Writer’s block can be more fun than you think
By T. Lynn Adams
Call it mental constipation, arthritis of the mind, or just plain writer’s block. In all cases, it turns mental acuity into sludge.
Sometimes it only slows the mind for a few hours. Other times blank screens can stare at us for days, even weeks. Few things are more discouraging and defeating than writer’s block.
Few things can be as fun, too.
Let me share with you a favorite solution I’ve used for years. It only takes 15 minutes. Best of all, it is a crazy way to squirt mental oil through your thoughts.
So, set the timer for 15 minutes.
Now, quick--jot down the first three nouns that pop into your mind. Don’t think about them, just write them as they come.
(The first three that came to my mind were feather, radiator and Twinkie. Yours may be piglet, house, and bracelet.)
As soon as you have your three nouns, start writing a story with them. Don’t stop to think about your choices. Don’t stop to develop a plot line or characters. Just start writing. You only have 15 minutes to create and complete a very, very short story incorporating all three of those nouns.
And you must finish it before the timer stops. No novels here. Only one story, fully contained in a few paragraphs.
Don’t worry about style, punctuation or anything else. Just determine to spit out a complete story in a few minutes. And no fair changing a single noun! That is the fun of it. Just go with whatever popped into your head—no matter how unrelated they seem. You will be surprised at how you can weave them together.
When you're done, if you want to see what I did with a feather, radiator and a Twinkie, hop on over to my author’s blog at http://tlynnadams.blogspot.com. It took me seven minutes to write the story, though I did cheat and punctuate it before posting it on the Web.
Now that you are mentally flowing again, go work on your own stuff. And have fun!