On Writing: Curing the Creative Rut
February 14, 2015 26 Comments
While everyone else around you seems to be excelling in their craft, accolades are given to everyone but you, your neighbors hit the jackpot…
Come on, I’m not the only one. You’ve surely been there, right?
A hellish place for sure. It’s worse than that moment you’re about to start the first sentence on a blank page.
It’s worse than having to wait 119 days until Jurassic World finally opens.
I talk out loud.
And I’ve yelled.
It’s humbling, but true. I imagine myself standing before the heads of Universal Studios or Disney and I’ve got five minutes (I’m generous) to pitch them my idea.
So I yell, I act, I pitch like a storyboard artist convincing the director that my idea is the only thing that will work. I talk aloud about something that I believe in.
I might not yet have an idea to believe in, but I believe that I will find one.
I encourage you to give this a try. Crank up some Fun. or Owl City, or Delta Rae on the ipad and dance.
Yes. Just start dancing. Let your body go. Just release the stress of everyday life. The last thing you want weighing you down when you’re trying to be creative is the rock-hard facts of life that your readers are looking to escape from.
And then ask yourself later, What did I talk about? Anything interesting? Jot it down.