You are standing on stage, the curtain is drawn, the lights down. You can hear the quiet talk from the audience, feet running for a cold drink and last minute calls to the ladies room. You smell the artist make-up, thick on skin. The dusty costumes lets dust fly with every movement and scratches against your armpits.
You've studied, practiced, recited, and played the part. You know every line by heart, every movement, every stage direction. There's nothing to be afraid of. Nothing to be worried about. Right?
From the right, the stage manage gives you the signal and before you can count to three, the curtain begin their soft ascent. This is it! Here we go!
and then...nothing. You are frozen. No words, no action. Nothing.
Has it ever happened to you?
Here's your manuscript. You've plotted. You've researched. You've organized. You've gathered supplies. You've got a great idea, a unique setting and an amazing MC. There are fill in characters, costumes, props, everything for a perfect novel. You are ready to write!
The curtain comes up, the paper is fresh and clean, and empty canvas waiting for you to fill with color.
And you freeze.
do you inspire yourself? When you run into a brick wall, what is the
best way to see light again? I don't recommend busting through it. That
might hurt! But you can climb over it, or possibly dig under it.
New writers, as well as established
authors, occasionally walk around in the dark, needing some creative
light to spark their pen! That is not always easy. What can you do to
motivate your thought process?
For starters, take a look around you. What do you see? Flowers? Old books? Cars? People? Billboards?
Your inspiration could be right in front of you~
for fascinating colors, intriguing art, peaceful lakes, or rustling
streams. Your sight has the power of innovation through seeds of
beauty. Or anger. Or fear. What scares you? Heights? Then take a look at
tall buildings, or climb a mountain for views of height. Visit museums
and look at the objects and artifacts on display. One small
arrangement of jewelry, statutes, utensils, or tools might excite your
imagination enough to pull you over that wall.
Writer's block. It can happen when you least expect it.
Have you ever experienced it?
How did you knock that wall down?
If you need some writing inspiration or how-to tips, I suggest you check out one of the following blogs.
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