Writer’s block is a funny thing. It’s not so much a block, for me, as it is a switch. I simply turn off, have no inspiration, can’t think creatively. It doesn’t come from exhaustion, usually, or from overexertion–it simply comes. Without rhyme or reason. One day, it’ll simply be there, and I can’t shake it.
One of the best ways I’ve found to keep my brain on my toes and ready for action is to write very short stories–essays, really–about anything at all, on a whim. I’ve written them about rollercoasters, blind men working in hippie communes, plastic earrings–anything goes, really, as long as you do it quickly and try to make it as engaging as possible. I call this technique improvessaytion.
However, I know me, and if I’m the only one giving myself these unblocking assignments, I’ll be giving myself stuff that I know I can easily write about. Nuh-uh, that’s not how growth happens. Therefore, I’m enlisting you, faithful reader, in this endeavor:
Send me any two of the following:
- A proper name
- An emotion
- A noun
- A brief (3-4 word) description of an event
- A location.
I will then, in turn, create a 1,000-word (or less) essay and post it up here (giving credit where credit is due, of course, for the inspiration).
How will you get these tidbits to me, you ask? One of three ways:
- Via email – anne (dot) chaconas (at) gmail (dot) com.
- Via Twitter – hashtag #improvessaytion
- Via Facebook (and Like my page while you’re there!)
I’ll do them all, as long as I can find the time (although, hopefully, writer’s block won’t strike for a while yet)! Keep checking back here for future improvessaytions!