As I stated in my Sunday post, I have stopped working the creativity recovery program I had started two months ago. I am sure this program and others like it work for a lot of people, but not for me. I encourage those individuals to keep working at it. As for me, I have another way.
The only thing that helps me to overcome a writing block is the physical act of writing. I write something everyday. Sometimes it is only in one of my journals. Sometimes it is just posting silliness on my Facebook page. Sometimes you get a blog post like this.
If you were to ask me my advice on writing, I would say:
1) Carry a journal and pen or an electronic device with a note-taking program with you AT ALL TIMES;
2) once a day in the journal or on the device, write one sentence that is an observation of something around you or in your life. Just one sentence. It can even be one word;
3) then try for a second sentence;
4) and then a third;
5) and keep writing sentences until no more come.
6) You will end up with at least one sentence a day. Add them all up and you will have at least 365 sentences. You will probably end up with a lot more. It is exponential once you are on a roll.
Then, if you do feel the need of some wisdom from those more experienced (and who doesn’t?), study your favorite writers. And if they have written books on writing, you have hit the jackpot.
Here is a list of my favorite books on writing. I refer to them often. Actually, most of the advice I give above are variations and paraphrases from some of these books.
Bird-by-Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamott
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King
Zen in the Art of Writing, by Ray Bradbury
Writing Down the Bones, by Natalie Goldberg
Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life, by Natalie Goldberg
Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words, by Susan Goldsmith Woolridge.
Now, get off-line and write. 🙂
Obligatory Disclaimer: I did not receive any of these books from the publishers. I bought ’em all and I like ’em all. 🙂