by Deniz Bevan
I’ve written a few blog posts before about overcoming writer’s block.
Sometimes it’s the result of a dearth of ideas, other times due to factors beyond our control.
One of the oft-suggested methods of overcoming a block is to repeat the same action every day.
I find it easier to write every day than to exercise every day!
|The Maiden’s Tower, Istanbul|
For those times when we can’t do that – faced with a deadline or the need to by-gum-get-things-done – I’ve got a few tips and tricks that have helped me:
Read poetry, especially something that’s written in a style completely unlike what you’re used to reading or writing. Penning a dark urban mystery? Read some Gerard Manley Hopkins. Creating a lyrical literary masterpiece? Browse some Bukowski. The contrast, and the turned-on-its-head way of looking at the world, tends to jump start creativity.
|The ancient town of Ephesus|
|Lake Geneva shoreline|
I love my Story Inspirations board
It’s useful for so many things:
--seeing the exact expression on a character’s face
--visualizing a location you haven’t had a chance to visit yet
--remembering to include details of colours and textures into descriptions!
--capturing the feel of a kiss (if you’re writing a romantic scene)
|The Aegean Sea|
It’s also useful for story prompts! Not sure how to wade into a scene? Pick a location or a pose or an object (yes, my latest pin is of a clawfoot bathtub!), slide a character into position, and begin to write!
What are your go-to methods for finding inspiration at the start of a writing session?