Posts Tagged ‘writing inspiration’

Spare Time

Friday, January 25th, 2013
Kitchen shelf at my friend Hillary's house. She is so into china.

Kitchen shelf at my friend Hillary’s house. She is so into china figurines.

Susan’s recent prompt at writing group was “SPARE TIME”. So I wrote a list of my characters in the Mrs. Iptweet book and what I imagine are their favorite spare time activities. I think Mrs. Smithee writes letters to her relatives to be opened upon her death.

Now I share one of my very own personal Spare Time things: I love to take pictures of any oddball thing I see. Somehow noticing the quirkiness that happens during the course of an “ordinary” day – as if such a thing existed – reminds me there is no such thing as an ordinary day.

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Momentum

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

We all know the advice about writing every day, that consistency is the best way to keep the momentum going. Oliver Stone said it best when asked what it took to write a script. Answer: “Ass meets chair.”

But what if you sit down one day and you just can’t do it? You are mired in your middle or you can’t get to the next plot point without sounding inauthentic. Or you simply don’t have time. These are the situations when our momentum is in danger of breaking.

Here’s a solution someone in my mom’s creative writing group shared: If you can’t/won’t write, sit anyway. Sit and do nothing. Chances are the rest will do you good. It might relax the knot in your scene. Or it might get you antsy to start scribbling.

And if you don’t have time? Take one minute. Everyone has one minute. Sit and do nothing. Nothing is space and creativity grows best where it has room. If someone asks what you are doing there looking idle, you can say, I’m working on my writing!

Calling a little corner of your day your writing time, whether you actually pick up a pen or not, means the structure is always in place for your writing to happen. Oliver Stone was right!

 

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