What’s YOUR Big Idea?

I have a sure-fire way to keep writer’s block at bay.  That said, I don’t consider writer’s block to be a real thing- I’ve always had ideas rushing at me.  As a result I have written some really crappy songs, poems and stories, but hey, at least I was writing.

I have a box that I call The Big Idea Box.  Into it goes all the little snippets of paper I create when a lyric or poem idea hits me.  I created it years ago.  It is a necessary repository- before that I just had scraps of paper lying around everywhere (sound familiar?).

I rarely have to dig into it but occasionally as a last resort I will grab a random slip or two of paper out of it.  Sometimes I can read the scrap and toss it in the trash with no regret, but often that scrap of paper results in a “Hey!  I have a great idea about how I can make this work!” feeling.  I never access the box unless I know I have at least one hour to dedicate to the process immediately.  I’ve always used it for song writing but it’s certainly useful for any type of fiction writing.

We all start things and never finish them.  Don’t let your big idea box be a catalyst for yet another unfinished story, poem or song.  Start writing those quick ideas down and clipping out those articles.  Shove ’em into your big idea box and don’t forget to dive in when you need a push.  ~TH~

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Write On And On And On

Paper.  Pen.  Idea.

We’ve all done it, thrown ourselves full throttle into a new interest, hobby or business venture.  Many folks even dive in financially, buying up all the fancy and “necessary” tools of the trade before the work has begun.  Then, 30 days later, poof.  The muse has exited, the shine is off, and we’re left with only a mirror reminding us that we failed.  What a dreadful way to treat ourselves!

Homemade Cat Toy

Homemade Cat Toy

One of the reasons that I refuse to stop writing (aside from the fact that I adore the process) is that the tools are always at my disposal.  Paper.  Pen.  Idea.  From there you can move into critiquing, editing, proofreading, heck even crumpling it up into a fun cat toy and tossing it in the trash when puss is through playing with it.

I suppose the roughest part of being a writer is the fact that you have to be somewhat introspective.  It’s a difficult thing to look at yourself objectively and then expect to grow something original out of those observations.  Yet many wonderful authors will tell you that those very insecurities may propel you into your next story!  We can rely on the fact that every person on the planet has insecurities, which means that you really do have a relatable story to tell.

Stein On WritingStop beating yourself up.  There are some great blogs and websites to help you push that stone up the mountain.  There are wonderful prompts and writing exercises to help you prime the creative pump.  Write a poem even though you’re not a poet.  Journal.  Go to the library and check out this wonderful book.

And if you really have to, go buy yourself a new pen and some new paper.  Then drain that ink and fill those pages!  ~TH~