Visual & Written Ditties For Writer's Inspiration

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  1. Lara Moss

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    This thread is to share anything that might inspire writers, be it visual or written. We've all had writer's block from time to time and to find our muse is just what it might take to get those creative juices flowing again.

    Anything goes…share your own experience with "writer's block", share websites or Facebook links, quotes from something you've read that inspired you, pictures that tell a story, or visual finds such as these are just a few examples.

    The first one is of the...
    actual stuffed animals that belonged to the real Christopher Robin of Winnie the Pooh:

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    I have a problem with my short-term mem...

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    I used the word 'gargantuan' today in the novel I've just started. I think that's the only time I'll use it, though.
     
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    Tom, "gargantuan" reminds me of "monsters" like this…

    "I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose." ~ Stephen King

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    Learn how to write your own crime fiction novel by following this short video course. In this first video, Thriller School's lead instructor Sarah Williams, explores the different kinds of crime fiction to help you choose what to write yourself.


    This episode in the Thriller School crime fiction writing course looks at how to plot your story so that it fits the kind of book you're writing, and keeps your reader both intrigued and happy.
     
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    ...might come in handy, Tom, for your next book project: "The Case Of The Gargantuan Tarantula".:eek:
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    Just in case anyone is procrastinating :rolleyes:, here are are some more ideas for Writer's Block Procrastinations :D …workspace arrangement, pre-writing rituals, stationery choices, waiting for inspiration, snacks, beverages, finding the perfect font, workspace REarrangement, utilizing social media, pauses and coffee breaks, Advanced workspace rearrangement.

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    Just what is "Writer's Block" is it a form of editing the unwritten page? I've never heard of "Painter's Block". Is there such a thing? I always heard, that you are to write every day, for an allotted time. Isn't the writer's primary job, to put words on paper, just as a painter's is to put paint on canvas? Maybe it's the block, on which all the writer's live?

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    Someone (I don't remember who it was), said "there is no such thing as a writers block…only an idea block". Someone else said, "don't say you want to write something…only say, I want to write because I have something to say" (something like that). And another, "start before you're ready".

    These would make good bookends :D


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    Hey, I used the word "enthralled" from that list in a post earlier today! Can I be a writer now?

    Just kidding; I never felt that urge.

    I did read somewhere that one should write down their dreams as soon as awakening, not only to remember the dream but to use it somehow as inspiration for writing. Can that be true?
     
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    Oh, @Lara Moss, I really loved seeing the original stuffed Winnie the Pooh animals and those gorgeous fountain pens!! *gasp*
     
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    Well you can draw a line to the words writer's block. Then start writing when the inspiration comes. Don't stop writing until The End and there you have it a book. A book that you can turn into digital e-books, print book or a free book when you publish it online. Good luck and don't give up a best seller is bursting inside of you! :)
     
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    Lara, your "Words to use more often" list, reminded me of the Systematic Buzz Phrase Projector, that may be used, to spice up a report, and add authenticity!;)
     
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    If you have a job writing and get writers block you have to keep on writing as though your muse had not fled.
     
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    Bill, that's good advice.

    Joe, haha thanks for the phrase projector. Now you've unblocked our blockedness with parallel transitional flexibility. :D
     
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    I find that writing something every day is useful, even if what you're writing is complete rubbish. I write lots of rubbish - indeed I'm sure there are those who will say that both my books and contributions to this forum fit that category - but while I tend to keep the junk just in case, I have no intention of publishing it. I find the act of writing therapeutic.
     
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    Tom, you're right on track according to John Rogers (whoever he is). He said,
    You can’t think yourself out of a writing block; you have to write yourself out of a thinking block. ~ John Rogers

    By the way, I found the source to one of the quotes in post #11:
    I’ve often said that there’s no such thing as writer’s block; the problem is idea block. When I find myself frozen–whether I’m working on a brief passage in a novel or brainstorming about an entire book–it’s usually because I’m trying to shoehorn an idea into the passage or story where it has no place. ~ Jeffery Deaver (he's a mystery/crime writer).
     
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    That's quite close to the problem that I had, except that I was trying to fit a character into somewhere they didn't fit. In fact, since the character in question is six foot ten - gargantuan, indeed - that's not surprising. However, I've found a place for him elsewhere.
     
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    @Tom Locke , that reminds me of a person working a jig-saw puzzle, trying to make a piece fit.o_O
     
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    One of the most notorious pickers and unpickers was Henry James, for whom the adjective painstaking might have been invented. Reading one of his novels, you almost get a mental image of him writing a sentence, looking at it for two hours, shaking his head, crossing it out and starting the whole process again.
     
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    The Turn of the Screw by Henry James.
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    I think it was Ernest Hemingway who said, when asked 'why he rewrote the ending to "A Farwell To Arms" 39 times said, To get the words right.
     
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    @Tom Locke, I enjoyed reading your post in today's Good Morning thread of the e-mail -book-review you received: "The reviewer used the expression "deftly crafted." Before I could get too smug, I went back to have a quick check that he hadn't written "daftly."

    It brought to mind, the question,how does a writer handle rejection? 12 Famous Writers on Literary Rejection


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    “You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance.” – Ray Bradbury
     
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