Thursday, February 9, 2012

What Moves You...On

If the act of writing is what you avoid, even with a multiplicity of ideas waiting for light, then you're in the right place and with good company.

A blank page can intimidate even the most dedicated of writers, much less the fledgling ones that need a slight push to fly. So let's consider the writer's block as a place to jump into that page, just like all the starter blocks that allow us to move on.

  1. Draw a box, then write or type or record just one word for how you feel at this moment. [See, there is a way to creatively work inside a box.]
  2. This next part is not for the faint of heart where drawing or expansion is concerned. Use punctuation, drawings or squiggles to illustrate the word.
  3. Draw another box around the first and add two to three words, drawings symbols or other expressive designs to expand on that word, the idea or a stillness amid the chaos of life and survival.
  4. Continue to do this until you have filled enough of that blank page with free-form flows of words and visual stimulants to accept yourself as a writer and artist.
You don't have to have perfect columns, start or end with words, use lined or unlined paper. You can do it all in your head and see where the literal brainstorming takes you. And notice from the illustration, it doesn't need to be perfect, just heartfelt, to help move you on.

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