How do you deal with writer’s block? Ask 50 writers, you’ll get 50 solutions.
Earlier, I mentioned that when I wrote ad copy for my first job, I’d take a bathroom break to jump-start my creativity.
For Christmas, my mom gave me a note-book with Diva written in sparkles on the cover. She thought it would help if I ever got writer’s block. I have to admit, it doesn’t hurt.
The basic idea is look at the point where you’re stuck and figure out all the things that wouldn’t happen to move the story forward.
On the train this morning, I was trying to figure out what happened next in my short story. My main character needed money and I needed to introduce another character. The obvious choice was to have MC as AC for the money…and that’s what I started writing. And it was boring. So I switched it; she didn’t ask for the money.
OK, so that’s not exactly a thrilling story about how the Pixar Way heroically swept in to save my short story. But the point is that I needed to look beyond the obvious. What better way to look beyond the obvious right thing to do than create a list of all the things that wouldn’t, couldn’t, shouldn’t happen?