Yes. I said Bananas.
Ok, in the interests of full disclosure I will admit I was struggling for inspiration to find a subject for the letter ‘B’ – wow, so impressive to hit a brick wall on only the 2nd letter of the alphabet, Wayne. You’re our literary hero! – but after days of indecision I lost patience with myself and made a ridiculous promise: The next object I see that begins with the letter ‘B’ is the subject of the blog for April 2nd.
One glance at the fruit bowl later and here I am. However, having utilised my Metaphor Crowbar and Simile Hammer (2 of the favourites from my Imagination Toolbox – patent pending) I realised that I might just be able to get this to work. In fact, this elaborate set-up and tenuous linking of an idea is actually a perfect example of what I mean by ‘going bananas with your writing’.
Stop being so sensible!
As adult, grown-up, sensible people walking around living sensible grown-up lives we can have a tendency to get bogged down in the boring, mired in the mundane and tied to the tedious – all the time forgetting that not so many years ago we were slaves to our once over-active imaginations. Remember when you were a child and you believed in magic? When every one of your toys had a life of its own? When hours of fun could be had making up new worlds and characters with or without your friends?
When you’re young and uninhibited, your creativity has no rules and no bounds. With ‘maturity’ comes a stifling self-awareness that will only hinder your writing. The initial stages of creativity – particularly when writing your first draft – should be free and flowing, unfettered by rules or fear of looking silly.
Cut Loose . . .
Throwing off those shackles will do wonders for your productivity and is the perfect antidote to Writer’s Block. If you find yourself at an artistic impasse, put aside what you are working on, pick an object and dare yourself to write 200 words about it. And don’t be dull or predictable. You see that pile of ironing in the corner? What if you looked over at it again and found that one of the shirts was trying to strangle a jumper, while a pair of pyjamas cheered them on? Perhaps that shopping list on the table is actually a coded message left by the retired cold war spy that’s living next door? Ridiculous? Yes. Childish? Quite possibly. But don’t stop to feel self-conscious. This is all about reigniting that inspirational spark and getting back in touch with your inner child, to bring imagination and creative flair back to your work.
So pick an object or choose an idea and . . . just go bananas!
Have you tried this technique? Did it work for you? What are your tips and tricks for beating Writer’s Block?
This was the 2nd post for the A-Z Blog Challenge. Follow the blog during April for more writing tips, inspirational life posts, short fiction, film-inspired articles and even some songs with audio recordings. Tomorrow’s post – C is for Cooking your Stories.