Thanks to all of you who sent me notes of congratulations and good wishes on this new adventure of mine into blogworld. It's been fun so far, and I look forward to our continuing relationship and interaction.
I’m often surprised at the misconceptions I see about writers and writing in writers’ magazines, books on writing, workshops, and seminars. After twenty-five years as an author and managing editor, I have developed my own opinions about some of these issues, which I will share with you over time. You, of course, have a right to your own opinions too. It will be interesting to hear your responses. So come on in, the water's fine.
Your English teacher was right--outlining before you write is a valuable tool. Even the Bible says, "If you want to build a tower, you first sit down and decide how much it will cost, to see if you have enough money to finish the job. If you don't you might lay the foundation, but you would not be able to finish" (Luke 14:28-29 NCV). In our case we don't run out of money; we run out of ideas, concepts, and words unless we plan well at the beginning.
Still, if you believe you have writer's block, then you are stymied, even if writer's block is a crock. So here are some practical ways to . . .
• Rework the last few paragraphs or pages you wrote to get your head back into the work or story.
• Call a couple of fellow writers and talk through your work, asking them where they think the material could go next. Even if you don't use their ideas, the discussion may get your creativity in gear.
• Call your editor and talk through the work, asking for professional input.
• Set your work aside for a day (or a week); then come back to it with fresh energy. The mental break may refresh your creative energy.
"Your Editor: Dream or Nightmare?"