Go Where Inspiration (and your car) Takes You

Go Where Inspiration (and your car) Takes You

Someone once told me they have a sure-fire way to defeat writers’ block, that it works for them every time. I replied, “Then you didn’t have writers’ block.”

Different times, places, objects, relationships can stop you from writing, just as they can open the floodgates.

Once, I wrote an apology letter to my lead character. I expressed my sadness that I was suddenly unable to write. And I expressed my determination to finish her story.

And yet another, my car steered itself into a cemetery I pass nearly every day. I had never been in there. I parked and walked. I found a spot that felt nice. I sat, I breathed in the air and had a conversation (yes, with myself).

It was refreshing. It was calming. I even got a character name from a headstone and a new scene.

Both of these examples cured my writers’ block — but probably wouldn’t work again.

And if either of these things sound insane to you, you probably aren’t a writer.



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