Writers’ Block?

“The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.” Philip Roth

Writers' BlockWill computers ever replace writers?

A Twitter exchange with a writer got me thinking. She was concerned about the idea of technology replacing writers.

  • Could it happen?
  • Will our creative spark save us?
  • Can we writers plug-in to a creative stream whenever we want?

Let’s do an experiment

“Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?” Kurt Vonnegut

Do you have a challenge getting started or unblocking yourself?

Why not try a wee experiment?

Here’s what to do:

Simple task

“writing about a writer’s block is better than not writing at all.”
Charles Bukowski

  1. Open the first spam or selling type email at the top of your email inbox
  2. Go five lines down and seven words in to find your starter word
  3. Write 250 words based on the word you find
  4. Complete the rough text in under half an hour
  5. Have a we correction session if you’ve time

… “for” self-selected as my word …

Dare to begin

“Don’t waste time waiting for inspiration. Begin, and inspiration will find you.”
 H Jackson Brown Jr

Why not try the experiment. One piece of advice: if you do, just start!

I started at 09:21 (I finished at 09:46).

‘You need something for that …’

… A mumbled  statement and I missed the first part. Something for what?

I rushed to the mirror and stared at myself. Was it the reddish-purple pimple with the yellow tip at the end of my slightly gnarled nose? Or my black, cracked, rough-edged fingernails? God, they looked like crumbly tombstones (talk about pizzazz) . Then there were my slightly cheesy feet stuffed into my creaky black lizard leather boots; sooo comfy and, okay, they’re slightly dilapidated, but the heels give me an impressive, rather intimidating height.

Something for that! Something for what? There’s  my fabulous, furry, feral feline; an appropriate cat for someone like me, you know: big and ugly, like a few pounds of greenish tripe. Of course, he smells better than cows innards most of the time.

Apart from scaring children … He sneaks up on them, making loud, alternate growls and hissy-spits, while arching his craggy, clumpy, mangy back. When up close, he bulges his dirty red eyes, and lunges with menace as little horrors shriek ‘MUMEEEeee!’ What a wonderful familiar presence for a girl to have.

In fact, there’s only one real problem with him … flatulence! Inferno fragranced the air with a hiss from a nether place. That was it! It was the scent of sulphur I needed something for.

It’s always good to solve a problem. I’m glad my friend didn’t insult me because I’d have been forced to turn her into something vile: a leprous frog, a squishy caterpillar … a politician …

I drafted the above 250+ words in twenty-five minutes. This was followed by a correctional review within the timeframe.

I’d love to know how you get on. Please share. Would you like more exercises?

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© Mac Logan