This picture made me giggle. How many times do you look at rejection letters over and over?
When you do this you are staring at the closed door. STOP THAT! Shove those letters in a box or under a pile of books and stop wallowing. Keep looking ahead with your head up.
You can do this! Keep writing and working on your projects. Change your mantra to, “I will not stare at the closed door. I can do this!”
When a door closes a window opens…keep looking for your window!
When you sit down to write and absolutely nothing flows from the pen to the paper don’t worry; I have the perfect solution. Find a picture in a book, on the internet, or a photo album and use it as a story starter. Weave a story around the picture you find by describing the setting, the characters (if there are any), and use dialogue if possible. Try to describe scents and feelings without telling. Before you know it your paper will be full and your writers block will be over.
If you’re suffering from writers block today use this photo for your story starter…
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Writing can be difficult and sometimes writers feel like giving up. I’m here to tell you to KEEP WRITING even if you think what you are writing is junk. You’ll find something you can use when you come back to it.
You are doing what you love so don’t give it up!!!
“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do.
Where there’s love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”
Mailboxes (Photo credit: enigmapirates)
Ideas to get your creative juices flowing again:
- Buy unique pens and write in different colored ink
- Buy notebooks with pictures or designs on the pages
- Mail yourself postcards with one word on them and use the word you get in the mail to write for the day (or have your friend do this for you so it’s a completely random word)
- Eavesdrop (yes, I said eavesdrop) on a conversation at a restaurant or store. Go to a coffee shop and write the rest of the conversation you snooped in on
- Ask someone what their biggest fear is and write a story reflecting that fear
In honor of the Minnesota State Fair starting today I thought I would throw a few random fair story starters out there to get your writing juices flowing. The fair always seems to fall on the hottest week of the summer so everyone is miserably hot but we go anyway.I have skipped the fair for the past two years so I am going this year. The sheer volume of people and food amazes me every time I go. I’m looking forward to a corn dog, fries in a yellow and black cup, and a caramel apple from the horticulture building. I can’t force myself to try some of the crazy things vendors put on a stick and fry. Everything is eaten on a stick at the fair, including grilled glazed donuts, alligator, fried Twinkies and candy bars, ostrich, elephant ears, and scotch eggs. None of which will be on my list of must try foods, but they will be for many others.
By mid-afternoon the streets are so packed with people that your walking pace turns into a shuffle of feet and a bumping of shoulders because people are shoulder to shoulder as far down the street as you can see. I learned at a young age to get in line at a restroom before it became an emergency because the lines are long. I have seen small children escorted to the front of those long lines without anyone complaining because they couldn’t wait in line without having an accident. Minnesota nice typically prevails, even when there are between 100,000 and 200,000 people on 210 acres.
- Write a story from the point of view of the giant bear that is won in the Midway by a teenager and carried around all day.
- The ketchup pump handle has quite a story to tell as ketchup is continuously dispensed on corn dogs and fries.
- There is a tank in the DNR building that contains most of the fresh water fish that call MN home. Pick a fish (walleye, northern, crappie, pumpkin seed, etc…) and write what they experience as people peer at them and tap on the tank walls.
- Tell the tale of a lamb born in the birthing center, from the lamb’s perspective, during the fair while children and adults watch.
- This year there is a Pianos on Parade piano in one of the parks for people to randomly stop and play. The piano has a story to tell about all the different people who pause to play a song.
Some interesting facts about the MN State Fair:
- F. Scott Fitzgerald described the Minnesota State Fair in his poem, “A Night at the Fair” in 1928
- On average, there are 500,000 corn dogs typically consumed by fair visitors each year
- Approximately, 22,000 rolls of toilet paper are used during the fair
- During a typical year, 20,000 gallons of milk are served at the American Dairy Association’s all-you-can-drink concession
Blank Moleskine Pages (Photo credit: Sembazuru)
“I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done.”
Every author has days like this. Relax and the words will come to you. Keep writing, even if you think it’s junk and delete most of it later. You will have a nugget that you can use as inspiration to write more.