A blog about writing and all things story…
|Bad hair day in Morrocco|
Add to that the United States debt crisis and the scary, confusing global economy, let’s face it, it’s a good time to be a writer. We’re surrounded by stories. Whether you’re a journalist, non-fiction or fiction writer, stories abound.
There’s much about this world I don’t understand and never will. But by reducing a world event to how I think one of my fictional characters may experience it, I garner a kind of global understanding I otherwise wouldn’t have. I realize how alike we all are and what a small, small world this really is. That’s why personal interest stories are so critical. Okay, climbing off my soapbox now.
Back to writing. There’s no excuse for writer’s block in my opinion. If you’re blocked in your own story, write another to break that obstruction, then return to your original work – unblocked. Make like John Grisham and create a quick legal or political thriller (in 30 minute timed writing like Natalie Goldberg teaches in Writing Down The Bones), or a spin on a major newspaper locating a sought after princess/monster in a swank hotel, or develop a personal interest story about a fictional day camp counselor in Norway who senses something is wrong. Or a fictional story about a dark queen, rock and roll icon’s last day. Stories are everywhere. All you need do is look.
There’s a story there.
Just look around. There’s stories everywhere. Just keep writing.
BTW – the Middle Eastern woman hung her head, walked out to the car and opened the door. She hesitated, then got in the front seat and closed the door. Decision made. I wonder what the end to her story will be.
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