*Note: This concept will be discussed on The Writers’ Block podcast on 9/26. This podcast can be found wherever you get your podcasts, see the end of the post to get all info!
I had an English professor, Dr. Karen Kalenevitch, who gave us a trick to combat the hell that is writers’ block. She told us about something she called the story machine.
Now, what is this you ask? I’ll tell you.
You take an empty bag and write random phrases, places, date or names on it and throw them in the bag. You shake it up, and pull out 3 slips of paper. From those pieces of paper, you can construct a story. Perhaps from there, a free write. From there, a draft. From that draft, a revision. From revisions, to stories.
You may never know what you come up with.
With Love & Ink,
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I know where I was on this day 18 years ago. I even know the clothes I had on. I know what was on the radio, who I was on the phone with–even the shrill in my mother’s voice when she asked if there was a movie on Channel 4 when the second plane hit the other tower.
This week will be impossible for a great many people today. Writing, journaling, is a therapeutic tool. It is a way for you to confront what you are feeling in a controlled way. It is a way to heal, reflect and analyze.
There is a way to control and deal with tragedy and mourning. There is a way to deal with loss outside of medication. Writing is a purge of the soul as well as a tool against the encroaching madness of the world.
On today, consider blank pages to scream on. They are always willing to listen.
I want you to know that you have so many stories. You have so many stories on the inside of you. I want you to be brave enough to look for them. This week, during the second week of Back To Writing Month, I want you to find what is brewing in your mind and go after it.
I want you to seek it out.
Don’t shy from it.
Get at the story. Chase it. Don’t let it get away this time.
Summer offers me extra time to work on new things, but not always the time the to finish them. Some of those lazy summer days afford me time to daydream, planning and even freewrite! But the Fall? The Fall allows me time to go ahead and reach into that growing drawer of creativity to decide what to work on next!
On those long Fall nights, I have the chance to rework and revise. Fall allows me the thing I may not often have: time. As my kids fall back into their routines, I conform the writing schedule around the turning of seasons.
Master your time, create your day, and keep writing!
With Love & Ink,
*Remember it is Back To Writing Month on The Writers’ Block Podcast. You will be able to get the encouragement that you need to pick up the very work you forgot!