ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZtypewriter-801921_960_720The following is an excerpt from a day in which I guest hosted my favorite writing group: Author-4-Author: A Virtual Group for Writers, ran by Savannah Morgan. If you are a writer, I strongly suggest you check us out at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/427464670759751/

If you are a reader, you may enjoy this exercise as

Here are 4 sites that have, in my opinion, good suggestions to overcome writer’s block.

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/7-ways-to-overcome-writers-

http://goinswriter.com/how-to-overcome-writers-

http://boostblogtraffic.com/writers-

http://flavorwire.com/343207/13-famous-writers-on-overcoming-writers-

Here is what stood out the most to me:

By Jeff Goins

Common causes of writer’s block

The reasons for your block may vary, but some common ones include:

  • Timing: It’s simply not the right time to write. Your ideas may need to stew a little longer before writing them down.
  • Fear:Many writers struggle with being afraid, with putting their ideas (and themselves) out there for everyone to see and critique. Fear is a major reason some writers never become writers.
  • Perfectionism:You want everything to be just right before you ever put pen to paper or touch a keyboard. You try to get it perfect in your head and never do, so you never begin.

How to not overcome writer’s block

  • You do not overcome writer’s block by refusing to write until you feel “inspired.”
  • You do not overcome writer’s block by wallowing in self-pity.
  • You do not overcome writer’s block byprocrastinating or making excuses.

·         The fail-proof solution

  • The fail-proof way to overcome writer’s block is one you already know. In fact, you’ve been avoiding it this whole time, because it’s precisely what you don’twant to hear.

You overcome writer’s block by writing.
The following is all my writing:

Today we’re going to try a combination of ideas, all of which came from the Children Writer’s Institute:
television-writing

Inspiration by picture (One: too many cooks spoil the dish) This picture was chosen from an article entitled 15 Astonishing Ways Television Series Make You Sharper By: Jay Adrianna You do NOT have to use the whole picture, you could use just the butterfly, or just blue skin, et cetera

Three Words (first to pop in my head) You may use any tense of the root word, ex) inspire, inspiring and inspiration.  The three words are: inspire, magic, great

Circle Method (one word is given and each one of us starts jotting down words in circle method around it, writing any word that comes to mind when you read it-HINT It does NOT have to make sense)  The one word is: Fashion
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If only one or two of these methods are working: run with it…this is about finding your muse, not following rules (imagination often hates rules)

Why 3 ideas instead of 1? Because provocative writing is about taking several ideas and mixing them all together!

This is what my following flash fiction was about:

Picture: Blue, alien, butterfly, pinkish-lavender swirls, open-minded (taken from open skull with things flowing out and refers to David Bowie’s outlook)
3 words: inspire, magic, great

From Fashion: David Bowie, song, style boots sexy Goth, antiquated, futuristic, shiny, satin, lace, icon, model, generational, and glam rock,

The following is my flash fiction

She had been mildly depressed since the wee hours of April eleventh. Her beloved music icon, David Bowie was now a bard in the afterworld. She was ready to live again, to move from mourning to tribute. She nodded to the makeup artist and he applied a liberal amount of vivid, bright blue, like he had worn in his Loving the Alien video. Shiny, silver sparkles were liberally applied around her green eyes. She was carefully helped into her costume. A white, antiquated shirt like the one he’d worn in his Sound and Vision tour in N.C., with butterfly sleeves that had a wide swath of lace at the widened ends. She parred it with high waisted, suspendered, red satin trousers that flared to an end at mid-calf, nearly identical to what Bowie had worn in his red mullet, eye patch days. She wore black metallic appearing, futuristic boots with six inch spike heesl that had silver diamonds studded in a line down the back. It was a multi-generational style she thought he would have approved of. Sexy, sort of Gothic, with the shirt, especially on her model thin body. Her long, super thick brown hair was streaked in pinkish-lavender swirls in an asymmetrical cut that was buzzed on one side and long on the other, flowing midway down her back. The cut was inspired by a Monster High doll. She felt great, ready to go on stage and sing her heart out to a collection of her hero’s songs–her personal favorites, not just his hits. She took a last, deep, emotionally healed breath and headed head out to make magic with The Width of a Circle, one of his glam rock hits.

Please feel free to do a flash fiction of your own from the above inspirations. Remember, you only have to use one thing. Bonus points if you use them all! I’d love for you to post in the comments below.

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