Working out the block

Working it out

We’ve all suffered from writer’s block at some point. The solution can be simple and right in front of you. Like many of you I have a ‘day job’, and I imagine like many of you working doesn’t captivate my interest not occupy my mind particularly well. Now, I could see that as a negative, but I prefer to enjoy the spaces my mind is permitted to wander whilst doing something else. I do some of my best thinking around the edges of what I am supposed to be doing. I think of it as being the mental equivalent of peripheral vision. Acuity isn’t what it could be on the tattered fringe, but there is an interesting ambiguity to that one cannot quite focus on. That ambiguity can free you to write without pressure or expectation. Half thoughts, two halves turning in to a third whole, a chance comment or random utterance can become the seed of… something.

Take Note

Exactly that – take note! Well, notes. If you’re sat in front of a computer screen, have a text file on your desktop called ‘notes’ or something similarly benign. If anybody sees it, it’s just notes for a meeting, project or similar work-related thing. A notepad is also useful – and it’s easy to use the front for work related matters and the back for your random musings. Reasonably easy to break from meeting notes to jot a few interesting character observations here and there. Put yourself in mind of transposition of self – the demeanour of Margaret from accounts could so easily become that of your next fictional heroine. Jot down anything that occurs. If nothing occurs, encourage yourself to take a few notes on the day for no particular reason. You’ll be amazed now far half a dozen words can take you by way of inspiration, especially when you have the means to make a mental record to aid recall.


Make a Change

Hopefully, you’re now well into your third page of musings on Margaret from accounts. Use what you’ve gathered today to build a short story around one character. Harness the contradiction between your professional and hopefully gloriously unprofessional mind, I’d love to hear what you’ve come up with. Let us know how you get on – leave a comment or head for Facebook and Twitter if you prefer, as well as our other social media networks from the links in the menu above.