I like Bob’s approach to this: don’t think of it as what to write but address it as ways to solve a problem. I believe too many address writing blocks as, “I don’t know what to write.” But think of it as a logic problem, “What happens next?” Or, to expand how it can be addressed, the who, what, when, how, where and why can be asked. “Why did that happen? Who did it? Who did they do it to?” These are the ways I use to cope when the funnel narrows and the words flow more slowly.
After all the hoo-ha about publishing, it’s a good idea to get back to writing, don’t you think? I hear many would-be writers say they have some great ideas but don’t know where to start when it comes to committing those ideas to the written page. So here’s my opinion on that with a sample process and some random examples:
- Make a statement on a blank piece of paper that encapsulates you idea.
- On a new sheet of paper write a locale for the idea. If it has grandma’s fried chicken, iced tea, and maybe watermelon, you might want to place it in the Southeast U.S. Or maybe set the idea in Montana, with thoughts of the good ol’ Southeast. If boots come to mind, and maybe a steak, you can’t go wrong placing it in the rural Southwest U.S.
- Who is gathered around grandma’s dining table, or in her kitchen? Name…
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