- Talk to a monkey. Explain what you’re really trying to say to a stuffed animal.
- Do something important that’s very easy.
- Try free writing.
- Take a shower; change clothes. Give yourself a truly clean start.
- Write from a persona. Lend your voice to a writing personality who isn’t you.
- Get away from the computer. Take pen and notebook, and go somewhere new.
- Quit beating yourself up. You can’t create when you feel ass-whipped.
- Stop visualizing catastrophes, and focus on positive outcomes.
- Stretch. Maybe try vacuuming your lungs.
- Add one ritual behavior. Get a glass of water exactly every 20 minutes. Do push-ups. Eat a Tootsie Roll every paragraph. Add physical structure.
- Listen to new music. Try something instrumental and rhythmic that you’ve never heard before.
- Write crap.
- Finish something.
- Write the middle. Stop whining over a perfect lead, and write the next part or the part after that.
- Do one chore. Sweep the ﬂoor or take out the recycling. Try something lightly physical to remind you that you know how to do things.
- Make a pointless rule. You can’t end sentences with words that begin with a vowel. Limits create focus and change your perspective.
- Work on the title. Quickly make up ﬁve distinctly different titles. Meditate on them. What bugs you about the one you like least?
- Write ﬁve words. Literally. Put ﬁve completely random words on a piece of paper. Write ﬁve more. Try a sentence. Could be about anything. A block ends when you start making words on a page.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
I think I'm gonna try this.
I am frustrated with trying to explain things here, or else I really don't like how things look on paper... I don't want to be " Fragment ideas and too many pronouns. Stop it, come on. You're not making sense now. You can't make them want you. They're all just laughing ..." So I think I might try to do some of theses... pillaged from writetodone.com
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