I’m normally not one for Biblical quotes, but this morning this was fitting. Going along with the theme of working through writer’s block by, not writing, setting an intent in the mind, heart, and spirit can imitate the creative process.
If you find yourself in THE BLOCK consider the following:
1. What is is that you really want? Are you trying to move forward with character development; or is it the plot that is giving you trouble. Having clarity on what it is you are seeking out will lay the foundation to kick-start the creative process.
2. How do you plan to work with what you want? Are you planning to sit down and write this out immediately? Will you jot down ideas as they come to you and then develop them later? Knowing how you will work with the information reinforces your intent. You are establishing a plan of action once you get that creative boost.
3. Put your intent into some tangible form. So this may or may not involve writing. Paint or draw a picture of your intent. Do you want to move forward with the plot? Then consider what you have already accomplished and imagine it on one side of a hurdle. On the other side of the hurdle, paint what intent means to you. Could be an open book, a blank page or even squiggly lines of prose symbolizing the writing to come. Is the character your focus? Consider looking for representations of character progress. Drawing or writing about the development of a flower growing from a seed or a chicken hatching from an egg puts the mind in a place of progress and growth. If you need to write out your intent and then release it into the universe, then do it. This is an individual process so what works for one may not work for another. Try many different approaches and see what works best for you.
4. Walk away. After you have spent some time planning, planting the seed and confirming your intent, let the universe work its magic. It is okay to think about your plan on occasion, but don’t spend every waking moment focused on it. Give it time and space to evolve and grow. When the time is right, all will be revealed, and you’ll find yourself tethered to your seat working through your next wild ride.