, but to rather work in a slightly different manner, exercising different creative muscles.
Prompts will be either visual or written. Both David and I will contribute our own entries in the comment section.
Here is the first prompt:
“She placed the box on the sidewalk, looked over her shoulder, and then slowly walked away.”
We look forward to reading what each of you come up with. Write a short paragraph or a full fledged short story, whatever you want.