Written By: Kari Hawkey
Sometimes all it takes is a few words or ideas on the page to get you started. Quit giving yourself anxiety. Tell your self-critic to shut up… and use a writing prompt. Copy it down so you are no longer staring at a vacuous space on your computer screen or sheet of paper.
If you need more than just a kick in the pants to get going, take out your kitchen timer. Set it to 30 minutes and write as much as you can…
on your mark, get set, go!
by Kari Hawkey
Keep a dream log for a week. As soon as you wake up, write down everything you remember. Write every image and emotion you can recall. Once you have a list, turn these ideas into a surrealist poem.
(For more information, read Andre Breton’s Le Manifeste du Surréalisme – “Surrealism is based on the belief in the superior reality of certain forms of association heretofore neglected, in the omnipotence of the dream, and in the disinterested play of thought. It leads to the permanent destruction of all other psychic mechanisms and to its substitution for them in the solution of the principal problems of life.” You may also want to visit the website, http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/surr/hd_surr.htm)
by Cynthia Romanowski
Write a journal entry for your main character (or character you’re developing) dated January 1st. (You pick the year.) Was their New Year’s amazing or depressing? What did they do? Who did they hang out with? Who do they wish did? Do they have any resolutions or aspirations for the New Year? Is there a certain person or activity they should stay away from in the year? Make it a voice-y first person confession for a gold star.
“There is no such thing as writer’s block for writers
whose standards are low enough.”
~ William Stafford