Since we are on a mini break from the challenge, and since I've heard that quite a few people have been suffering from a mental block as far as writing goes, I have a plan. First let me say I fully blame the block on the harsh winter, the tons of snow, the frigid temperatures, the drought, the thunderstorms, the stifling heat, the rainy season, and global warming and global cooling. Did I get everyone?
I mentioned in another thread, one of my favorite books (writing books) is called Room to Write
by Bonni Goldberg. She gives little assignments and what nots to help with writer's block. I thought I'd post a suggestion each day. Everyone is welcome to post what they have come up with.
Also if this doesn't appeal to you, check out Jan's thread and do some of her old lessons. They are genius and chocked full of good advice. She is good about responding to all who participate too. Here is the link:http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=67&t=37995 This week she is talking about magic endings. Some of you may say, oh that's what Shann was trying to say when she commented on my article! That is something I tend to point out from time to time.
If you only have time to do one thing or the other, check out Jan's thread. This one is more for fun, to help those who withdraw during challenge breaks.
So in my handy-dandy book, Room to Write,
Goldberg tells the reader the most important thing a writer needs to do is 1."...Show up on the page;"
2. "The more you can give up control over what you write; the more creative your writing will be;"
3. "Making room in your life to write, generates more room for your writing."
4. "The only true obstacle to writing creatively is a lack of faith that appears as fear and self judgment."
I thought I would start with one of my favorite topics, Dee are you out there because this will knock your knickers off! (Knickers is the UK word for socks right?
Today's assignment or topic or whatever you want to call it is SNOT.
Yes, that really is in the book on page 6 for you doubters!
She prefaces this by stating that there are many subjects that people consider naughty, impolite or just improper to write about, even though they happen to everyone. She isn't talking about dark subjects like incest, rape or abuse, but normal things like snot dripping from your nose at the most inopportune time.
So for today (or the next few days, write a page about snot and see where it takes you. When you're done think about how you felt before you began writing, and how you felt when you finished. Afterwards read it over and see if you have a scene you can incorporate into a story you're working on now. Perhaps it will be the start of a new story too.
Just to show you, I can have fun with snot. I'll start off. I'm going to write right on the thread, but you all if you choose to accept this assignment can do it however you want. You don't even have to share if you don't want to.I forgot to mention that one of the rules is to keep writing, don't stop if you can't think of what to write next and don't stop to edit or reread a portion as the purpose of this exercise is to keep writing no matter what!