What do you have to write? What small message (or large) do you think you have to offer? I know. You don’t think you have such a monumental thing to donate. Most of us believe we live mundane lives and underestimate what we can pass to others. But readers are interested in your life experiences.
What of your childhood? Go back. Somewhere you learned an important lesson, you found compassion seeing a crippled child, you heard your father yell an epithet and it chilled you, a birthday party went awry…
There are many techniques a writer can use to get himself going, to break the block. I have experimented with improvisational writing and find it to be very effective in getting my mind racing forward and my fingers flying on the keyboard.
You probably have seen the movies made from these great works written over a century ago – Sleepy Hollow (1819) by Washington Irving, Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde (1886) by Robert L. Stevenson, The Cask of Amontillado (1846) by Edgar A. Poe and many more.
We are so spoiled! I mean, we live in this fast-paced society and movies are faster to digest than the time it takes to read the original novel. So movies do perform a service. They save us time.
As writers, we are always looking for inspiration for a new slant on old ideas, for freshness inside ourselves. It’s fine to write gloom and thunder and broken hearts but I think all writers need UP messages and a cheerful attitude to draw them in, to begin their journey into expressing their voice on the printed page.
So we need a calling card, something that calls US into the act of writing. Let’s look at UP calls and see where that brings us.
I have always been about helping writers to break their block and to help them improve their craft. And so, one of the goals of Writers Block No More is to guide writers to sites from which they can grow new writing projects.
Writers are people. Duh! And all of us are different and have different abilities. Some people learn better from visual images, others audio, others tactile (uh oh, keep an extra eye on them. LOL).
These rules are basic to our very existence as writers and you may tend to ignore them. But any flower needs water to blossom, to grow to its full potential, to bring its beauty to the world.
Your brain needs the type of food to expand your writing skills and the basic blocks that build a sentence are words. The more words you know (and their definitions) the more beautiful the sentences you can build. Like a flower in its bloom, your writing should captivate and enthrall, capture and entertain, charm and enchant your readers.
Let’s look at a plan to be intentional in improving your vocabulary.